2013 Malibu Eco Earns America’s Top Safety Ratings
Continuing to set new standards for mid-size sedans, the 37-mpg Chevrolet Malibu Eco recently became the first 2013 entry from that segment to achieve both Top Safety Pick status from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a five-star overall vehicle score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Los Angeles Chevy explained the first honor only goes to vehicles that post the highest possible grades in the IIHS’ evaluations for front, side, rear and rollover impact protection; the NHTSA seal of approval, based on front and rear crash protection as well as rollover resistance, uses a mathematical formula to combine results from all three tests to come up with one “overall vehicle score.”
Malibu Eco safety highlights include:
- A robust body structure made from 65 percent high- and ultra-high-strength materials
- Eight standard airbags, along with a rollover sensor that can deploy head-curtain side air bags when a rollover situation is imminent
- The StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
- Four-channel anti-lock disc brakes
- GM’s OnStar service, complete with an Automatic Crash Response System capable of automatically contacting emergency advisors after an air-bag deployment
“We are now seeing the results from our commitment to design the highest-rated vehicles in the world in safety performance,” said Gay Kent, GM executive director of Vehicle Safety. “Earning these top safety ratings demonstrates the strength of the Malibu’s advanced structure, overall crashworthiness and effectiveness of the vehicle’s state-of-the-art safety technologies.”
For more information on the Malibu Eco, visit Chevrolet Louisiana or your local Chevrolet dealer.