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GM briefly offered a mild hybrid Malibu in 2009 to retail customers, selling a few to fleets in 2010.

The new four-door will sport aero shutters like those in the Cruze, on a special high-fuel-economy model. The shutters block airflow when it's not needed to cool the engine; the air is managed around the vehicle to improve aerodynamics, which GM says is already a Malibu highlight.

Worldwide domination planned

The 2013 Malibu will be sold in the U.S. in three trim levels: LS, LT, and LTZ. Top versions will offer new infotainment systems, including a navigation system.

Chevy's MyLink also will be featured on the sedan. Like similar systems from Ford and Toyota, MyLink brings apps to the car's secondary systems. Audio apps like Pandora are integrated into the system so the driver's cell phone can deliver an audio stream that gives an alternative--or replaces--services like XM satellite radio.  

Bluetooth audio streaming is bundled in along with those services, but GM hasn't said whether it will explore adding Twitter services to MyLink, as Ford is doing with its SYNC system.

GM has plans for worldwide growth for the Malibu name. It's committed to build the sedan in the U.S. and China, and will sell the new Malibu on every continent except for Antarctica--in 100 countries, in all.

Production for American buyers begins early in 2012 at two plants in the U.S.--at the Hamtramck, Michigan, plant where the 2011 Chevy Volt also is built, and at the GM plant in Fairfax, Kansas.

The current Chevy Malibu was named North American Car of the Year when it was introduced for the 2008 model year, and since then, it's become one of General Motors' sales pillars. Chevy sold 198,770 Malibu sedans in 2010, ranking alongside the likes of the Hyundai Sonata (196,623 sales), Ford Fusion (219,219 units), and Nissan Altima (229,263 units), though behind the sales titans among family sedans--the Toyota Camry (327,804 units) and the Honda Accord (311,381 units).

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Comments (20)
  1. Millions of drivers are breaking the law with no insurance because they don't know this about a savings called "Auto Insurance Clearance"

  2. I hope that a stick shift version finds its way to the US; this is why I wouldn't even consider this car in '09 when I eventualy went with a Hyundai Sonata.

  3. Malibu is just a few units behind Civic so far this year, and along with Cruze and Impala, is selling far more than Sonata.
    Volt is an extended range Electric Vehicle and really should not be called a serial hybrid. It is capable of operating 100% of the time as a pure electric.
    None of the hybrids can do this for a practical distance, unless you never leave your neighborhood.

  4. I think I'll just hang on to my V8 powered, rear wheel drive, non-computer, no air bag, no smog check required, 1969 Malibu thank you.

  5. nice car!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. No V6, not interested!

  7. No V-6? I just cancelled my "want" for a new Malibu. It looks good, but I still want the old fashioned V-6 with dual exhausts. GM still doesn't get it!

  8. Of what we can see of it, I quite like the Audi/Camaroesque tail lamp design - interesting and American! We will have to wait and see if the rest of the design delivers.

  9. Heck with the v6, Heck with the fwd. No more impala ss or monte ss so how about a 2 door rwd malibu ss with the camero drivetrain. Make it a kind of retro look alike to the 70ss. Kind of like what dodge did with the charger. A muscle car for a bit older croud or a family man.

  10. seems like a winner , hope these uaw peeps can start building em with confidence and quality -sure like to see some american ingenuity back in place in the top spots - everything thats happening with toyota is giving them every opportunity to do so

  11. By caliph1r #7, Posted: 4/8/2011
    No V-6? I just cancelled my "want" for a new Malibu. It looks good, but I still want the old fashioned V-6 with dual exhausts. GM still doesn't get it!
    GM doesn't get it? Check the 2011 Sonata's sales, consider the impending CAFE requirements, then see who doesn't "get it"?

  12. Ugly tail lights and the Camero surrounds on the Speedometer have to go. Where is the TDI?

  13. Why the report this is spam notice on comment #12? Do you have to agree with all comments in the aricle? I thought this was for legitimate comments.

  14. As a person who's experience with G.M. products equals nearly 90 years i can honestly say that GM's demise began in the 1981 model year, the year that computers were introduced in their vehicles, utter garbage! then GM took iconic names like Camaro, Monte Carlo, Caprice, Le Mans, Grand Prix, Regal, Cadillac. and Malibu and literally destroyed the legendary reputation of the vehicles. The latest screwup of GM? the Cadillac CTS. The rear differential bushings are junk! the things cannot handle the power that is being imposed upon them. I love GM vehicles but if the Engineers and Designers don't stop acting stupid i'm afraid that General Motors will cease to exist.

  15. 2013 Malibu looks lake a bigger Cruze. It should be a good car for the high priced gas. I just purchased a Cruze for me and will probably trade my wifes 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix GT ,which she purchased new, for a 2013 Malibu.

  16. Looks and sounds good to me. I'm a new Camaro lover so I love the taillights. As for the four-cylinder, I wouldn't mind it since the gas prices are over the top. No Hyundais, Hondas, Nissans, Toyotas for me. It's a Chevy or nada.

  17. For 40 years,only buy V/8's All the cars look-alike,only difference is the badge change,foreign or domestic,can't tell the difference?

  18. No V-6? Bah.......

  19. Anything with osamabamas finger prints on it benefiting the UAW thugs will not see the inside of my garage.

  20. Anything with osamabamas finger prints on it benefiting the UAW thugs will not see the inside of my garage.

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