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2016 Chevrolet Malibu

2016 Chevrolet Malibu
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  • Chevrolet Malibu
  • Year:
    2016
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    160
  • Torque @ RPM:
    184
  • Displacement:
    1.5 L
  • 0-60 time:
    8 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    22500
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GM’s decision to overhaul the Malibu just a little more than three years since the current model debuted is not at all surprising. With competitors like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord or the Ford Fusion around, the eighth-gen Malibu has been struggling sales-wise ever since it arrived into dealerships in 2012. Chevy hopes that will come to an end with the larger and sportier 2016 Malibu that just made its public debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

The beginnings of the Malibu name are tied to that of the Chevrolet Chevelle. That’s because the Malibu was a range-topping trim level of the Chevelle from 1964 to 1977. Featuring added luxury and the same powerful V-8s as the Chevelle, the Malibu went on to become the best-selling badge in the lineup by 1978, when it received its own model line. Although dropped in 1983, the moniker returned in 1997 and soldiered on through 2012, when the eighth-generation model was launched on GM’s Epsilon II platform, shared with the Buick LaCrosse and Regal. The new Malibu became a global vehicle, receiving a range of four-cylinder and V-6 engines, as well as three transmissions choices.

With the 2016 model, Chevrolet aims to turn the Malibu into a more upscale model, as well as a more efficient alternative to segment leaders from Toyota and Honda. Keep reading to find out if GM’s new midsize sedan stands a chance against its main competitors in the U.S.

Updated 12/10/2015: Chevrolet announced that the 2016 Malibu Hybrid LT will arrive at U.S. dealers in the spring of 2016 with a starting price of $28,645. General Motors estimates that the car will deliver 48 mpg city, 45 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined making it the best in the midsize car segment.

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2017 Chevrolet Malibu Redline Edition

2017 Chevrolet Malibu Redline Edition

Remember the Redline Series concept from 2015? This is the production model

Chevrolet launched the ninth-generation Malibu in 2015, discontinuing the previous model after only five years on the market. Redesigned from the ground up and bolted onto a new platform (E2XX), the new Malibu also gained three new drivetrains, including a 1.5-liter four-cylinder and a 1.8-liter hybrid. In 2017, Chevrolet launched the Redline Edition, a limited-edition model based on the Malibu LT trim, at the Chicago Auto Show.

The first special-edition to provide some customization for the new Malibu, the Redline Edition isn’t actually new. The package was first showcased at the 2015 SEMA Show, where it was displayed as the Red Line Series concept. At last year’s edition of the same show, Chevy rolled out a similar concept, this time around called the Malibu Blue Line and fitted with blue accents instead of red.

The production Redline Edition follows in the footsteps of the Red Line Series concept, featuring similar enhancements on the outside. Although not all elements seen on the concept were retained for production, the blacked-out details and the red accents are still there.

“Redline is another example of Chevrolet bringing SEMA concepts to showrooms,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet. “The SEMA show has proven to be a great way to identify customization trends in the industry, and quickly apply those trends to our most popular Chevrolet models. Based on the strong interest Redline attracted at the show, we believe they will be very popular with customers looking for standout cars, trucks, and crossovers.”

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Chevrolet Unveils Nine Redline Editions in Chicago

Chevrolet Unveils Nine Redline Editions in Chicago

Available on Camaro, Colorado, and Silverado, among others

Chevrolet is taking the 2017 Chicago Auto Show by storm with no fewer than the nine cars under the Redline special-edition badge. First shown in concept form at the 2015 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Redline package found its way on nine cars, trucks, and crossovers.

The vehicles that benefit from the bundle and are on display in Chicago are the Cruze LT, Malibu LT, Camaro LT and SS Trax LT, Equinox LT, Traverse Premier, Colorado LT, Silverado Double Cab LT Z71, and Silverado Crew Cab LTZ Z71. The Cruze LT Redline is available in both sedan and hatchback versions, while the Camaro LT/SS Redline can be had both coupe and convertible body styles.

“Redline is another example of Chevrolet bringing SEMA concepts to showrooms,” said Brian Sweeney, U.S. vice president of Chevrolet. “The SEMA show has proven to be a great way to identify customization trends in the industry, and quickly apply those trends to our most popular Chevrolet models. Based on the strong interest Redline attracted at the show, we believe they will be very popular with customers looking for standout cars, trucks, and crossovers.”

