Blog: Redesigned Chevy Malibu debuts in... China
Graeme Roberts | 31 March 2011
New Malibu is first to be sold globally, built in China as well as US
Another sign, after Ford Focus product announcements at consumer electronics shows, that things, they are a-changing. Redesigned 2013 (!) Chevy Malibu, history as long as your arm, as American as apple pie. So where does the public get its first look? Shanghai...
A GM press release, tweeted to media as you do, promises simultaneous unveils live at the Shanghai Auto Show and on Chevrolet’s Facebook page from 8:30pm EDT on 18 April with additional streams live on iPad and iPhone mobile devices.
So when will Americans get to see it, pray? "The Malibu show car will also be shown at the New York International Auto Show, which is open to the public 23 April through 1 May," GM said.
Then the reasoning becomes a bit more obvious. After generations of being a boring rentomobile, on the lot in white at Orlando, the last one was quite a looker, much in the style of GM Europe's Opel/Vauxhall Insignia, but really only sold in North America. The redesign, however, "is Chevrolet’s first midsize car to be sold globally. It will be sold in nearly 100 countries on six continents and built in multiple locations, including China and two facilities in the United States."
"The Malibu will feature a global family of fuel-efficient and powerful four-cylinder engines, along with six-speed transmissions that also contribute to efficient performance. [It] was designed to stand out in all markets around the globe, while its European-inspired driving characteristics were engineered to challenge the best in its class."
I'll look forward to seeing it over here, then.
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