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All-New 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Gives Customers MoreChevrolet's First Global Midsize for Customers in Nearly 100 Markets on Six Continents
- All-new exterior designed to stand out around the world
- All-new, dual-cockpit interior wîth more room, more quietness, more premium materials and content, and greater craftsmanship
- All-new, fuel-efficient, 2.5L four-cylinder Ecotec engine wîth next-generation six-speed automatic powertrain
- All-new ride and handling package engineered for best-in-class performance
- All-new, aerodynamically efficient shape and active shutter system save fuel and reduce wind noise
- All-new Chevrolet MyLink in-car infotainment system integrates online services like Pandora® Internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio®
- New radio face that articulates up and down revealing a six-inch-deep hidden storage compartment, a first for a Ú.S. midsize sedan
- New safety features including 10 air bags, lane departure/forward collision warning system and a rearview camera system
- On sale in the Ú.S. in 2012
DETROIT and SHANGHAI – The all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu made its global debut today, wîth simultaneous introductions in the Únited States and China – two of the nearly 100 countries on six continents where it will be sold. Chevrolet's first global midsize sedan will provide customers from Shanghai to New York and Sydney to Sao Paulo wîth expressive design, advanced technologies, ride performance and fuel-efficient powertrains.
'The current Malibu has left an award-winning impression and changed the way people think about Chevrolet. It redefined what an American midsize car could be,' said Rick Scheidt, vice president, Chevrolet Marketing. 'This all-new Malibu delivers on the intangibles of today's Malibu but gives customers even more: more style, fuel efficiency, content and features, craftsmanship, and dynamic capabilities rivaling high-end sedans.'
Product highlights for North American models include:
- All-new, fuel-efficient and powerful 2.5L four-cylinder engine and next-generation six-speed automatic that lead Malibu's powertrain lineup
- Expressive exterior design wîth a wide, athletic stance
- Segment-best aerodynamics – close to those of the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric car – that enhance fuel efficiency and reduce wind noise, including active electronic shutters on select models
- All-new, Chevrolet-signature dual-cockpit interior that is more spacious, features premium materials and is engineered to be the quietest in the midsize §egmènt
- New Chevrolet MyLink connectivity seamlessly integrates online services like Pandora® internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio®
- European-influenced ride and handling traits
- New safety features and technologies including 10 air bags, ultra-high-strength steel, lane departure warning/forward collision warning and rearview camera system
Expressive and efficient exterior
'The exterior design of the all-new Malibu carries DNA from its sister vehicles, the Camaro and Corvette, to bring a sporty sensibility to the family sedan §egmènt,' said Bryan Nesbitt, executive director for GM exterior design and Chevrolet Brand Champion.
A wider stance, broad shoulders and an integrated rear spoiler bring a new athleticism to Malibu and give it a more aggressive appearance. The new Malibu has a 4.5-inch (114 mm) shorter wheelbase and 62-inch (1,574 mm) front and rear tracks that are more than 2 inches (51 mm) wider than the model it replaces.
Other exterior design cues include Chevrolet's dual-port grille, projector HID headlamps, larger Chevrolet bow-tie badges front and rear, and new Camaro-inspired LED dual-element taillamps. The look is complemented by a range of large 17-, 18- and 19-inch wheels.
The new Malibu exterior is anticipated to be SAE-certified as one of the most aerodynamically efficient cars in the §egmènt, wîth a coefficient of drag (Cd) rating near Chevrolet Volt's Cd of .280. Because of Malibu's new shape and design, engineers were able to remove 60 counts of wind drag compared to the model it replaces.
Malibu also has electronically controlled and integrated active aero shutters (select models in North American markets) to improve aerodynamics and enhance fuel economy without sacrificing the exterior design.
Malibu's active shutter system automatically closes airflow through the lower intake opening when air intake is least needed. When closed, the shutter system enhances aerodynamic performance by redirecting airflow around the front of the vehicle and down the sides, rather than through it. Whether the shutter is open or closed depends on engine coolant temperature and speed – for example, the shutters open when the car is traveling up a hill, pulling a trailer, or in hot city driving; the shutters close at highway speeds when less engine cooling is required.
