The Chevrolet Malibu is General Motors mid-size automobile. Currently in its seventh generation with an eight generation on the horizon, the Malibu is the most successful Chevy sedan, which is illustrated in the many awards received by the vehicle.
This Toyota Camry and Honda Accord competitor is powered by a few different options. The first is a 2.4L I-4 electric/hybrid engine producing 164hp and 159 lb-ft of torque. The second choice is a 2.4L I-4 engine with 169hp and 160lb-ft of torque, and the third is a 3.6L V6 cranking out 252hp and 251 lb-ft of torque. Engines are mated to either a 4- or 6-speed automatic, continuously variable transmission. The hybrid model adds 4mpg to the standard Malibu, leaving the figures at 17-26 city and 26-34 highway.
Kelley Blue Book the leading provider of new and used vehicle information, announces the Chevrolet Malibu as the winner of the "2008 Best Redesigned Vehicle" award. According to the kbb.com editorial team, the newly redesigned 2008 Chevrolet Malibu is being honored for taking the important mid-size car category to a new level of overall refinement. Specifically, its stylish sheetmetal, attractive interior, well-sorted ride-and-handling characteristics and quiet — all in a very affordable vehicle — combined to produce a value equation that set it apart from the pack.
It turns out that the Malibu isn’t so much “the car you can’t ignore” as is the car you cannot see.
GM has announced that the car beat its first month sales target handily. They sold 3000 of them. The first month sales target had been only 500.
Hundred. Yes, hundred.
Moreover, GM’s pretty pleased with that because most Chevy dealers don’t have a single Malibu in stock.
General Motors supported the Malibu launch, during the World Series, (...) > Full story
Ever critical and mawkish about the domestic auto industry, the “Truth About Cars” has posted a piece critical of GM’s Bob Lutz, based on an interview that Lutz gave to Automotive News, an industry trade publication.
But, this time, it looks as though the “Truth” got it right.
In the interview, Lutz did an astonishingly good imitation of Hillary Clinton talking about driver’s licenses. Except Lutz was talking about the Malibu. He absolutely refused to commit, (...) > Full story
That’s the implication of the ad budget, anyway. General Motors budgeted $50 million to get the CTS into the public eye. But for the Malibu’s ad campaign, which kicked off yesterday, the figure is a bit higher.
Billed as “The Car You Can’t Ignore,” Chevrolet intends to make that slogan a reality by blanketing the web, television, billboards, and print media with advertising for the new Malibu.
The first stage of the campaign is the (...) > Full story
I confess to a certain pro-GM bias. In college, I worked for a Chevy dealer. (This explains how I became one of the few ever actually to drive a 427 Yenko Nova.) I grew up when GM was the dominant car maker in the United States and new models were so eagerly anticipated that dealers covered their showroom windows, just to build the suspense.
Then came Toyota. I was pondering that matter as I followed a Prius in traffic this morning. Do you realize that the Prius is the only (...) > Full story
GM’s product boss, Bob Lutz, stars in a video introducing the new 2008 Chevrolet Malibu. In the video, Lutz introduces the car, explains some of the styling and product concept behind the new car, and also goes into some detail about the manufacturing precision required by it’s styling and body features.
When Lutz was hired at GM, one of the benefits to the corporation was considered to be his expertise at manufacturing techniques that produced precise panel fits. Stick around to the end of the video and you’ll see the obvious pride Lutz takes in the hood of the new Malibu and the way it fits.
Chevrolet today announced pricing for its all-new 2008 Malibu midsize sedan lineup, with MSRPs starting at $19,995 for the base LS and for the first time, a hybrid for $22,790. The Malibu continues to drive home Chevy’s commitment to dependable, fun-to-drive cars packed with value.
The all new Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid made its debut today in the All-Star Fan Zone. The first-ever Malibu Hybrid equipped with a 36-volt electric motor/generator mated to GM Powertrain’s 167Hp 2.4L four-cylinder engine will go on sale starting October 2007.
There will be more than just an all-new Chevrolet Malibu for 2008.
There will be a hybrid version, as well.
GMsource.com has posted the first photos – captured by an amateur photographer in a Detroit area neighborhood — of the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid. The “Hybrid” emblem on the side is the give-away. The vehicle is expected to share the hybrid powertrain with the Saturn Aura hybrid. The Aura and the forthcoming Malibu share the body shell.
Overall, the appearance of the car is (...) > Full story