Saturday, June 22, 2013


Restyled 2014 Chevy Malibu Unveiled in Detroit

by Chevrolet in the News on May 31, 2013
After making its debut as a brand-new model for 2013, the Chevrolet Malibu will look to build its marketplace momentum with a significant refresh for the next selling season. That was immediately apparent when the 2014 Chevy Malibu made its first public appearance recently in Detroit, where Mark Reuss, president of GM North America, reported that: “The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu builds on the strengths established by the all-new 2013 Malibu to make it a stronger choice for customers. The midsize sedan segment is the most contested in the industry and we’re not sitting still with the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu.”
Instead, owners will be sitting pretty, thanks to upgrades that include:
  • A new 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine with standard variable valve-lift control and start-stop technology, good for an estimated 5 percent bump in city mileage, a 3 percent lift on the highway and an expected 23 mpg city/35 mpg highway
  • 14 percent more torque from its 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, now packing 295 lb.-ft. of twist (and 259 horsepower)
  • A restyled front end inspired by the look of the all-new 2014 Chevy Impala and showcasing reshaped upper and lower grilles with wider, chrome-accented openings
  • Expanded rear-seat cabin room, highlighted by an additional 1.25 inches of rear knee room and resculpted seat cushions
  • Available side blind zone alert and rear cross traffic alert
Also notable are significant changes to the suspension of the 2014 Chevy Malibu. As explained by Ken Kelzer, executive chief engineer for GM’s global full-size and midsize cars: “The 2014 Malibu has been engineered to deliver more precise ride and handling that is on par with more expensive sports sedans.”
The 2014 Chevrolet Malibu is slated to arrive in local dealerships this fall.

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Goodbye, Chevrolet Camaro. Hello, Chevy Chevelle?

by Joel Arellano on April 8, 2013
1964 Chevrolet Chevelle Malibu convertibleThe autosphere is abuzz with reports that General Motors has filed the Chevelle name as a trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). For those unfamiliar with car history, the Chevrolet Chevelle is the predecessor to the current Chevy Malibu. Speculation is that GM plans to revive the namesake in order to add another car to the bowtie brand.
Armchair analysts, though, are questioning such a move. Currently, there are nine cars under the Chevrolet name: Camaro, Corvette Stingray, Cruze, Impala, Malibu, Sonic, Spark, SS and Volt. Is there room for yet another sedan? That’s what the folks over at GM Authority asked in their post. They offered two potential scenarios. The first is Chevrolet will rename the SS with the Chevelle plate in the not-so-distant future. The site points to the fact that the Chevy SS is a rebadged Holden VF Commodore from GM Australia. The Commodore is due for an all-new model sometime in 2016, about the time GM completes its Chevelle filing with the USPTO.
A more radical idea involves the Chevrolet Camaro and the Chevy Code 130R. The latter is a compact coupe concept introduced by GM at the 2012 Detroit Auto Show. The automaker has been mum about it and the other concept introduced at the show, the Tru 140S. GM Authority theorizes that a production version of the Code 130R could wear the Camaro name, while the current one will shift up as the all-new Chevelle. GM, when asked about filing or the ultimate fate of Code 130R, has dismissed such queries.