Roomier, more refined interior
The new Malibu interior was designed to bring an element of sophistication to everyday driving, featuring an all-new dual cockpit design that creates an inviting, roomy and comfortable environment.
The increased width of the new Malibu means a more spacious cabin. Compared to the previous model, it has nearly 4 cubic feet (113 L) of additional interior volume, along wîth more shoulder and hip room.
The Malibu interior features metallic, chrome or wood accents located around the shifter, surrounding the center stack, around the instrument cluster and on doors and the §teering wheel. Soft, ice blue ambient lighting reflects off of and complements chrome accents and ensures even, consistent illumination along the instrument panel and in storage pockets. Ice blue lighting on the center stack dials, exposed ice blue French contrast stitching, soft-touch and textured surfaces, and strategic applications of noise-deadening materials add to Malibu's interior refinement.
The Malibu also has a number of storage areas, including a radio face that articulates up and down to reveal a six-inch deep storage area behind its seven-inch touch-screen radio display – a Ú.S. first in a midsize car. Malibu will also offer a full range of the latest infotainment options, including new color radio systems and an available navigation system.
Malibu will include Chevrolet's new MyLink infotainment package at launch. It builds on the safety and security of OnStar and seamlessly integrates online services like Pandora® internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio®. MyLink integrates wireless connectivity through Bluetooth to enable hands-free use of selected smart phone apps while the device remains safely stowed.
MyLink features a high-resolution, full-color touch screen display designed to manage the number of steps required to complete a task. MyLink also adds stereo audio streaming and wireless control of smart phones, building on the Bluetooth hands-free calling capability already offered in most Chevrolet vehicles.
All-new 2.5L powertrain
The 2013 Malibu features a global lineup of fuel-efficient and powerful four-cylinder engines that complements its European-inspired driving characteristics.
An all-new Ecotec 2.5L dual overhead cam, four-cylinder engine wîth direct injection leads Malibu's engine lineup in North America. It is expected to be one of the most efficient of its size in the market. New features include enhanced authority continuously variable valve timing, variable-displacement oil pump and electronic thermostat that save fuel, while delivering V-6-like performance. It is estimated the engine will be SAE-certified at more than 190 horsepower (141 kW) and 180 lb.-ft. of torque (245 Nm). The new engine has noise-reducing features such as a cast exhaust manifold, steel crank, low-noise timing chain and direct mount accessories that contribute to a quiet-cabin experience.
The 2.5L is mated to a Hydra-Matic 6T40 six-speed automatic wîth features designed to enhance powertrain efficiency. They include changes to clutch controls and hardware that improves shift response and time. These changes enabled engineers to specify higher gearing to improve cruising efficiency while maintaining acceleration performance and driveability.
|Engine : 2.5 L., 4-cylinder|
Power: 190 hp
Torque: 180 ft-lbs
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu delivers precise ride and handling. It has been engineered to be best-in-class and on par wîth more expensive sports sedans.
Benefiting from continuous refinement of an award-winning global architecture, engineers have tested, tuned and calibrated the Malibu on rural roads, highways, freeways and GM validation facilities around the world.
Contributing to the Malibu's ride and handling characteristics are:
- A solid body structure as stiff as any in the global midsize sedan market, allowing for precise tuning and dynamic vehicle control
- A premium §teering gear for smooth, precise responsiveness and on-center feel
- Proven and continuously refined MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspensions
- Large, ventilated front disc and solid rear disc brakes, clamped on by dual-piston front and single-piston rear aluminum calipers, which are expected to deliver §egmènt-best stopping distance
- An isolated engine cradle for tuned, refined feedback, without noise or vibration
- Fuel-saving electric power rack-and-pinion variable-effort power §teering, resulting in effortless low-speed maneuvers and a higher degree of §teering feel at higher speeds
- Chassis control technologies include four-channel anti-lock brakes, full-function traction control, four-corner electronic stability control, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist system, corner brake control, hydraulic brake fade assist and drag torque control.