All Redline models are fitted with black wheels with distinct red hash marks, black nameplates with a red outline, blacked-out grilles, and black Chevrolet "bowtie" logos. Customers can also opt for red tow hooks on Silverado and Colorado trucks and unique black hash marks above the front wheels on Camaro pony cars.

The Silverado Redline is already available for purchase, but you’ll have to wait a while longer for the rest of the lineup to become available. Chevrolet says that all Redline cars will be dealerships by the end of the 2017 calendar year. Pricing information is not yet available.

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Chevy's New Nine-Speed Transmission is Controlled by... An Original PlayStation?

Chevy’s New Nine-Speed Transmission is Controlled by... An Original PlayStation?

It’s not really a PlayStation, but you’ll get the reference!

Okay, so color me guilty for being slightly misleading with my title. No matter how hard you look you won’t find an original PlayStation console hidden away somewhere in any vehicle with the new nine-speed transmission, but it does use similar technology. In a world where cars come with hard drives, hot spots, and digital, touchscreen displays, among other large doses of modern technology, you might find it mildly entertaining to know that not everything is as modern as you might think. I’m talking about the transmission control module for the new nine-speed transmission. It seems like cars these days might as well be rolling supercomputers, but GM’s new gearbox just so happens to use a 32-bit control module. That’s the same rating as the original PlayStation console, Sega Saturn, and Atari Jaguar from the early 1990s! It doesn’t sound like much compared to the technology we find in cars these days, does it?

Surprisingly, that’s really all it takes, and GM says that the new, nine-speed transmission, with the help of its 32-bit control module, can offer “excellent off-the-line acceleration” and low-rpm highway cruising. It also supports stop/start technology for fuel savings, smooth and precise shifts, and can utilize engine braking to help prevent the need for braking during hill descent. The hydraulic system inside the transmission is controlled electronically, with the valve body cover acting as an internal expansion tank that holds excess fluid until it’s needed for shifting duties. The 9T50 transmission is also said to come with DEXRON-VI transmission fluid that, according to GM, doesn’t require changing if the car is always operated under “normal” driving conditions.

“Everything about the new nine-speed is designed to maximize benefits for the customer,” said Steve Majoros, director of Chevrolet Marketing. “It helps offer greater fuel efficiency in the city and on the highway, all with the world-class refinement that makes the drive quiet and smooth.”

The new transmission will make its debut in the 2017 Chevy Malibu and will also be available as an option in the 2017 Chevy Cruze Diesel and the 2018 Chevy Equinox. By the end of 2017, it will be available as an option on as many as 10 models.

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2017 Chevrolet Malibu Blue Line

2017 Chevrolet Malibu Blue Line

Aggressive features and new suspension give the Malibu the sporty stance it deserves

Redesigned for the 2016 model year, the Malibu became a better looking and more upscale sedan. Aimed at the very popular Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, the overhauled sedan also received new engines with enhanced fuel economy, winning two extra mpgs with the optional, turbocharged 2.0-liter engine. Now with a sportier appearance and a high-tech interior with increased space, the Malibu continues to enjoy the success of its predecessor, while bringing new customers into Chevrolet showrooms.

At the 2016 SEMA Show, GM is showcasing a new concept car based on the existing Malibu. Dubbed Blue Line, the show car is actually a production model fitted with Chevrolet Performance parts inside and out. Most new features are newly designed and not yet available to customers, but Chevy will probably have them on sale starting in 2017. The Malibu Blue Line joins a similar concept based on the Cruze RS hatchback at the SEMA Show and previews some of the accessories that customers will be able to purchase in the future.

"The Chevrolet Blue Line Series concepts integrate accessories that offer greater personalization choices for customers,” said Roger McCormack, director of Accessories and Performance Parts Marketing. “Each vehicle wears production and concept accessories thematically linked under the Blue Line Series banner. We look forward to gauging public reaction at the SEMA Show and other venues."

There’s no word as to whether Chevrolet is planning a sportier version of the Malibu, but it could happen in the near future. Until then, let’s have a closer look at the Blue Line concept.

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

GM’s decision to overhaul the Malibu just a little more than three years since the current model debuted is not at all surprising. With competitors like the Toyota Camry, Honda Accord or the Ford Fusion around, the eighth-gen Malibu has been struggling sales-wise ever since it arrived into dealerships in 2012. Chevy hopes that will come to an end with the larger and sportier 2016 Malibu that just made its public debut at the 2015 New York Auto Show.

