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#276 of 1514 Hybrid Malibu coming
Jun 05, 2007 (9:22 am)
This may be old news, but I just read confirmation in an AP story that the Malibu Hybrid will happen soon. Here's the direct quote from the story:
"(Rick) Wagoner, speaking Tuesday at the company's annual shareholders meeting, also said GM would introduce four new hybrid models this year.
A company spokesman said the four new hybrids, all previously announced, are the two-mode gas-electric systems in the Chevrolet Tahoe and GMC Yukon large sport utility vehicles, and hybrid systems for the Saturn Aura and new Chevrolet Malibu sedans."
I'd known about the other three, but this was the first I'd heard of the Malibu coming out with a hybrid system (I knew it would come eventually, but it wasn't mentioned in the car's debut at the Detroit Auto Show earlier this year...but this implies it will be available at the car's introduction, which is a good thing).
I haven't driven an Aura Hybrid, but I have driven a VUE Hybrid and other than the SUV traits I didn't care for, the powertrain didn't feel much different than a standard car. Granted this hybrid is a mild one relative to the Prius, but by the same token if I can get a Malibu hybrid AND throw in my GM Card earnings, I'd say unless a test drive totally changes my mind I know what I'll be buying to replace my 2000 Impala.
#277 of 1514 Re: Hybrid Malibu coming [nosirrahg]
by Karen@Edmunds HOST
Jun 05, 2007 (9:52 am)
It's not been active, but you may want to post this in Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid over on the Hybrids board. This might sparks some hybrid folks to comment.
#278 of 1514 hybrid
Jun 05, 2007 (10:41 am)
It has been known for some time that there will be a Malibu hybrid. It will be the same as the Aura GL so it wont give you a huge boost in mileage. IN fact, it probably wont do much more than the LTZ 4 cylinder model with 6 speed auto. C&D tested an Aura GL and only got 23 mpg which isnt good at all. Plus they said it was very slow. I'm glad there will be a Malibu hybrid but it doesnt sound too promising at this point.
#279 of 1514 Re: hybrid 
Jun 05, 2007 (12:36 pm)
I wonder if they will have a "sport" edition of the bu?
Would that be a good/bad idea?
#280 of 1514 Re: hybrid [medcat]
Jun 06, 2007 (4:21 am)
I would expect to see one in the future.
#281 of 1514 design
Jun 07, 2007 (10:33 am)
The current issue of Automobile has a design review of the new Malibu. The author (who doesnt like many designs) is generally positive about the car although he still calls it dull. He says it reminds him of the LS460 and is full of fine detailing that is rarely seen on such a car. I guess it can be summed up by saying that he felt the car looked classy and expensive, but not exciting enough for his tastes. Of course he didnt mention any competing cars that he would actually approve of in terms of design.
#282 of 1514 Re: design 
Jun 07, 2007 (12:46 pm)
I tend to agree; I don't think anyone is going to look at the Malibu and be emotionally drawn to the car like one might the upcoming Camaro. But I think when you start comparing it to the competition (which if you think about it, isn't exactly loaded with emotionally exciting options), it will stand out. I haven't seen the car in person, but from the photos I've seen it will raise the bar for cars of this class in terms of styling/details.
Jun 07, 2007 (5:07 pm)
I think he meant that front end is dull (or generic). But overal design is pretty sweet. This time they found good proportions and lines. I hope they do not cheapen interior (as they did with Aura).
#284 of 1514 Re: design [savetheland]
Jun 07, 2007 (6:47 pm)
The 2008 Malibu looks fine in styling, but reliability and quality remain a giant question mark.
#285 of 1514 Re: design [jaxs1]
Jun 07, 2007 (7:27 pm)
I don't think "giant" question mark is a fair statement. There might be something unique about the Malibu that could prove to be problematic, but the bulk of the essentials (drivetrain, basic platform and such) aren't new, but have been proven in other vehicles. The Malibu shares its platform with the Saturn Aura; I honestly haven't spent much time researching the engines yet, but as far as I know they aren't being newly introduced with the Malibu.
There are going to be question marks with any car introduction (foreign or domestic), but I can't think of anything Chevy/GM has done recently that would put a "giant" question mark on the Malibu. From my experience with a 1st year 2000 Impala and 2003 Accord, I'd have no qualms with the 2008 Malibu (at least no more than I would with the 2009 Accord).