It launched with two versions of the small but powerful 1.8 liter four cylinder. The car was heavily based on the reliable underpinnings of the Toyota Corolla. It was a tall hatchback design and effectively became a replacement for the station wagon version of the Corolla. The Matrix was part of a joint-venture with General Motors and was also sold as the Pontiac Vibe. The most interesting versions featured a high-output engine, a six-speed manual transmission, and all-wheel drive. The Toyota Matrix parts made it through two generations of models but they were discontinued after the 2013 model year. The Matrix did not have a center console, leaving space between the driver and passenger seats. The second generation also featured the larger 2.4 liter four cylinder engine used in the Camry.