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#22 of 163 Re: New Malibu design [e2helper]
Jul 19, 2006 (1:28 pm)
Question on the 2008 (in 2007) Malibu hybrid...I had a discussion with a co-worker yesterday about hybrids, and he mentioned talking to a Ford dealer about the Escape hybrid, and how with the added initial cost of the hybrid, plus the down-the-road battery replacement, it was very unlikely one would ever recoup the cost difference in gasoline savings (especially since the real-world MPG of the Escape apparently isn't matching the EPA figures in most cases).
My impression of the GM hybrid (as in the Malibu, VUE, etc.) is that it's a different system, and I'm not so sure it's as reliant on battery packs as might be some other hybrids...any insight you can provide in that regard? I'm thinking perhaps the GM approach doesn't promise as much of a gas savings as "pure" hybrids might, but by the same token there might not be as much expense down the road either.
#23 of 163 Re: New Malibu design [nosirrahg]
Jul 19, 2006 (1:55 pm)
Very good question - If I see something I can post back I will.
Aug 11, 2006 (6:24 am)
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Jul 04, 2007 (8:16 pm)
I thought I'd posted this here earlier, but several weeks ago there was an interview posted about GM and hybrid vehicles, and they said there were four coming out this year, and the list included the 2008 Malibu hybrid. Still haven't been able to find definitive info on this (materials handed out at the Detroit auto show unveiling didn't mention a hybrid powertrain), other than it is assumed the drivetrain will be the same as the Aura hybrid.
#27 of 163 Re: 2008 Hybrid? [raywert]
Jul 06, 2007 (2:49 pm)
Ran across that last night myself; seems to further support the theory of the hybrid coming online soon. I keep hearing it will be end of 2007/beginning of 2008 before the new Malibu hits the showrooms; I hope it's sooner instead of later. I've had trouble finding an Aura Green Line to test drive; either production is slow or they can't keep them on the lot. I'm planning to buy by this time next year, so I'm hoping there's plenty of inventory (hybrid and non) to choose from when the time comes.
#28 of 163 Re: 2008 Hybrid? [nosirrahg]
Aug 24, 2007 (3:50 pm)
Why would they bother with a hybrid for the 2 mpg savings...Typical GM philosophy...
At least Chrysler is blindly putting faith in their powertrain warranty...should be good for bankruptcy by 2010
The Malibu will still be a Malibu with GM's famed maintenance expense driving people to well made imports!
#29 of 163 Re: 2008 Hybrid? [g3arh3ad]
Aug 25, 2007 (9:59 am)
That Chrysler warranty is fine...assuming Chrysler is still around 5 years from now.
The 2 MPG gain of the Malibu Hybrid doesn't sound like much, but it's about a 10% gain, at a price point that should be several thousands less than the Camry hybrid. I think it'll prove to be a good compromise until the Volt arrives.
#30 of 163 Re: 2008 Hybrid? [nosirrahg]
Aug 27, 2007 (4:22 pm)
GM's philosophy seems to be..."If you try hard, there's no end to the things you can't do!!!
The Volt is based on technology that does not currently exist. The supposition that the mass population will want a plug in is not what is being exhibited by the buying public!
Methinks they will screw up even this mild hybrid.
#31 of 163 Re: 2008 Hybrid? [g3arh3ad]
Aug 27, 2007 (7:14 pm)
To my knowledge the only technology that doesn't currently exist to make the Volt a reality is a more compact battery than what is currently available; there's no reason to think that won't be possible in the very near future. And I think the reason the buying public isn't clambering for a plug-in hybrid might be influenced by the fact that there are none readily available. Seems like the folks who once drove EV1s were pretty happy with those plug-in vehicles.
Methinks a lot of folks will deride the Malibu/Aura hybrids because they don't get the gas mileage of a Camry hybrid...but you'll see the Malibu/Aura drivers sitting a little higher in their vehicles because they've got a few extra thou' in their back pockets that the Camry hybrid driver will never drive long enough to recoup the difference. Do the math and the Camry hybrid makes no sense. The Prius does, if you don't need much room.
Obviously I haven't seen a Malibu in person, let alone driven one, so I hesitate to say it's the best compromise between Camry-size and Prius-efficiency and cost; but it's a step in the right direction (though I think the Volt setup will make it irrelevant once it hits the streets).
I'm hoping to delay my next car purchase for a couple of years, but if I had to make a purchase next year the Malibu Hybrid would be the car I'd look at first, and compare everything else to.