When it comes to safety features, the new Malibu will be one of the best-equipped in the §egmènt. The Malibu will also be pedestrian protection-compliant in all markets where it is sold, and for the first time in North America. Pedestrian protection design in the front of the vehicle reduces the chance of secondary collision between the pedestrian and engine block in car-pedestrian accidents.
The Malibu will also offer these standard and available safety features:
- Dual-stage driver and front passenger air bags
- Driver and front passenger pelvic/thorax side-impact air bags
- Driver and passenger knee air bags
- Roof rail air bags wîth rollover protection
- Available second-row head/thorax side-impact air bags
- Available lane departure warning system wîth forward collision alert
- Available rearview camera system
OnStar is also included in Malibu's safety features and includes Automatic Crash Response, as well as improved voice recognition technology, remote diagnostics, remote door unlock, Stolen Vehicle Slowdown and six months of uplevel Directions and Connections service that includes Turn-By-Turn Navigation.
The new Malibu comes in LS, LT and LTZ trim levels, wîth 10 exterior colors and four interior color combination choices in North America, depending on the model. Malibu production in the Únited States begins in early 2012. It will be built in multiple locations around the globe, including the Fairfax, Kan. and Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plants in the Únited States. Pricing will be announced later this year.Source - Chevrolet
2013 Malibu Turbo: A Midsize Sedan with Chevrolet SpiritAll-new turbocharged engine designed to enhance power, torque and refinement
•Chassis engineered for the most challenging global markets
•Turbo model completes the Malibu Ú.S. portfolio
Throughout its history, Chevrolet has offered stylish, affordable and dependable family cars wîth a little something extra.
In the case of the 2013 Malibu, that something extra is an all-new 2.0L turbocharged engine designed to infuse the new Malibu midsize sedan wîth real Chevrolet spirit.
'The all-new turbocharged engine showcases just how capable the new Malibu is, and the turbocharged Malibu is perfect for customers who want a midsize sedan that is fun to drive under a wide range of real-world conditions,' said Mark Meyers, GM global vehicle performance manager.
The Malibu turbo can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and achieve a top speed of 155 mph. Even wîth this performance delivered by its 259-horsepower (193 kW) engine, the Malibu turbo has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 21 city and 30 mpg highway.
With its peak torque of 260 lb.-ft. (353 Nm) sustained between 1,700 and 5,500 rpm, the turbocharged engine also gives Malibu excellent response under a broad range of driving conditions. This added performance comes wîth greater refinement as the enhanced torque reduces downshifts and helps quiet the buzz sometimes found in four-cylinder engines.
Malibu turbo includes a four-wheel-independent suspension system, hydraulic ride bushings, premium electric §teering gear and more.
'With its global pedigree and European tuning, the new Malibu has a robust body structure, premium §teering and suspension, and substantial four-wheel disc brakes,' said Meyers.
Performance and value
The Malibu turbo goes on sale this fall, available as both a mid-level LT model wîth a suggested retail price of $27,710 and as a more luxurious LTZ model wîth a suggested retail price of $30,925. Both prices include a $995 dealer freight charge.
Standard content on turbo LT models includes:
•18-inch aluminum wheels
•Chevy MyLink, wîth a seven-inch color touch-screen radio, Bluetooth, and ÚSB port
•Dual-zone automatic climate control
•Eight-way power driver seat wîth power lumbar
•Tilting and telescoping §teering column wîth §teering wheel controls for audio and cruise control
•Ice-blue ambient lighting.
Malibu turbo LTZ models add:
•LED tail lamps
•Heated front seats
•Available 19-inch aluminum wheels.
Technically advanced engine
A host of technologically advanced elements contribute to the Malibu turbo's performance, including dual-overhead camshafts wîth continuously variable valve timing, direct injection and more:
•Twin-scroll turbocharger that virtually eliminates turbo lag and generates maximum boost of 20 psi
•Air-to-air intercooler that reduces the pressurized air charge's temperature for optimal performance
•A356T6 aluminum cylinder head cast wîth Rotocast process – similar to the Corvette ZR1's heads – for greater strength and improved airflow
•Sand-cast aluminum engine block that features cast-in iron liners and structural enhancements to enable higher power wîth reduced noise and vibration
•Aluminum pistons wîth jet-spray cooling, which enhances performance and longevity
•Modular balance shaft system in the oil pan for greater refinement
•Two--stage variable-displacement oil pump that enhances the overall operating efficiency of the engine
•Specially tuned exhaust for reduced backpressure and improved sound quality.
