Toyota may kill the Matrix

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Re: Toyota may kill the Matrix

Postby ParknVibe » Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:32 pm

There was NO Matrix on the floor of the 2013 NYC auto show. Toyota's cars look very dated. However you should of seen the 2014 Corolla. Very slick!

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Postby cythraul » Wed Jun 10, 2015 2:40 am

CAMOGIRL wrote:Well, isn't the matrix just a corolla hatch anyway?


http://www3.toyota.com.au/corolla?WT.ac ... sitCorolla

Why can't we get that in NA?
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Re: (06pvibe)

Postby tpollauf » Wed Jun 10, 2015 4:40 am

cythraul wrote:
CAMOGIRL wrote:
Why can't we get that in NA?


Can't answer that question BUT it surely resembles the Vibe/MAarix
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Re: (06pvibe)

Postby cythraul » Wed Jun 10, 2015 2:14 pm

tpollauf wrote:
cythraul wrote:Why can't we get that in NA?

Can't answer that question BUT it surely resembles the Vibe/Matrix


They say "The world's most popular small car."

Yah right, start selling it outside Australia and we'll see. :)

According to Wikipedia, it's a rebadged Auris..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Corolla_%28E170%29

Toyota in Australia and New Zealand launched the E170 series Corolla sedan in late February 2014. An equivalent hatchback model is also retailed under the Corolla banner, but this is actually a rebadged Auris released earlier in 2012. For the sedan version, which is imported from Thailand, there are three different variants: the base Ascent, the mid range SX model, and the flagship ZR. The Corolla sedan and hatchback (Auris) were together in 2014 the top selling car in Australia.


So it is the best selling car but only in Australia. :)

The Auris entry mentions the following:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Auris

It was not sold in North America, as the larger Toyota Matrix had taken its place in the lineup prior to its discontinuation in 2014.


So it's settled. I'm moving to Australia.
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Re: Toyota may kill the Matrix

Postby ctgottapee » Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:12 pm

They'll make something like the matrix

I'm sure their polling whether to rebrand the segment or to keep the name. It will go on the corolla platform so not much would change.
They must be a little aggravated that this segment is hot in NA and they created and sold the vehicle in NA forever without much super success

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Re: Toyota may kill the Matrix

Postby cythraul » Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:59 pm

ctgottapee wrote:They must be a little aggravated that this segment is hot in NA and they created and sold the vehicle in NA forever without much super success


As someone else said in this forum, marketing on the Matrix was non existent. Plenty of Corolla marketing tho.. If they'd put as much marketing as Kia put on the Soul, they'd sell the a lot of Hatchback Corollas in NA, I'm sure. Look at the price range in AU$:

http://www.caradvice.com.au/358981/2015 ... fications/

With a 1300kg (2866lbs!) towing capacity with braked trailers, I would not hesitate an instant to buy it.
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Re: Toyota may kill the Matrix

Postby jake75 » Wed Jun 10, 2015 4:23 pm

I read in USA Today that sales of the new 2016 Honda HRV are impressive. I checked one local dealer's inventory and all he has are AWD.
MSRP's are no more than what they were for the 2009-10 Vibes.
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Re: Toyota may kill the Matrix

Postby cythraul » Wed Jun 10, 2015 6:31 pm

jake75 wrote:I read in USA Today that sales of the new 2016 Honda HRV are impressive. I checked one local dealer's inventory and all he has are AWD.
MSRP's are no more than what they were for the 2009-10 Vibes.
see http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/car ... /28780777/


Nice find! Unfortunately, north of the 49th parallel, it's not available. :(

Good news tho, I found the NA Auris!

http://www.scion.com/cars/iM2016/

The question is: why try to resuscitate Scion while robbing this car from Toyota's lineup?
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Re: Toyota may kill the Matrix

Postby Jamaroon » Fri Jun 12, 2015 4:49 am

cythraul wrote:
jake75 wrote:I read in USA Today that sales of the new 2016 Honda HRV are impressive. I checked one local dealer's inventory and all he has are AWD.
MSRP's are no more than what they were for the 2009-10 Vibes.
see http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/car ... /28780777/


Nice find! Unfortunately, north of the 49th parallel, it's not available. :(



Not available yet, it's coming in the fall.
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Re: (06pvibe)

Postby JPark » Wed Jul 08, 2015 10:34 am

cythraul wrote:
tpollauf wrote:
cythraul wrote:Why can't we get that in NA?

Can't answer that question BUT it surely resembles the Vibe/Matrix


They say "The world's most popular small car."

