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GM's late "Vibe" has local champion

CHARLOTTE-The Vermont Vibes Blog is featured in the summer 2009 issue of Pontiac Performance magazine. The blog is authored by Charlotte-based public relations professional Rachel Carter. Carter is the owner of the Rachel Carter PR agency.

Pontiac Performance is the official Pontiac publication published by General Motors Corporation and distributed quarterly to Pontiac owners nationwide.

Despite the wide popularity of several of Pontiac's vehicles-including the highly economical Vibe-the storied auto trademark will disappear at the end of 2010, the result of several concessions forced by the Obama administration following the government's financial rescue of GM. GM is one of the last two all-domestic car manufacturers still in operation.

Sadly, the last Vibe rolled off the assembly line in Detroit on Aug. 17, according to an Internet report. The car was part of an unusual joint venture between GM and Toyota. Despite its demise less than a month ago, the Vibe lives on. Also, new and used Vibes are still seen on some car lots around the area.

The Vermont Vibes Blog features Carter's first-hand experiences exploring Vermont, cooking and gardening adventures at her home and office in Charlotte, and ways to share positive "Vibes" to Vermonters all while traveling in her Pontiac Vibe.

Carter has been a six-year customer of Shearer Pontiac locally. The blog was Carter's original creation over two years ago and is independent of Pontiac and General Motors.

Photography for the magazine story was made locally by photographer Andy Duback and was photographed in East Charlotte.

Both Shearer in South Burlington, Shea Motor Co. in Middlebury, and the Smith GM dealership of Rutland have been faithfully serving Pontiac owners in the region for many years.

Carter's blogsite is located at http://VermontVibes.blogspot.com.

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