The Toyota Matrix also referred to as the Toyota Corolla Matrix is a compact hatchback vehicle manufactured by Toyota exclusively in Canada for the North American and Mexican markets. This vehicle is seen as the sporty version of the Toyota Corolla which is also available in the North American market. Toyota considers the Corolla and the Matrix in similar terms when it comes to accounting for sales figures.
The Matrix has emerged as a joint venture between Toyota and General Motors with the GM version being known as the Pontiac Vibe which is assembled in the US. Another version was known as the Toyota Voltz and was assembled and sold in Japan only from 2002 to 2004. Sales figures could not exceed 2000 cars in total before production was halted in Japan. The Japanese version was also quainter in terms of its resemblance (in terms of styling) to the Pontiac Vibe in place of the Toyota Matrix.
Both the Corolla and Matrix display quite a few similarities in terms of mechanical construction and spare parts as well as design philosophy. On the other hand, the Vibe and the Matrix, both are pretty much the same thing inside and out. Both vehicles are narrow and tall station wagons styled in a quasi-SUV fashion which earns them the title of CUV (cross over utility vehicle) from Toyota’s end. This style of vehicle was also been referred to as “sports wagons” and have been designed to attract the crowds of young car buyers who are looking for a sporty, yet a functional vehicle for everyday use. The Corolla comes with a trunk which is absent in the Matrix and ends up being a visible distinguishing feature.
The Toyota Matrix and Corolla are similar otherwise, both in terms of vehicle layout and technology employed in the vehicle designs. The first Matrix rolled over from production lines to the markets in 2002 which continued unabated till 2005 when it was given a minor facelift for the 2005 model year up to the 2006 model year. The Matrix received a major style job in the 2007 model year which was done in the same time frame as the design of the tenth generation Toyota Corolla.
The latest version of the Matrix came in 2010 and it was equipped with a 16 valve, 2.4 Liter engine that can provide 158 horse powers at 6000 RPM. This model can be bought with a 5-speed manual, or 4 and 5-speed automatic transmission package.
This latest model is still being manufactured and sold in the United States, slated for an upgrade version very soon.
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