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No Timetable Yet for Repairs on Pontiac Vibe

GM says it's waiting to hear from Toyota, as are millions of Toyota owners on affected vehicles with sticking pedals.

by on Feb.01, 2010

Vibe, sold by the now defunct Pontiac division, is functionally the same as the Toyota Matrix.

It looks like Pontiac Vibe owners will have to wait a bit longer before finding out details of the recall of their crossover vehicle, which was built on the same assembly line as the Toyota Matrix, one of eight vehicles due to undergo repairs because of  a potentially sticky accelerator pedal.

A total of 4.5 million vehicles have been targeted by the Japanese giant as part of the latest in a series of safety-related problems.  The Vibe, produced by the now defunct General Motors division, is functionally the same as the Matrix, sharing the same accelerator assembly that is giving Toyota so much trouble.

Repairs of the various Toyota models should begin later this week, Jim Lentz, president of Toyota Motor Sales USA, announced Monday as part of a media blitz designed to defuse the impact of the automaker’s quality problems.

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As for Vibe, “We just don’t know,” said GM spokesman Alan Adler, adding that, “We’re working it out with them.”


GM Claims Pontiac Vibe is Safe to Drive

No "relevant” customer pedal complaints on shared, and recalled, Toyota design with 2009-10 Pontiac Vibe models.

by on Jan.29, 2010

The Vibe show can go on, according to General Motors. It does have pedal complaints, though.

Neither the Toyota unintended acceleration floor mat recall, nor last week’s sticking pedal recall should give Pontiac Vibe owners any cause for concern, according to General Motors.

Even though the Vibe shares a common platform with the recalled Toyota Corolla and Matrix models, “based on GM’s experience, the Vibe is safe to drive,” was told by a General Motors spokesperson.

GM has not received any “relevant” customer complaints for the 2009-2010 Pontiac Vibe.

The company also says that there were not any complaints found in a search of U.S. and Canadian databases.

However, since it was announced that the Vibe was included in the two Toyota recalls, GM says “we have received several complaints of alleged sticking accelerator pedals. To the best of our knowledge, the Vibe vehicles were safely brought to a stop. We are investigating each of the claims.”

GM says it will communicate with the approximately 99,000 Vibe owners in the United States and Canada as soon as it receives additional information to share about the recall from Toyota.

Any customer who experiences any accelerator pedal issue should immediately park the vehicle, and have it towed to their GM dealer for an inspection, the company said.

The Vibe was built through August 2009 at the New United Motor Manufacturing (NUMMI) plant in Fremont, Calif., which was a joint venture of GM and Toyota.

Toyota is in the process of shutting the plant down.

Toyota Expands Recall; Rental Firms Pull Toyotas

by on Jan.28, 2010

Yet another million vehicles added to recall list, while daily rental companies pull Toyotas from their fleets.

The blowback from Toyota’s recent spate of safety recalls keeps mounting – as does the actual number of vehicles involved.

The automaker has quietly revealed that the recall it first announced last October is expanding by another 1.1 million cars, trucks and crossovers.  At the time, Toyota said it would need to make safety-related repairs to 3.8 million vehicles in which it determined floor mats might inadvertently “entrap” accelerator pedals, leading to a loss of control.  That number was previously increased to 4.2 million and now stands at 5.3 million Toyota products.

Meanwhile, a number of major car rental chains have announced they will be removing Toyota products from their fleets in a move one firm described as “an abundance of caution.

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“It’s bad,” said Dave Sargent, head of automotive research for J.D. Power and Associates.  “Their image and their success has been based on building high-quality, safe and reliable products.”


Toyota Recalls Corolla, Matrix and Scion xD models

Power brake failures are possible in cold weather states.

by on Aug.29, 2009

All the recalled cars have 1.8-liter engines.

All the recalled cars have 1.8-liter engines.

Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc., will launch a voluntary Safety Recall next month with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) involving approximately 95,700 Toyota and Scion vehicles sold in the United States; about 10,000 2009 Pontiac Vibe models are affected as well.

Some of the vehicles were built at New United Motors Incorporated, the plant in California that Toyota will close next March. Pontiac Vibe models ceased production there earlier this month. Other models were built at Toyota City in Japan and Cambridge, Canada.

On some 2009 and 2010 model year Toyota Corolla, Corolla Matrix, and 2008 and 2009 Scion xD vehicles all equipped with 1.8-liter engines, Toyota says that if the vehicle is operated in cold weather, there is a possibility that condensed moisture from the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) port may seep into the brake system vacuum port and freeze.

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Over time, ice may accumulate at the vacuum port and in the extreme case, ultimately plug the vacuum port, which supplies the power brake booster. Because of the accumulation of ice, power assist to the brakes would gradually decrease and lead to lengthened vehicle stopping distances.


High Cost NUMMI Plant on Chopping Block

Historic UAW contract expires next month, and its only California presence hangs in the balance.

by on Jul.21, 2009


Toyota has never closed a plant anywhere.

