Toyota might be nixing the Matrix after two generations of building the Corolla-based hatchback.
Originally a joint-venture between General Motors and Toyota, the Matrix was also sold as the Pontiac Vibe, but that car died along with the brand. Now, Toyota is thinking about discontinuing the car for the U.S. market, although it will remain in Canada. It isn’t clear when Toyota will stop selling the Matrix, but the Corolla, along with several other vehicles, is due for a redesign next year, which could serve as an easy break for the brand.
It won’t be surprising if Toyota decides to go through with the decision. Previous reports suggested in September that the car’s slow sales were likely enough to justify cutting it from the U.S. lineup.
Meanwhile, Honda is planning to build a sub-compact crossover based on its Fit platform, but according to Automotive News, Toyota says it doesn’t plan to follow suit. Instead, the RAV4 will remain its smallest offering in the utility vehicle segment.
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[Source: Automotive News]