The beginnings of the Malibu name are tied to that of the Chevrolet Chevelle. That’s because the Malibu was a range-topping trim level of the Chevelle from 1964 to 1977. Featuring added luxury and the same powerful V-8s as the Chevelle, the Malibu went on to become the best-selling badge in the lineup by 1978, when it received its own model line. Although dropped in 1983, the moniker returned in 1997 and soldiered on through 2012, when the eighth-generation model was launched on GM’s Epsilon II platform, shared with the Buick LaCrosse and Regal. The new Malibu became a global vehicle, receiving a range of four-cylinder and V-6 engines, as well as three transmissions choices.

With the 2016 model, Chevrolet aims to turn the Malibu into a more upscale model, as well as a more efficient alternative to segment leaders from Toyota and Honda. Keep reading to find out if GM’s new midsize sedan stands a chance against its main competitors in the U.S.

Updated 12/10/2015: Chevrolet announced that the 2016 Malibu Hybrid LT will arrive at U.S. dealers in the spring of 2016 with a starting price of $28,645. General Motors estimates that the car will deliver 48 mpg city, 45 mpg highway and 47 mpg combined making it the best in the midsize car segment.

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2016 North American Car And Truck Of The Year Finalists Announced

2016 North American Car And Truck Of The Year Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2016 North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year have been announced. All in all, six vehicles made the final cut, including three cars, two SUVs, and one pick-up. The first three will vie for the 2016 North American Car of the Year award, while the latter three will go head-to-head-to-head for the 2016 Truck/Utility of the Year award. Making up the finalists for the North American Car of the Year award are the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, 2016 Honda Civic, and the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata. Likewise, the three finalists for the North American Truck/Utility of the Year are the 2016 Honda Pilot, 2016 Volvo XC90, and the 2016 Nissan Titan XD.

The distinction of being named the North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year is something that automaker’s take pretty seriously. Last year, the Volkswagen Golf and the Ford F-150 took home the awards in their respective categories. Not surprisingly, both Volkswagen and Ford spent a great deal of time touting the awards they received to the public. Expect more of the same from the eventual winners of the two categories, all of whom, it must be said, are part of some pretty competitive segments in the industry.

The Civic and the Malibu, in particular, are direct competitors so being named the car of the year will give the winner a huge amount of bragging rights over the rest of the segment. The same holds true, albeit to a lesser extent, for the Pilot and the XC90. Both are SUVs and while one is considered a premium SUV, the two models are still part of the ever growing SUV market in North America.

The final round of voting is scheduled to take place on January 4, 2016. The two winners will then be announced in a ceremony at the start of the 2016 North American International Auto Show in Detroit on January 11, 2016.

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Red Line Series Concept

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Red Line Series Concept

Chevy unveiled its newly redesigned, ninth-generation 2016 Malibu at the 2015 New York Auto Show earlier this year, and it certainly has some radical styling compared to previous models. It is, without a doubt, the best looking Malibu since the name was resurrected back in 1997. Now, with the SEMA Auto Show kicking off November 3rd, Chevy has previewed its Malibu Redline Series Concept.

When we first saw the new Malibu in NY, it was clear Chevy wanted to make it a more upscale model. The new Redline Series concept showcases a number of production and concept accessories that give the new Malibu an even more distinguished look. Chevy’s Director of Accessories and Performance Parts Marketing, Roger McCormack, said, “Chevrolet Accessories bring value and the added security of knowing the parts are designed, engineered, tested and backed by the same team that developed the vehicles.”

The SEMA Auto Show and other venues will be used to gauge the public’s reaction to the concept accessories, so not everything seen there will be available when the 2016 Malibu hits showroom floors, but all production accessories seen on the Redline Concept will be available at launch. The Redline Series package will be offered on other Chevy vehicles as well, including the Silverado, Colorado 1500, Trax, and the Camaro.

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Chevrolet Built Its 10 Millionth Malibu

Chevrolet Built Its 10 Millionth Malibu

As Chevrolet prepares to launch the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, the muscle-car-turned-midsize-sedan just eclipsed a major milestone. After 51 years on the market, Chevrolet has just built its 10 millionth Malibu, and it marked the occasion by taking a short drive down memory lane.

First introduced in 1964 as a trim level on the Chevelle, the Malibu racked up 300,000 sales in its first five years on the market, accounting for the majority of all Chevelle sales. GM says the Malibu was “one of the best-selling cars of the decade,” but it wasn’t until 1978 that the Malibu became a standalone model.

