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Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid, Hybrid Cars, Sedan
#159 of 163 Next Malibu Hybrid
Sep 21, 2008 (4:45 pm)
Isn't the next generation of Malibu Hybrid (2010) going to be a 2nd generation, full-hybrid system???
#160 of 163 Malibu Hybrid- is this a joke?
Nov 30, 2008 (5:22 pm)
I drove past a Chevy dealer today and stopped in, because they had a line of Malibu Hybrids and I was curious what the mileage sticker said. To my surprise, every Malibu Hybrid (they had '08s and '09s) had the standard Maroney sticker removed, and it was replaced by a reformatted one the dealer had cooked up, that EXCLUDED the gas mileage information. Very odd, I thought. I noticed that the '09 had uglier wheels, and the sticker price was TWENTY FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS higher than the '08.
I went over to the other part of the lot where the regular Malibus were, and I noticed the '09 4 cylinder models were listed as 22 City and 33 Highway if they had the six speed automatic. After I got home an looked up the Malibu MPG ratings I realized what was happening. The dealer had removed the normal stickers from the hybrids, because they were embarrassed that the NON-hybrid '09 model got better highway mileage than the '08 hybrid, and only 2 mpg worse in the city. How are they going to get the hybrid price premium if that is the case?
I think this is a microcosm of GM's problems. They don't have a true hybrid. Their lots are stuffed with prior year units of almost all models, so they want to dump those, which is killing their '09 sales. And in the midst of all this, they have jacked their sticker prices on the '09's. They can put whatever sticker price they want on their vehicles, the problem is that they have to compete with Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Nissan, Ford, Chrysler, Subaru, VW and Kia, GM used to set the market, and they act like they still do. I have news for you, Mr. Wagoner, you are now a minor player in the auto market, and you have to compete or die. I don't want to see GM go under. I have owned eight GM vehicles, and I think they sometimes do things right. But I have also owned Ford, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Subaru and Toyota, and I won't buy crap, and I won't buy a vehicle from a crooked dealer. Trying to obfuscate reality to push last year's junk off the lot isn't straight
The Malibu hybrid is an embarrassment that only exists so that GM can say it has a 'hybrid'. GM needs to dump this immediately, and focus on selling the 4 cylinder 6-speed models to people who want MPG over power. The Malibu is a good car, don't stain its reputation just so that you can say you sell 'hybrids'.
BTW, this dealer also sells Honda, and the dealer is obviously favoring Honda over Chevy. They have cut way back on their Chevy units, and most are now white pickups to sell to the trades. I didn't see a single Impala, only one Corvette, and only one of those white elephants known as the Traverse. It is clear the dealer is pushing Hondas. If I were Chevy, I'd yank the franchise and give it to a dealer that cares, and doesn't remove the FEDERALLY MANDATED sticker to try to hide the shortcomings.
Dec 03, 2008 (9:29 am)
Does Waggoner's choice of a Malibu hybrid to make the trek to DC have any significant impact on sales of the vehicle down the road?
#162 of 163 Re: Big boost? [pf_flyer]
Dec 03, 2008 (2:38 pm)
It can't hurt sales. It is proof the car will run from Detroit to DC.
Will it make it on one tank of gas would be my question???
#163 of 163 Re: Big boost? [gagrice]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Dec 04, 2008 (4:53 am)
It's about 524 miles from Detroit to DC and on the specs page here they show a range of 512 highway so he'd need to hit a Stuckey's somewhere along the way!