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Hi Patty I will be buying a new car in the next few weeks. Two of the models I am interested in are the Pontiac Vibe and the Toyota Matrix. In reading the avail spec info on line, all I can really determine is a difference in the transmissions. Are they both made by Toyota? Are there any other mechanical or engineering differences that you can point out. I know that both cars are supposed to be pretty much the same. I am not that interested in the obvious cosmetic differences as they are easily apparent. Thanks Samantha - Phila, Pa

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Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear Samantha, The Pontiac Vibe and Toyota Matrix are fraternal twins born of the Toyota-General Motors NUMMI New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. partnership that goes back more than 20 years. Essentially, the two cars are nearly identical mechanically and internally, and can only be differentiated by paying careful attention to trim and badging. They were introduced in 2003 model year and are based on the Toyota Corolla platform. They carry the same warranties. However, they are manufactured in different factories. The Vibe is produced at the NUMMI plant in Fremont, California; but due to limited production capacity there, the Matrix is produced at a Toyota plant in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. Hope this helps. Lori Johnson

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