This Malibu was killed off in 1983, and 14 years later, the name was revived for a front-wheel-drive, mid-size sedan. Since then, the Malibu has been one of most popular sedans in the segment, averaging around 200,000 sales per year over the last several years (not including sales outside of the U.S.). That trend should continue when the bigger, lighter and more efficient 2016 Malibu goes on sale later this year.

The sedan is built in Kansas, as well as in China, South Korea and Russia, making it a truly global sedan. The 10 millionth one was built in South Korea. And to properly celebrate the sales milestone, Chevrolet made sure to include a full gallery of images showing the progression of the Malibu from 1964 through 2016.

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Mark Reuss Talks About GM's Direction

Mark Reuss Talks About GM’s Direction

GM executive vice president Mark Reuss recently discussed some of automaker’s plans for the future, including Cadillac’s focus, Chevrolet’s outlook, and even the future of the Buick Avenir.

In a discussion with reporters at the NYAS, Ruess said he didn’t want Cadillac to try to “out-German the Germans,” but rather concentrate on reaching a younger generation. “There’s an opportunity there for those people to drive something different than what their parents did.”

What makes Cadillac different? Reuss thinks it’s “...probably different value equation, probably different powertrain equation, probably different styling equation, that’s very American. And not syrupy retro.”

“We’ve got an ATS-V that’s going to flame the M3 and M4,” Reuss continued, “and then we’ve got a CTS-V that’s a 200-mile-an-hour hammer. Those are credibility punctuations.”

Reuss also said he was open to a Cadillac sports car, but that GM was “...trying to fill in as a priority the Cadillac entries that we don’t have in the marketplace on a volume and profit basis first.”

Regarding the new Chevy Volt, Reuss said that the toned-down exterior aesthetic was a response to market demands, adding that the last model didn’t sell due to a design that looked a bit like a “science experiment.”

Reuss was also supportive of a production version of the Buick Avenir concept, if vaguely: “It was such a hit, what would it look like in production, what would it cost to do it. So that’s where we’re at."

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

Chevrolet continues to expand its hybrid and electric-vehicle lineup in 2016 with the introduction of the next-generation Malibu Hybrid. This isn’t the first hybrid-electric outing for Chevy’s midsize family sedan, but this time around the Malibu Hybrid borrows some efficiency tricks from the range-extended electric Chevrolet Volt. Chevy says the all-new Malibu Hybrid will be good for over 45 combined mpg when it hits the streets in the spring of 2016. It provides a technological punch to the Malibu’s 2016 styling refresh, as Chevy works hard to elevate the Malibu’s profile against the high-tech Ford Fusion and Honda Accord.

The Malibu spent the 1990s becoming known as a forgettable rental car, but the refinement of the all-new 2013 model went a long way toward making it more respectable. Many of its competitors have undergone flashy updates in the meantime, though, so the conservative sheet metal wasn’t going to cut it. That’s been addressed with an inside-and-out upgrade for 2016.

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu To Feature Teen Driver System

2016 Chevrolet Malibu To Feature Teen Driver System

Most of us were at one point teen drivers that wanted to go faster than our skill and experience enabled us to. And while we’ve grown to become experienced drivers, youngsters are still tempted to hammer it for a bit of adrenaline, sometimes unwisely. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety cites that the ages of 16 to 19 years are statistically the most dangerous by far. Fortunately for parents who want to coach teenagers on how to learn safe diving skills, GM has come up with a system that supports safe driving habits even when tutors are not in the car. It’s called Teen Driver and it’s set to debut in the 2016 Malibu.

A first in the industry according to Chevy, Teen Driver is a built-in system that lets parents view how their teenager drove the vehicle by tracking car data. Parents can view the data on the car’s display and decide whether their teenagers need more tutoring or not. But how does it work?

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Teased Again: Video

2016 Chevrolet Malibu Teased Again: Video

Having unveiled a shadowy teaser photo of the Malibu’s profile a week ago, Chevrolet continues to build the hype ahead of the sedan’s official unveiling with a 49-second video. The footage showcases the harsh validation and development tests the new Malibu has been put through, including spending several hours in GM’s Climatic Wind Tunnel, where temperatures can be raised to 140 degrees or lowered to 40 degrees below zero F.

