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.
In 1964, Chevrolet unveiled the Malibu for the first time, and now, so many years later, the car has entered its eighth generation. Originally offered as the top trim-level for the Chevrolet Chevelle, Malibu became one of the best-selling models in Chevrolet’s lineup and one with the longest histories, despite its short break in production from 1983 to 1997.
The eighth-generation Malibu, which was unveiled at Shanghai Auto 2011 in China, seems to be a natural evolution of the first version brought onto the market in 1964, as it comes with a modernized look, but in the same time it keeps the essence of the classic Malibu.
The 2013 Malibu features design elements first unveiled in the Chevrolet Cruze . Unlike the new Cruze, the Malibu’s design elements have received a more aggressive look and they transform the Malibu from an ordinary sedan into something a little sexier.
As a result, we can say without any doubt that the Malibu will soon become the leader on the American mid-sized sedans market.
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Chevrolet is set to use the 2012 SEMA Auto Show to be a kind of performance and personalization showcase for a lot of its models. We’ve already seen a couple of performance Sonics that are headed to the annual aftermarket show in Las Vegas and now Chevy has announced its intent to bring a performance version of a car that was just unveiled recently: the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Turbo.
Called the Malibu Turbo Performance Concept, the car comes decked with a basket case full of aerodynamic and performance upgrades, turning what is already the fastest production Malibu into a meaner and more aggressive sports sedan.
On the outside, the Malibu Turbo Performance Concept features a unique exterior paint finish called Berlin Blue Tricoat. Looking at the renderings of the car, the color works pretty well on the Malibu Turbo. From there, an aero package was installed that includes a new front splitter, rocker panels, a new rear diffuser, a boot-mounted wing, clear tail lamp lenses, turbo badges, and a new set of 20" alloy wheels wrapped in Pirelli PZero tires. You’ll notice that the Malibu’s front profile looks a lot more menacing than its stock counterpart. That’s because Chevrolet did a little switcheroo, fitting the concept with a custom lower grille and fog lamp grilles with red surrounds.
Inside, the modifications continue with the use of Jet Black leather and Navy Blue suede trim with matching red accent stitching on the Recaro sports seats, the flat-bottom steering wheel, the door panels, and the instrument panel.
Finally, the Malibu Turbo Performance Concept also received a sizable performance upgrade, courtesy of a new cold-air intake system that improves the power from the car’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Considering the Malibu Turbo already nets 259 horsepower, it’s possible that, with these mods in tow, the Malibu Turbo Performance Concept can break 300 ponies easy.
Chevrolet is expanding their Malibu line-up with the addition of a new Turbo version for the LT and LTZ models. The new Turbos will go on sale in Fall 2012 at a starting price of $27,710 for the LT version and $30,925 for the LTZ.
The new Malibu Turbo is powered by a 2.0 liter turbocharged engine that delivers a total of 259 HP and a peak torque of 260 lb-ft. This power is enough to sprint the car from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.3 seconds and up to a top speed of 155 mph. The engine is combined with a Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic, a four-wheel-independent suspension system, hydraulic ride bushings, and premium electric steering gear.
"The all-new turbocharged engine showcases just how capable the new Malibu is, and the turbocharged Malibu is perfect for customers who want a midsize sedan that is fun to drive under a wide range of real-world conditions," said Mark Meyers, GM global vehicle performance manager.
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Cloned classic cars are everywhere. Heck even my dad has a cloned 1966 Chevelle SS. There is one difference between my dad, along with most other cloners, and one Bobby Patton, they have no problem admitting that their vehicle is officially a clone.
Mr. Patton apparently purchased a 1965 Chevy Chevelle from a gentleman and figured out that there is one extremely rare model in 1965 that the average person wouldn’t recognize from a regular old Chevelle. This model is the 1965 Chevelle Z16, which features a boxed frame, different engine stampings, special badges, different rear end, and the most obvious one, a unique VIN.
