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Pontiac's Compact Crossover Gives Good Vibes

Pontiac's little wagon is back, with new looks, new features and new power. It's a nice car, too, roomy and reasonably fun to drive.

And, as I had expected to, I liked it a lot. It's a vehicle that's easy to live with, and should continue to be so over the long term. more...

Catching the Vibe, West Coast Style

They called it the "Catch the Vibe"  Challenge, and it was definitely challenging.

It was also an interesting way for GM to get nearly 100 journalists, bloggers and folk like me to chauffeur rolling billboards for the 2009 Pontiac Vibe around three Canadian cities in an adaptation of the scavenger hunt theme. more...

Pontiac "Crossover" Gives Good Vibes - A Handy and Flexible Little Car

General Motors' latest collaboration with Toyota has brought us a nifty set of wheels that's perfectly at home in a wide variety of applications.

The General's version is the Pontiac Vibe (Toyota's is the Matrix), a five door wagon with enough space and configuration choices to make it ideal for young people, sales people - or just ordinary people who want a small and economical vehicle with more room than the average four door sedan offers.

Both the Vibe (which starts at $16,990US) and the Matrix are based on the Toyota Corolla, which is an excellent starting point. And while they offer similar features, the Vibe is arguably the better-looking of the two. more...

Aztek: Pontiac’s Combination Shot - An "SUV-nivan?"

Pontiac has built what may be the ultimate vehicle for homeless yuppies.

Its 2001 Aztek is a kind of hybrid, but not the gas/electric type of hybrid Honda and Toyota are pushing. Rather, it’s a hybrid minivan/SUV, taking highlights from both types of vehicle and creating something truly unique.

It’s truly ugly, too, but you don’t see that from behind the steering wheel and that makes it a lot easier to take – until you get out again.

I spent about a week with the Aztek GT and, while it isn’t the type of vehicle I would buy, it seems safe to say that those of the “young at heart and outdoorsy” persuasion may find it a nice blend that fits well into their lifestyles. more...

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Jim Bray is a member of the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada. His columns are available through the TechnoFile Syndicate.

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