Uniquely combined, the Vibe defies traditional vehicle classification. It offers a spacious, versatile interior in the guise of a compact car, and the features of a sports car, sport wagon and SUV all at the same time. It rides tall, has available all-wheel drive, offers innovative storage systems and cargo-hauling capacity, and features strong performance, with a 180-hp engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission on GT models. Its interior is thoughtfully done and accommodating. It's been tailored to fit the lifestyles of young, active buyers by delivering an unprecedented level of convenience. Comfort is a key attribute, as is storage space. The rear seats fold flat at one touch to create a level load floor - and 57.2 cubic feet of cargo volume. The front passenger seat folds flat into a worktable. The convenient, easy-to-use liftglass/liftgate system is designed for optimal accessibility. Vibe will make its mark on the segment not only by offering unprecedented versatility but also by unleashing surprisingly high performance. The performance model, Vibe GT, has a 1.8-liter 180-hp four-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission - a powerful combination of 100 hp/liter of specific power output. The engine uses variable valve timing and lift (VVTL-i). The GT engine powers the Vibe from 0-60 mph in the low eight-second range. The power boost comes from a combination of tweaks, including modified heads and the VVTL-i system that increases the intake/exhaust lift when engine speed is high to improve output and fuel efficiency. The Vibe was jointly developed with Toyota's Matrix at the GM and Toyota owned New United Motor Manufacturing, Inc. (NUMMI) facility in Fremont, California.
Company press release, last updated before 12 / 01 / 2004