The GM/Toyota partnership known as NUMMI builds but one vehicle for GM: the Pontiac Vibe. And it will continue to do so. Until the end of August, that is. GM’s announced that’s when they’ll cease production of the Toyota Matrix’ platform mate at the California plant. The press release states “While no replacement for Vibe production has been determined, GM and Toyota remain in active discussions regarding potential future production at NUMMI.” What’s next for NUMMI?
Toyota will keep producing Corollas and Tacomas there, but GM is in talks with three states about facilities to produce their next small car instead of letting NUMMI do it.
So what do you think? Will GM build another Corolla-based car there? (Coradillac?) Or will GM use its bankrupt status to walk away and dump NUMMI on Toyota? And if GM walks, will Toyota cut costs by moving Tacoma and Corolla production somewhere else with lower (i.e., non-UAW) labor costs?