As Toyota Motor Corporation ponders the fate of New United Motors Manufacturing Inc. in Fremont, California in the San Francisco Bay Area, the United Auto Workers is fighting to protect is last foothold in manufacturing on the West Coast.

UAW officials have confirmed that the union has been holding talks with Toyota about NUMMI, after Toyota said the plant is no longer competitive because of its location and labor costs. With the cessation of production of the Pontiac Vibe, and General Motors Company’s announcement that it is abandoning its share of NUMMI, the future of the huge plant, already working at partial capacity, is tenuous at best. Toyota owns 50% of the plant. 

The NUMMI plant, which has more than 5,400 employees, including 4,500 union members, has the capacity to build more than 420,000 cars and trucks annually. 

NUMMI is also the only automotive assembly plant operating in California where the unemployment rate now hovers at more than 11%. The San Francisco congressional delegation includes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democrat George Miller, the chairman of the House Committee on Labor and Education.

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“We need to determine whether it can be economically feasible to contract with NUMMI without GM. Under the current business circumstances, Toyota regrettably must also consider taking necessary steps to dissolve the joint venture,” the Japanese automaker said in a statement.

Toyota has never closed a plant anywhere in the world.


General Motors Abandons NUMMI this August. Toyota faces Tough Choice on Plant’s Future

Latest development comes as GM prepares for a vital bankruptcy sale hearing next week in New York.

by on Jun.29, 2009

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"It may take some time before the future of NUMMI is determined." It won't be part of GM, though.

The longer term prospects for the survival of the NUMMI plant in California just diminished as GM has announced it intends to abandon the plant as part of its bankruptcy proceedings.

Troy Clarke, president, GM North America, has just issued the following statement: “As part of its long-term viability plan, General Motors has decided that its ownership stake in the New United Motor Manufacturing Incorporated (NUMMI) joint venture with Toyota will not be a part of the New GM.”

Insiders say that GM made Toyota an offer for a new product, but the Japanese company delayed and stalled. Then, Japanese executives were completely surprised when Fritz Henderson, GM’s CEO, made a decision to stop talking and move forward by stopping all GM production at what was already an under utilized plant.

“While we respect this decision by GM, the economic and business environment surrounding Toyota is also extremely severe, and so this decision by GM makes the situation even more difficult for Toyota. We will consider alternatives by taking into account various factors,” said Mike Goss of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America Incorporated.

The Pontiac Vibe termination was previously announced a little more than one week ago. However at that time both GM and NUMMI spokespersons said that the current intention of both Toyota and GM is to continue NUMMI as a 50/50 venture. That is now officially no longer the case, and it presents Toyota with a problem since NUMMI is the only UAW plant in North America that Toyota is dependent on.

Japanese makers almost universally prefer non-unionized facilities here. And if the GM bankruptcy goes as planned, contracts such as the one governing NUMMI will be invalidated and Toyota will have to decide whether to buy the  facility or shutter it,  and then what does it do with the union?

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If  Toyota buys NUMMI out of bankruptcy, the UAW contract governing the plant would presumably be invalid, allowing it to shed the union, but it is a potential political nightmare of the kind Japanese makers normally try to avoid. The existing workforce could strike and demand that the UAW still represent them.


Pontiac Vibe to Cease Production at NUMMI

The future of the union plant shared with Toyota is unclear.

by on Jun.18, 2009

Toyota Matrix 2009-2010

The longer term prospects for the plant are by no means clear, since NUMMI is the only UAW plant in North America that Toyota is dependent on.

The Pontiac Vibe crossover vehicle will go out of production at the end of this August at the New United Motor Manufacturing Incorporated (NUMMI) facility that is jointly operated by GM and Toyota in Fremont, California.

It is expected that the Toyota Corolla built there, which is closely related to the Vibe and shares the same basic architecture, will continue for the time being.

However, the longer term prospects for the plant are by no means clear, since NUMMI is the only UAW plant in North America that Toyota is dependent on. Japanese makers almost universally prefer non-unionized facilities here. And if the GM bankruptcy goes as planned, contracts such as the one governing NUMMI will be invalidated.

Troy Clarke, President, General Motors North America, said that no replacement for Vibe production has been determined. “GM and Toyota remain in active discussions regarding potential future production at NUMMI,” Clarke said.

The latest cutback is part of GM’s long-term viability plan, which — after the U.S. Treasury Department said it wasn’t viable — was modified to eliminate the Pontiac brand, instead of retaining it as a niche product as originally proposed.

A NUMMI spokesperson confirmed that it will not manufacture the Pontiac Vibe after August 2009, but will continue to produce the Toyota Tacoma and Toyota Corolla.  

“NUMMI will focus on building high quality vehicles and work on lowering its costs while GM and Toyota discuss NUMMI’s future direction. It is our understanding that the current intention of both Toyota and GM is to continue NUMMI as a 50/50 venture,” according to Lance Tomasu from Communications and External Affairs at NUMMI.