After tricking some car show judges into giving him a nice collection of trophies, Mr. Patton decided he was going to try and make a quick buck off of this clone by auctioning it off. Well, the problem is that he didn’t identify the vehicle as a clone, but as one of the few Z16s in the world, and was trying to get a cool $100K out of it.
The crack detective team at Chevelles.com sniffed out this fraud and began a conversation with the man that was auctioning the car. The conversations were not accusatory, but instead an attempt to help the guy realize that whoever sold him that car had tricked him. One of the folks talking to Mr. Patton pointed out numerous errors with the vehicle, including a homemade cowl VIN tag, incorrect speedometer, wrong engine stamping, wrong frame, and many other things.
Obviously, the guy kept pressing the issue and it took several days for him to come to his senses and pull the car from the auction site. That was a little too long, as someone reported him to the Ohio State Highway Patrol and they paid him a nice visit.
He claimed to have purchased the car that way, but the cops found out from the original owner that the car was badged, titled, and sold as a Chevelle 327SS, not a Z16. A long story short, now his car is impounded and he is serving two years of probation. Who would have known cloning a car could cause such issues?
Next to the 2013 Malibu, Chevrolet also brought at the New York Auto Show the Eco version, a model that comes equipped with new fuel-saving eAssist technology. The new Eco version will be sold next to the Malibu LS, LT and LTZ version starting the summer of 2012.
"The Malibu ECO is a smart choice for customers who want excellent fuel economy without the price premium of popular hybrid sedans," said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet marketing. "The Malibu ECO’s 38-mpg highway estimate is comparable with those hybrids. Malibu ECO exemplifies Chevrolet’s drive to use technology that delivers high-value, gas-friendly performance. In fact, the Malibu ECO delivers the fuel economy of a compact car in a midsize sedan."
The eAssist system uses a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery and an electric motor-generator to enable regenerative braking electric assist and start-stop functionality. With this system the new Malibu Eco will deliver an impressive 26 mpg on city driving and 38 mpg on the highway.
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The Honda Accord is a wonderful car, but every once in a while you get tired of seeing it all over the road. Everybody knows somebody who owns a Honda Accord. We know that was a line used by Toyota, but it works in this situation as well.
In order to avoid being just another Accord driver, we have been having some fun in the 2010 ChevroletMalibu LTZ and, too be honest, there aren’t many on the road.
In our opinion, the name is a big reason why this car won’t sell. When one thinks of the Malibu they think of the bland and stylistically uninteresting previous generation Malibu and no matter how many commercials Howie Long stars in, that opinion isn’t likely to change anytime soon.
On looks alone, the 2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ isn’t that bad looking and shows a giant step in the right direction.
The exterior is sleek, handsome, and much fitter and hipper than the old Malibu. Even the Cobalt looks like an unattractive mongrel next to the Malibu. While not as good looking as the Accord, Civic, or Mazda3, the Malibu isn’t an ugly duckling.
Like all other Chevrolet models, the Malibu is entering the 2011 model year with a few changes. The biggest change made the transmission. The four-speed automatic has been dropped and exchanged for a six-speed automatic which is now standard on all models. All models will be offered with TAPshift manual shift control while the 1LT will get 17-inch bright finish aluminum wheels as standard and the 2LT models will receive 18-inch Chrome Tech aluminum wheels.
For 2011, Malibu will be offered in three well-equipped trim levels: LS, LT and LTZ – all with a standard, fuel-efficient, four-cylinder 2.4L Ecotec engine and six-speed transmission that delivers 33 mpg highway. A 252-HP 3.6L V-6 is available on 2LT and LTZ models.
All Malibu models will be offered with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, StabiliTrak electronic stability control, AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback, XM Satellite Radio, OnStar 9.0 with six months of Directions and Connections service and Turn-by-Turn Navigation, power height driver seat adjuster with power lumbar, Remote Keyless Entry, and cruise control.
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.