The sedan also endured road durability and suspension tests and all kinds of simulated abuse, including repeated door, hood and trunk-lid slams, and more than 1.5 million miles of driving in controlled environments and on open roads. All told, Chevy says the 2016 Malibu is one tough cookie and claims it will be more dependable and durable than its rivals.

Unfortunately, the company isn’t yet willing to let us have a look at the new sedan. The vehicle in the video is camouflaged. The good news, however, is that the 2016 Malibu is slated to break cover at the 2015 New York Auto Show on April 1st, a little more than two weeks from now. Stick around, more teasers are likely to follow. Hopefully, the Malibu will show some skin before NYIAS begins.

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2014 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ Concept

2014 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ Concept

Despite getting a lukewarm reception from buyers, the slow-selling Chevrolet Malibu is still putting on a brave face, an important attribute to have given that Chevrolet has resorted to commercials to tug at the heartstrings of prospective customers.

Be that as it may, the Malibu is still going to be an attendee at SEMA with Chevy deciding to gift wrap the midsize sedan into what its now calling the LTZ Concept.

A new front end design is the first thing you’ll notice about the Malibu LTZ Concept. It’s an eye-catching change that makes you wonder why Chevrolet didn’t do this sooner and potentially save itself from the humiliation of little interest from consumers.

In addition to the modified front, the Malibu LTZ also received a slew of modifications, highlighted by a performance upgrade that includes the addition of a concept Stage Kit, cold-air induction system and a Borla exhaust system. Taken together, the Malibu’s 2.0-liter turbocharged engine receives a higher output. No word yet on how much of an increase it is, but considering the standard Malibu has 259 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque on tap, expect figures in excess of 300 across the board with these engine upgrades.

Oh, and there are some styling additions on the Malibu LTZ Concept, including a set of 19-inch wheels from Chevrolet Accessories that are coated in a Sterling Silver finish.

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With Few Eager Buyers, New Malibu Ad Tugs Heartstrings

The failed relaunch of the latest Malibu is still haunting Chevrolet, with slow sales and heavy, heavy discounting needed to move anything near the projected sales numbers. Or even half the sales totals of the larger previous generation.

Car commercials are designed to elicit an emotional response, even a subconscious one. If successful, good creative that focuses on the brand can even plant a purchasing seed in that shopper’s mind for their next car.

Chevrolet has taken full advantage of this with a new television ad showcasing the 2014 Malibu. The target of the campaign is the Chevy family.

Chevy dads, moms, kids, and friends are shown enjoying the most important things in life while driving around in their new Malibu family-mobile. Thought-provoking piano music sets the tone as a meaningful life moments play out and we’re reminded of what matters most – and how grown men can cry like babies when viewing such television spots.

The full-blown marketing campaign aims to rectify the mediocre sales the all-new 2013 Malibu fetched, even with its complete redesign. Chevy received large numbers of customer complaints about bland styling, tight rear legroom, and below-segment-average fuel economy.

Chevy appears to be confident the expedited fixes to those problems will be what customers are looking for and will be enough to win buyers away from the Camry, Accord, Fusion, and Altima.

The front fascia of the 2014 Malibu receives the bulk of the remodeling with a cleaner, more aerodynamic and aggressive look while the interior only gets very minor changes to the center console.

The big interior changes happen in the back seat to address customer complaints of tight rear legroom. Although the car hasn’t changed in length, the rear seats cushions were trimmed by half an inch to visibly enlarge the space and seatbacks were moved rearward, allowing occupants to sit deeper within the seats. The front seatbacks were also scalloped 1.3 inches inward, allowing for more rear seat knee room.

Changes under the hood include the addition of a stop-start feature on the base 2.5-liter inline four. The simple change bumps EPA fuel economy numbers from 22 city/34 highway to 25/36. With the customer complaints addressed and fixed, we’re curios to see how the ’14 Malibu fares against the stiff competition the midsize sedan class offers.

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2014 Chevrolet Malibu

2014 Chevrolet Malibu

The revised Chevrolet Malibu is now better positioned to compete in the hyper-competitive mid-size sedan arena with a restyled nose, refreshed engine choices and a bump in performance for the Malibu Turbo.

The advertising spend for the launch of the 2008 Malibu was the largest in General Motors’ history, and even today, the memories remain of that cherry red Malibu plastered on every billboard, print and broadcast media outlet. A critical mistake when launching the 2013 model was a press car painted the same red color. The color and ultra-subtle styling evolution meant consumers simply didn’t notice the change and flocked to more distinctive competitors like the new Ford Fusion, Hyundai Sonata and a broad range of crossover SUV models.