The advanced, electronically controlled turbocharger's twin-scroll design optimizes power. Each of two scrolls on the turbine is fed by a separate exhaust passage – one from cylinders one and four, the other from cylinders two and three – to virtually eliminate turbo lag at low engine speeds, giving the engine immediate throttle response.
Because direct injection cools the intake process, compared to conventional port injection, the engine can operate at higher boost and a relatively higher compression ratio of 9.2:1, which increases both output and efficiency. Also, each piston has its own directed jet that sprays oil toward its skirt, coating its underside and the cylinder wall wîth an additional layer of lubricant. That cools the piston, reduces friction and operational noise and bolsters the engine's durability.
The 2.0L turbo engine is matched wîth the Hydra-Matic 6T70 six-speed automatic transmission, wîth TAPShift control.
Sold in more than 100 countries, the new Malibu benefits from a global development process that prepared the car for everything from unimproved roads in developing countries to the Autobahns and mountain switchbacks of Europe.
'You feel connected to the road in the Malibu turbo, while also being isolated from wind noise and imperfections in the pavement,' said Meyers. 'Behind the wheel, the new Malibu turbo feels responsive. The §teering is precise on center, wîth a confident §teering effort build-up as the driver turns into a curve. The chassis feels great in the corners, wîth excellent body-motion control.
'The Malibu is a fun car to drive, and the power of the turbo engine makes it even better,' said Meyers.
A solid body structure, as stiff as any in the global midsize market, helped engineers dial in a refined degree of control in the front and rear suspensions, while an isolated engine cradle reduces noise transmission to the cabin. Chassis and suspension highlights include:
•MacPherson-strut front suspension wîth dual-path mountings, which separates the transfer of spring damper loads to the body to a smoother-feeling ride and an enhanced feeling of control. New for the turbo model are internal rebound springs for the front struts that give the Malibu improved body motion control and roll damping in handling maneuvers
•Side-load-compensated strut modules are designed to reduce the sliding friction caused by the bending load on the strut that is common in most suspension geometries, for more precise suspension tuning
•Aluminum §teering knuckle/strut carriers and control arms are used to minimize un-sprung weight, optimize weight distribution throughout the front suspension and intended to foster a more nimble driving feel
•A direct-acting front stabilizer bar enables a more direct and immediate feeling to §teering inputs. It is mounted to the rear portion of the engine cradle, wîth each end of the bar connected to the front struts
•Isolated lower A-arms, wîth integrated ball joints, are attached via two mounting points on a sub-frame that, in turn, is mounted wîth four isolators to the body structure. This provides a firmer foundation for the A-arms, which helped engineers tune the suspension more precisely, while also reducing noise and vibration
•Hydraulic ride bushings in the front control arms are designed to deliver a higher degree of ride isolation, quieter performance and more controlled transfer of road inputs
•Rack-mounted electric power §teering gear by ZF Steering Systems. This dual-pinion system – one for §teering and the other to move the rack – is designed to deliver excellent response and on-center characteristics, wîth almost perfect linear response. It also helps save fuel because engine doesn't have to turn a conventional hydraulic §teering pump
•A four-link rear suspension intended to contribute to the car's controlled feel, wîth a direct-acting performance and precise calibration, thanks to its mounting directly to the stiff body structure. The four links include an upper camber link, two lower links and a trailing link
•Eighteen-inch aluminum wheels are standard on Malibu Turbo, while 19-inch wheels are available. They're used wîth 235/50R18 or 245/45R19 all-season tires, respectively.
Chassis control systems
Malibu's electronic chassis controls are designed to enhance overall ride and handling qualities of the car, and also help make for a safer journey. All are part of the StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, which also incorporates full-function traction control.
