It’s time to party Malibu style. The Chevrolet Malibu is not only celebrating its 51st birthday this year, it’s also celebrating a big milestone after crossing the 10-million production mark.
“The Chevy Malibu joins an exclusive club of vehicles that have achieved this extraordinary milestone and we acknowledge it today by honoring the common thread linking every one produced: The customer. Some people are buying their very first Malibu today and others may have driven a Malibu from a different generation as their first car. It is a car that has resonated with customers for more than half a century,” says Alan Batey, president, global Chevrolet.
Birthed in 1964, the Malibu now being sold in over 25 countries around the world and Chevy is saying a big cheers to the United States, China, and Korea that altogether make up over 90 percent of Malibu sales.
The Malibu is crossing the 10-millionth mark at the same time that the new ninth-generation model is entering production. It’s longer and lighter with an all-new design and also stays connected with new technology features.
The new 2016 Malibu sheds 300 pounds, to be exact, which makes it the lightest midsize sedan in its class. The weight loss is achieved with the new design that includes a leaner and stronger body, a greater use of aluminum, a more streamlined instrument panel, lighter interior materials, and a new lighter engine.
The body grows 4-inches longer and features lines that are more drawn back for a windswept feel. Chevy assures that lighter and stronger material used actually contributes to better crash test results. So no compromises.
The lighter weight contributes both to performance and to fuel economy. The new Malibu ges an estimated 37 mpg highway with the standard 1.5-liter turbo engine. There is also a Hybrid version available that gets a General Motors-estimated 48 mpg city and 45 mpg highway.
If you’re more interested in taking advantage of the performance gained by the lighter car, there is also going to be a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that gets 250 horsepower and an estimated 32 highway mpg.
The Malibu stays connected with the latest Chevrolet MyLink system that includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay capabilities. It also has a new Teen Driver feature that allows parents to keep an eye on their teens driving with features such as warnings and alerts.
The all-new Malibu arrives this fall.