The Toyota Matrix hatchback will not return to the U.S. market for the 2014 model year, but will stick around Canadian showrooms as a carryover model.
The Matrix, built in Cambridge, Ontario, was listed as “discontinued” on a U.S. press release outlining Toyota’s lineup for 2014, affirming rumours the automaker was looking to axe the model due to slowing sales.
However, Toyota Canada PR consultant Rose Hasham confirmed the 2014 Matrix will go on sale in Canada toward the end of August as a carryover model.
The Toyota Matrix debuted in 2002 as a 2003 model alongside its twin, the Pontiac Vibe. The car is the last relic of a Toyota-General Motors partnership forged in 1984.
Matrix sales have been on a slight decline in Canada since 2008; they moved just 12,982 units last year, down from a peak 24,048 in 2005.