The Chevy Malibu also faced stiff competition on dealer lots from the previous model that was now packing huge discounts in order to clear inventory. For buyers contemplating a new Malibu, the larger back seat of the previous model and a pile of cash on the hood were enough to convince them to go for the older, nearly identically styled model.

Fighting to re-gain attention, the 2014 Malibu packs real interior and exterior updates into the long-running ‘Bu nameplate. The nose marks out the biggest change and shows a new take on the split-bar grille appearance of Chevy sedans. Perhaps most critically, Chevy’s press images show a car in dark grey metallic paint that significantly enhances the perceived value of the car. Anything but cherry red, right?

So how does the revised 2014 Malibu lineup compare with the top sedans in the segment for value, comfort, performance and style? Offered in standard, Eco and Turbo trims, the Malibu is finally out of the fleet-sales doldrums and firmly a contender for the top domestic midsize sedan.

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

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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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Turbo Performance Concept

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Turbo Performance Concept

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.

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Turbo

2013 Chevrolet Malibu Turbo

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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Busted: Convicted of Trying to Sell a Cloned Chevelle Z16

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?

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2012 Chevrolet Malibu ECO

2012 Chevrolet Malibu ECO

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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Review: 2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ

Review: 2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ

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 Chevrolet Malibu 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.

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2011 Chevrolet Malibu

2011 Chevrolet Malibu

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.

Press release after the jump.

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GM repays loans and invests in Poletown to produce 2012 Chevy Malibu

GM repays loans and invests in Poletown to produce 2012 Chevy Malibu

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?

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GM to open “Test Drive Studio”; rival manufacturers included

GM to open “Test Drive Studio”; rival manufacturers included

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."

The program is due to launch by mid-spring.

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Chevrolet Malibu LTZ gets new engine

Chevrolet Malibu LTZ gets new engine

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.

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2008 North American Car/Truck of the year winners

2008 North American Car/Truck of the year winners

A little surprise this morning for the car of the year, as the Cadillac CTS did not win it, but don’t worry it stays domestic with the other GM flagship, the Chevrolet Malibu.

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The Truck winner was a no brainer, already nominated in half of the car magazines, the Mazda CX-9:

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Chevrolet Malibu - 2008 Best Redesigned Vehicle

Chevrolet Malibu - 2008 Best Redesigned Vehicle

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.

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The Phantom Malibu

The Phantom Malibu

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 advertising (...)

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Could it be the "truth"?

Could it be the "truth"?

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 an (...)

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Malibu - three times more important than CTS

Malibu - three times more important than CTS

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 (...)

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Can the Malibu make it?

Can the Malibu make it?

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 (...)

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Lutz sells the Malibu

Lutz sells the Malibu

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 (...)

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu pricing announced

2008 Chevrolet Malibu pricing announced

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.

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

2008 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid

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.

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New 2008 Malibu spotted - it's a hybrid

New 2008 Malibu spotted - it’s a hybrid

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 reminiscent of (...)

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GM's new focus on interior

GM’s new focus on interior

General Motors officials are stepping up their game by focusing on the interior design of their cars, and it was definitely a crowd pleaser at the 2007 North American International Auto Show. The highlight of the GM model cars were the new 2008 Cadillac CTS and Chevy Malibu

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Chevy Volt Electric Car and 2008 Malibu going to Washington

Chevy Volt Electric Car and 2008 Malibu going to Washington

From a sleek, electrically powered concept vehicle that makes trips to the gas station a rarity to one of America’s favorite muscle cars, design and technology dominate the General Motors exhibit at the 2007 Washington Auto Show, which opens to the public January 24.
Two Chevrolets make their East Coast debut: the Volt concept and 2008 Malibu. Cadillac features a concept SRX by fashion designer Dana Buchman, and Chevrolet highlights the Camaro coupe concept that foreshadows a production (...)

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu

2008 Chevrolet Malibu

The all-new 2008 Chevrolet Malibu delivers great performance, fuel economy and refinement, wrapped in a clean, tailored design that carries the new face of Chevrolet. The new Malibu will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show. It arrives at Chevrolet dealerships later this year.

