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Is There A Malibu Wagon In Chevy’s Future?


2011 Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

2013 Chevrolet Malibu

Journalists paying attention to comments made by Mark Reuss, GM’s North American President, during the 2011 New York Auto Show – in particular, Automotive News – are pretty keen on the idea that Chevy ought to add a wagon variant to the Malibu lineup.

2012 Buick Regal

2012 Buick Regal

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Make that also a Buick, per Automotive News’s Rick Kranz.

Both sound like a perfect model expansion for family vehicles from two of GM’s family-oriented brands. After all, some families don’t want or need a minivan and are looking to get out of larger SUVs. A Chevy Malibu and Buick Regal wagon would give consumers an affordable bow-tie wagon and a more upscale one with the Buick logo on it.

Both are sure to be a hit, in FamilyCarGuide’s humble opinion.

Motor Trend, adding its own spin to the Chevy/Buick wagon story, says that a Buick-badged [Opel] Insignia wagon has been spotted driving around the Detroit area. The publication adds that the new Malibu is based on the corporate Epsilon II chassis, “which underpins the Opel Insignia [and] is offered as a wagon in Europe.”

Witness the appeal of the Cadillac CTS Sport Wagon and CTS-V Wagon from GM’s luxury brand. While sales of CTS are on the rise across the board, the wagon variants are attracting their own adherents.

Seems like the General’s other family-car brands should get in on the action.

What do you think? Does a Chevrolet Malibu Wagon and/or Buick Regal Wagon seem like a good fit in the product mix for GM? Let us know in the comments section below.

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[Automotive News, Motor Trend]

 
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Comments (4)
  1. A New Malibu wagon would be a perfect fit for our family. We are in the market for a family car and there's few options when it comes to wagons and none of them look that great. The Malibu looks great compared with the foreign brands and a wagon variant along the current lines would bring buyers for sure to GM.
    An LTZ wagon with the 3.6l is on the wish list.
     
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  2. @Blake - Seems only logical that Chevy might want to capitalize on the ready market out there for an affordable, great-looking wagon that's fuel-efficient, roomy and has enough oomph to get where it needs to go. Let's hope Chevy goes for it. Thanks for the comment.
     
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  3. Good fit for Chevy brand. Disconnect for Buick.
     
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  4. Absolutely they need to add a wagon to the lineup. I have never owned a minivan and never will. I used to have a Buick Century wagon and I loved the flexibility it gave me to pick up materials but still behave like a car. I have a 2011 Impala which I like a great deal but if there was a Malibu wagon at the dealer I would be very interested in a trade in!
     
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