Yah right, start selling it outside Australia and we'll see. :)

According to Wikipedia, it's a rebadged Auris..

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Corolla_%28E170%29

Toyota in Australia and New Zealand launched the E170 series Corolla sedan in late February 2014. An equivalent hatchback model is also retailed under the Corolla banner, but this is actually a rebadged Auris released earlier in 2012. For the sedan version, which is imported from Thailand, there are three different variants: the base Ascent, the mid range SX model, and the flagship ZR. The Corolla sedan and hatchback (Auris) were together in 2014 the top selling car in Australia.


So it is the best selling car but only in Australia. :)

The Auris entry mentions the following:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toyota_Auris

It was not sold in North America, as the larger Toyota Matrix had taken its place in the lineup prior to its discontinuation in 2014.


So it's settled. I'm moving to Australia.


No need. The Auris is coming to NA in the form of the Scion iM. Due in the fall.
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Re: Toyota may kill the Matrix

Postby cptnsolo77 » Thu Jul 09, 2015 7:36 am

I think it look pretty good. The styling isnt that bad and I like the interior. however my 03 Vibe gets just as good MPG and its a 12 year old car. Scion could have done better. As fas as funtionality why buy the IM if there are cheaper cars out there that are just as good.
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Re: Toyota may kill the Matrix

Postby mbz321 » Sat Feb 06, 2016 6:26 pm

And with the coming demise of Scion, it looks like the iM will be transitioning back to the Toyota brand. It would be interesting if they throw the 'Matrix' name back on it :lol:

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Re: Toyota may kill the Matrix

Postby SeattleJeremy » Sun Feb 07, 2016 10:33 pm

mbz321 wrote:And with the coming demise of Scion, it looks like the iM will be transitioning back to the Toyota brand. It would be interesting if they throw the 'Matrix' name back on it :lol:

The "M" likely stood for Matrix in the first place :D
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Re: Toyota may kill the Matrix

Postby RRich89 » Wed Feb 10, 2016 10:43 am

I wonder if under Toyota the iM will be offered in multiple trims? I think the iM is a decent car but its lack of options was a big negative in my book.

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Re: Toyota may kill the Matrix

Postby thebarber » Thu Feb 11, 2016 7:15 am

RRich89 wrote:I wonder if under Toyota the iM will be offered in multiple trims? I think the iM is a decent car but its lack of options was a big negative in my book.

but it comes loaded...

what options are you looking for?

just search for the Auris on toyota.co.uk and see what they offer....they'll like have more things than will be available on a USDM version, but you'll get an idea...
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Re: Toyota may kill the Matrix

Postby RRich89 » Mon Feb 15, 2016 8:09 am

Well for starters I really like the sunroof on my '06 Vibe and was disappointed that the iM didn't offer one also I'm not seeing foglights (maybe a dealer installed extra?) which for me are a necessity. I'm also thinking of treating myself to heated seats, remote ignition, leather/leatherette seats and a power driver seat with my next car; all of which the iM does not offer. If the Toyota iM would offer some combination of those features I would consider it. This is all at least a few years down the line for me so time will tell where Toyota goes with the iM.

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Re: Toyota may kill the Matrix

Postby MacGyver » Fri May 06, 2016 5:35 am

I really wanted to like and buy the iM, but I simply don't fit. The roof is lower than either first or second gen Vibe/Matrix, and it doesn't even have a sunroof. I hit my head while shoulder checking. And the interior feels crammed. Also the CVT is goofy with simulated shift points that add no value whatsoever.
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Re: Toyota may kill the Matrix

Postby Bastranz » Fri May 20, 2016 11:25 am

MacGyver wrote:I really wanted to like and buy the iM, but I simply don't fit. The roof is lower than either first or second gen Vibe/Matrix, and it doesn't even have a sunroof. I hit my head while shoulder checking. And the interior feels crammed. Also the CVT is goofy with simulated shift points that add no value whatsoever.


I feel the same way about the iM. I hit my head upon entry, and I agree that it's quite cramped compared to the Vibe. I really love the high roofline of the Vibe for a variety of reasons.

I guess whenever I move to a newer car, I'd have to upgrade to the SUV level if I want plenty of space?
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Re: Toyota may kill the Matrix

Postby Capt.Vibe » Wed May 25, 2016 4:25 pm

I won't be buying it either. They don't make it in bare bones, no AC and power nothing like my Vibe. :lol:

A shame really, I really like the look. I'll look into the Cruze hatchback for 2017, hopefully they'll offer it in a base manual L model like the sedan version.
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