A product of the General Motors, the Chevrolet Malibu is a mid-size car produced in the United States. Named after Malibu, California, the vehicle is marketed in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Brazil and the Middle East. The first Malibu was a top-line sub-series of the mid-sized Chevrolet Chevelle from 1964 to 1972. Malibus were often accessible in a full-range of body styles including a four-door sedan, two-door Sport Coupe hardtop, and convertible and two-seat station wagon.
In the second generation (1968–1972), Malibus and all other Chevelles were completely redesigned for 1968. Engine offerings included a new 307-cubic-inch (5.0 L) V8 rated at 200 horsepower (150 kW) that replaced the 283-cubic-inch (4.6 L) V8 that had served as the base V8 since the Chevelles introduction in 1964.
Inside was a new tool panel featuring round gauges in square pods similar to what would appear in Camaros the following year. For the 1973 model year, the Malibu’s redesign marked its third generation (1973–1977). Models included the base Chevelle Deluxe, mid-range Malibu and the top-line Laguna.
During the fourth genesis that lasted from 1978–1983, the Malibu name replaced the Chevelle name. In 1997, a new front-wheel drive Malibu was introduced, while its name was moved to the new Epsilon platform based on the 2002 Opel Vectra C for 2004. Similarly the seventh generation [since 2008–present] Malibu was redesigned by Bryan Nesbitt under the direction of GM Vice Chairman Robert Lutz with an aim to make the nameplate competitive with Japanese mid-size cars. The remodelling took an extensive engineering and design.
The seventh genesis of the Malibu is 3 inches (76 mm) longer with a wheelbase that is six inches (152 mm) longer. Assembled in Kansas City, Kansas and Lake Orion, Michigan, it is built on a revised version of the long-wheelbase Epsilon platform shared with the Saturn Aura, the Opel Signum, and Pontiac G6. Like the previous Malibus, its interior room remains mid-size.
The latest model of the Chevrolet Malibu came in 2011 and is mid-size sedan with two different engines: a 3.6L engine that delivers 252 horse powers, and has a fuel economy of 26 mpg on highways, and a 4-cylinder engine that delivers 169 horse powers, and has a fuel economy of 33 mpg on highways. The transmission package is 6-speed automatic or manual. From safety aspect, the Malibu has 6 Airbags, four wheel anti-lock brake system and “StabiliTrak” Electronic Stability Control System.
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