• picky pundit Posted: 6/29/2009 7:00pm PDT

    It's a shame this plant apparently will fade into the sunset. Why can't some new[to the US] automotive concern utilize the site and built-in labor force to assemble product Surely the costs of setting from the ground up vs. a "turnkey" operation would make financial sense to car companies in India[Mahindra] and China, or Europe[Fiat, PSA].

  • Carl F Thelin Posted: 6/29/2009 6:20pm PDT

    Sadly, I agree with R2Dad that Kalifornia is slipping into the Pacific. The Corolla and Matrix will live on elsewhere. Toyota dealers should get busy and tell owners of the Vibe, that they will be welcome there.

  • Mr. D Posted: 6/29/2009 3:51pm PDT

    GM is foolish. The Pontiac Vibe and the NUMMI plant should be touted by GM. That vehicle is one of the only GM products out of the boatload that they make and that you can count on one hand which had a much better than average reliablity rating and was a recommended used car by Consumers Reports. So in GM's backwards thinking they kill the car and get rid of the plant. Those workers there should be rewarded. This is why I would never consider buying a GM product ever again. I don't care what they make from here on out. Every Honda, Toyota, and VW made has better quality and/or features than any GM product made. That is a fact. For instance, a $15,000 VW Golf/Rabbit has passenger assist grips all around, a locking fuel filler door, three rear seat headrests, and air conditioned glove box and console bin. Try to find those same features on a $20,000 plus GM Malibu, G6, Aura, or even a $30,000 CTS! With decisions like this the Obama Administation should stop thowing good money after bad. This clueless bunch before long will have GM permanently shuttered. Patriotism can only take you so far, especially when it has been taken for granted!

  • R2dad Posted: 6/29/2009 2:32pm PDT

    California is a high labor cost market--there is no rational reason for Toyota to stay. Looks like they're one of the last big manufacturers to leave the state--can you blame them? California has become a ridiculous place to do business.