If you’re planning on throwing a wake for the Pontiac brand, we’d suggest clearing the month of August on your calendar. General Motors announced today that production of the Pontiac Vibe, possibly the last Pontiac model offered to consumers, will end by the close of August 2009.
As previously reported, the 2010 Vibe appeared to be one of the last Pontiac models sold to consumers. Although production of the 2010 model had already commenced in small numbers, product planners apparently saw fit to kill production sooner than later. We’re not surprised — the brand is slated to disappear altogether by the end of 2010.
This does, however, throw NUMMI — the collaborative manufacturing partnership between GM and Toyota — into doubt. Both the Vibe and the mechanically identical Toyota Corolla Matrix are assembled in the same plant in Fremont, Calif. GM claims it has no replacement for the Vibe portion of production, but is currently in “active discussions” with Toyota regarding future NUMMI-built products.