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.
General Motors has been speeding down the track like a train with a purpose. What is GM’s purpose? To pay out all of their outstanding loans and invest for a better tomorrow. General Motors Chairman and Chief Executive confirmed today that General Motors has made payment on the $5.4 billion loan (2 billion of the loan was already paid) to the U.S. government, $700M of which was interest. Ouch. This payment was made five years ahead of schedule and illustrates GM’s progress since declaring bankruptcy last July. General Motors has also been able to repay loans to the Canadian and Ontario governments totaling $1.1 billion (in addition to the $400 million already paid). How’s that for progress?
GM is working on leasing four retail spaces to open a “Test Drive Studio” that would offer consumers a chance to test drive cars from rival manufacturers, including three of rival Chevrolet’s vehicles before purchasing them, The test drive program will launch in Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, and Philadelphia and will include the Equinox , Traverse , and Malibu as well as rival vehicles by Ford , Toyota , and Honda .
"You come in and drive any of these competitive products at your leisure," Steve Tihanyi, GM’s general director of marketing services, said during a conference in Chicago. "You don’t have to go running around town to go to a bunch of dealerships."
"It fits perfectly with ’May the best car win,” Tihanyi said of a slogan used by GM in recent advertising. "We’re going to see how it plays out."
Chevrolet’s popular, award-winning 2008 Malibu offers an expanded range of customer choices this spring, with an efficient four-cylinder/six-speed automatic combination offered on LTZ models.
A 2.4L Ecotec engine is partnered with a 6T40 transmission to deliver a great balance of performance and fuel efficiency. The EPA-estimated fuel economy for this combination is 22 mpg in the city and 32 on the highway.
The new Malibu LTZ model has a MSRP of $26,245 (including a $650 destination charge). It joins an already diverse lineup of Malibu models, ranging from the value-driven LS to powerful V-6 LT and LTZ models, as well as the unique, fuel-saving Malibu Hybrid.
The Malibu LTZ with the 2.4L/six-speed powertrain is distinguishable on the exterior with unique, 17-inch Chrometec wheels and a single, chrome exhaust outlet. Inside is the same upscale interior as V-6-powered LTZ models.
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, with the first phase of a $150 million (...) More
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, trying to leave himself and GM (...) More
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. $150 million. 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 “reveal,” and it is designed to build a (...) More
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 original (...) More
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.