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2008 Chevrolet Malibu

2008 Chevrolet Malibu

Chevrolet today released an advance image of the exterior of the all-new 2008 Malibu, which will be unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit in January and will arrive at Chevrolet dealerships later in 2007. The photo was released in conjunction with the announcement of a $208 million investment in the Fairfax, Kansas Assembly plant to prepare for production of the car.

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GM's lineup extended with 208 milion $

GM’s lineup extended with 208 milion $

General Motors is investing $208 million in the Fairfax Assembly plant to prepare the facility for production of the all-new 2008 Chevrolet Malibu.

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GM is rethinking the SS label

GM is rethinking the SS label

For the GM cars the SS badge comes from- super sport.It has traditionally signaled performance versions of the vehicles over the years since cars like the Camaro and Impala wear it , and the Cobalt sedan, most recently.

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Chevrolet Malibu to be unveiled in January

Chevrolet Malibu to be unveiled in January

Chevrolet confirmed today that the all-new 2008 Malibu will be unveiled in January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit and released a sneak peek of one of the car’s available two-tone interiors, which demonstrates a new level of refinement in the extremely competitive mid-size car segment.
“The next-generation Chevrolet Malibu’s interior showcases the precision and detailed execution that will differentiate it among the mid-size car segment,” said Ed Peper, Chevrolet (...)

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx SS

2007 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx SS

The Malibu Maxx SS is powered by a sophisticated 3.9L V-6 that uses variable valve timing and variable intake technology to help produce 240 horsepower (179 kW). Unique interior and exterior appointments, along with sport-tuned suspensions and segment-largest 18-inch flangeless wheels, complete the SS packages.

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2007 Chevrolet Malibu SS

2007 Chevrolet Malibu SS

Chevy decided 2004 to 2008, six-generation Malibu was the best looking Malibu since the second-gen model that ran from 1968 to 1972 and was built on GM’s A platform or the G-Body model that was produced at the end of the fourth-gen run from 1982 to 1983. The name was revived for a fifth-gen model in 1997, but that car was cheap, lackluster, and became a mule for car rental companies and buy-here, pay-here car dealerships everywhere. In 2004, GM finally revamped the model again for a sixth-gen model. It still wasn’t great, but it was better than the horrible model it used to revive the name. Furthermore, the sixth generation model spun an SS variant that is at least worthy of talking about.

SS, which means Super Sport, used to stand for a model that stood above the rest. It was fast, it was sporty, but a Malibu SS in the mid-2000s? Don’t get your hopes up to see anything too sporty. On the outside, the SS didn’t bring much improvement in the terms of having a sporty look. There were some minor changes, but nothing spectacular. Inside, the car was still lackluster-like with a lot of cheap plastic inserts and a horrible entertainment system. It did, however, feature SS badging and electronic climate control, so it had that going for it. The most important part about the Malibu SS has to be the 3.9-liter V-6 that gave it a little extra get up over the standard four- and six-cylinder models.

With that said, let’s take a look at the 2006 to 2008 Chevy Malibu SS and what it did bring to the table. If you were going to own a Malibu in the mid-2000s, it was the one to have – even if that didn’t mean too much.

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Top 12 Best American Cars

Top 12 Best American Cars

If your want to buy a new car you you’ll have to know that are the best cars in the USA. Best American design, American heritage and American power. BusinessWeek scoured through every domestic car, SUV, truck, and van and picked the top 12 domestic winners in each segment.
Small Car: Ford Focus - $13450 to $17040, Final Score: 3.88/5 Sedan: Chevrolet Malibu - $16325 to $23065, Final Score: 4.4/5 Wagon: Ford Focus Wagon - $16735 to $17495, Final Score: 4.25/5 Minivan: Dodge Caravan - (...)

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2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx

2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx

Malibu Maxx deliver the performance and versatility of the best midsize sedans with the dependability and value that customers expect from Chevrolet. It’s body styles is adaptable to different individuals and lifestyles, with flexible interiors and a full range of driver personalization features.

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Midsized Sedan Segment

Ford Taurus
Read our full review of the Ford Taurus here.
Buick LaCrosse
Read our full review of the Buick LaCrosse here.
Toyota Camry
Read our full review of the Toyota Camry here.
Mazda Mazda6
Read our full review of the Mazda Mazda6 here.
Chevrolet Malibu
Read our full review of the Chevrolet Malibu here.
Ford Fusion
Read our full review of the Ford Fusion here.
Kia Optima
Read our full review of the Kia Optima here.
Hyundai Sonata
Read our full review of the Hyundai (...)

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