General Motors is investing $US208m in its Fairfax assembly plant to build the redsigned 2008 Chevrolet Malibu.

The investment covers expansion of the plant's body shop and the purchase of equipment needed to make the new Malibu. The plant currently builds the 2007 Malibu, the Maxx derivative and the Saturn Aura, with a hybrid Aura scheduled for release in early 2007.

Kansas state governor Kathleen Sebelius led an effort to eliminate the machinery and equipment tax, which will apply to new business investments, such as the one occurring at Fairfax Assembly. Local and state elected officials also were instrumental in securing additional incentives to support the GM investment, the automaker said.

The new Malibu , which will make its debut in January at Detroit motor show and will go on sale in the fourth quarter of 2007.

GM said the model's new dual-port grille design represents "the new face of Chevrolet". The new Malibu also features a number of striking and progressive interiors that use premium materials to demonstrate quality and value not seen before in this segment, the automaker claimed.