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illustcat

Here's the new Matrix

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illustcat    0

Toyota will be updating the Matrix in Spring 2008 and the automaker is using the Mazda3 as its design inspiration (good choice) for the hatchback. The Corolla-based vehicle is already sold in Europe as the Auris and in Japan as the Blade. The US-based Matrix will have different sheet metal than in other markets but it may be taking on the Blade name since Toyota has registered the name with the US Patent and Trademark office. The Japan market Blade has a 2.4L engine producing 158 HP, which would be a big bump from the 126 HP that powers the current Matrix.

[source: Automotive News -]

http://www.autoblog.com/2007/02/13/new-mat...ming-spring-08/

Is the Vibe going to fade to dust? It really needs to be revamped ASAP

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thegriffon    5

Newsflash, it's sold in Japan as the Auris as well. The Blade is a more expensive Toyopet. And if Toyota is copying anything with the Auris it's not the Mazda3 wagon, but the Golf and Astra.

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thegriffon    5

Newsflash, it's sold in Japan as the Auris as well. The Blade is a more expensive model for a seperate dealer network to the Auris. And if Toyota is copying anything with the Auris it's not the Mazda3 wagon, but the Golf and Astra.

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PurdueGuy    72

that pic doesn't look long enough to be a matrix... it doesn't even have windows behind the rear doors, really. Anyone know how the length compares to the current model?

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