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#482 of 1510 Re: GM choices [drwilsc]
Oct 02, 2007 (3:44 pm)
I feel just the opposite. For the past 10 to 15 years auto manufacturers have given us basically three choices for interior colors: Black, Grey, and some variation of Tan. Personally, after owning 6 new cars since 1995 I was elated with a stylish multi-shade taupe interior in my 2003 PT Cruiser that even brought in some of the body color on the dash. I would be more than happy to see the end of all monotone interiors! While the new Malibu LTZ will offer only two color variations initially, I think the concept is great. And I'm fairly certain other combinations will be added as time goes on. As with any new car introduction a lot of new parts and pieces have to be designed, manufactured and assembled to complete the car. Chevrolet undoubtedly did not want to bite off more than they could chew by offering even more color combinations in the LTZ.
#483 of 1510 Re: GM choices [gdubya2]
Oct 02, 2007 (4:08 pm)
"Monotone" is the not the answer since it was cheap-looking in the 2007 Malibu and photos look like they were taken in black and white.
GM just went too far with their color choices.
How about having two tones (like having the tops of the dash and door panels a dark color to minimize reflections in the glass), but choosing two tasteful colors that do not involve the use of either yellow or orange.
It should not have been that hard. Common sense.
#484 of 1510 Re: GM choices [jaxs1]
Oct 02, 2007 (6:08 pm)
Good illustration, jaxs1. Painful as it is to admit, the Toyota's dash is simply beautiful compared to the Chevy's. Wonderful execution of a two-tone dash. I simply can't inagine an unbiased person preferring either of those Chevy dashes. No wonder the Camry is the number 1 selling car. The second Chevy dash looks like a 1950's car whose dash is painted with the paint of the exterior of the car. That is O.K. on a P.T. Cruiser, since the whole idea of that car is retro, but on a 'contemporary' car like the Malibu it looks silly.
Fact is, the Camry has been the best selling car for several years now. People will continue to tell us with their wallets which car (and dash) they prefer.
#485 of 1510 Re: GM choices [drwilsc]
Oct 03, 2007 (6:11 am)
The interior of the Camry may be OK but the new exterior styling is ugly and doesn't measure up to the 2008 Malibu sheet metal.
#486 of 1510 Re: GM choices [dbuck]
Oct 03, 2007 (9:07 am)
Agreed. Believe me I'm no Toyota fan, but I do like the Camry's dash better than the Malibu's.
#487 of 1510 2008 Malibu production starts Friday
Oct 04, 2007 (9:52 am)
I talked to my friend who works at the plant in Fairfax, KS and the 2008 Malibu starts rolling off the assembly line tomorrow. It won't be long until everyone can see it first hand and then make a decision.
#488 of 1510 Re: 2008 Malibu production starts Friday [lisa71]
Oct 04, 2007 (12:13 pm)
Do you know if they offer public (or "Internet acquaintance of a friend of an employee" ) tours of the Fairfax plant? I'm actually going to be in Kansas City in a couple of weeks, and had wondered about the possibility of touring the plant...not only because of my interest in the Malibu, but also due to my daughter's interest in engineering as a future career.
#489 of 1510 Dash and interior colors.....
Oct 04, 2007 (12:56 pm)
Just when I thought Chevy would get back in the game with the Malibu they come out with this! What are they thinking? Have they done focus groups outside of Detroit? The car is good looking other than the Jetta looking tail lights. The front has the Chevy Silverado grille look which was nicely done. The silouette looks good! But omg who approved those color combos on the interior? The dash is a bit layered too. The instrument panel looks really nice with that royal fade blue lighting on the instruments. We'll see.
#490 of 1510 Re: Dash and interior colors..... [mackabee]
Oct 04, 2007 (1:42 pm)
I'm going to go look at one in a few months. I already know the black and brick colored interior is a no-sale.
I'll see if the "cocoa" LTZ interior looks better in real life than the rendering on the Chevy web site.
Otherwise, it will need to be a 2LT if the old 4-speed automatic is livable or else some other vehicle not from Chevrolet.
I want better fuel economy than the V6 Malibu offers, so the 2LT V6 with 6-speed automatic is not a consideration.
I could also wait for the 2009s. Maybe the 2009 models will either have the 6-speed automatic on the 4 cylinder LTs or else nicer colors on the LTZ. Either of those should be a nice choice if it happens.
It's like someone was trying to sabotage their sales when they approved these colors as the only 2 color choices available for the LTZ interior. It looks that bad.
#491 of 1510 Re: Dash and interior colors..... [jaxs1]
Oct 04, 2007 (1:59 pm)
Before they even began!