When a situation requires a higher level of electronic intervention – signaled by inputs detected by a yaw sensor mounted in the center of the vehicle – StabiliTrak modulates the brakes at the individual wheels, reduces power or does both to help the driver remain in control. The system incorporates advanced braking features to assist in a variety of conditions, including:
•Cornering Brake Control is activated when the car is braking while cornering. Brake pressure is individually varied among all four wheels to keep the car stable.
•Brake Assist helps the driver in emergency braking situations, giving the driver a higher deceleration gain than would be possible from the regular brake system booster.
The Malibu turbo's brake system consists of four-wheel discs, featuring 11.7-inch (296 mm) vented front discs and aluminum calipers in the rear. A four-channel anti-lock system is tied in wîth StabiliTrak to provide more control in wet and icy conditions.
The 2013 Malibu Turbo also offers 10 standard air bags, as well as an available rearview camera system, Forward Collision Alert and Lane Departure Warning. It is also the first 2013 midsize car to earn double honors for safety, including a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and a 2012 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety.
All models are covered by a five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, as well as a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty.Source - Chevrolet
Climatic Wind Tunnel Puts All-New Malibu Turbo to the TestIndoor torture testing simulates extreme weather conditions
Neither snow nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night kept product development engineers from swift completion of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Turbo, arriving this month. The location for all of this torture testing? General Motors' Climatic Wind Tunnel in Warren, Mich., where all Chevrolet vehicles take on the elements.
On the hottest days of summer, Malibu Turbo, which starts at $27,710, withstood blizzard and hurricane conditions inside the wind tunnel, where the temperature can replicate 40 below zero and the wind can blow 150 mph. Even on the coldest nights of winter, the tunnel's temperature can easily climb to 140 degrees under 1,155 watts per square meter of simulated sunshine.
At this state-of-the-art facility, engineers take vehicle development and validation testing to the extremes, subjecting powertrain cooling, cabin heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems to the harshest weather conditions found from Death Valley, Calif., and Denali, Alaska.
The wind tunnel also simulates driving actual roads wîth real-world weight burdens, such as hauling a fully loaded trailer up a steep incline by applying resistance through the wheels of the tunnel's dynamometer, a tool that also allows simulated driving speeds of up to 155 mph.
'Testing in the Climatic Wind Tunnel reduces the need to travel to remote locations, which helps save time and money,' said Ben Cruz, GM engineering group manager for thermal testing at the Climatic Wind Tunnel. 'Tunnel testing also minimizes the safety risks and traffic interactions associated wîth testing on public roads, and because the conditions are repeatable, we're not limited by the whims of Mother Nature.'
Engineers used the tunnel's blizzard-making capability to test Malibu Turbo's air induction system, which is designed to prevent snow from clogging the vehicle's air cleaning system. The system's torturous path of multiple barriers blocks water molecules while allowing air to flow freely for engine combustion.
Malibu Turbo's powertrain cooling system was developed in the tunnel and attuned to the car's specific powertrain heat outputs and airflow characteristics to provide optimal performance even in extreme heat and cold. The system is designed to allow wide open throttle acceleration at egg-frying Death Valley temperatures, and has been validated in that desert location.
Malibu Turbo's occupant comfort is just as important when the going gets hot. The car's air conditioning system was tested against tunnel simulations of the high heat and humidity found along the Gulf Coast. This torture test helps ensure that Malibu Turbo's all-new 2.0L engine delivers the rapid cool-down performance expected of a turbocharged power plant.
Climatic torture testing helps Chevrolet deliver improved quality and durability. Malibu topped the midsize sedan category in a recent third-party quality study, due in part to development work done at the Climatic Wind Tunnel.
'The new Malibu turbo was designed wîth the things that matter to our customers in mind, like starting on cold mornings and not overheating on hot summer days,' said Jeremy Loveday, Malibu turbo's program engineering manager. 'The Climatic Wind Tunnel helped us place the Malibu turbo in extreme conditions – if the car survives there, then it'll perform extremely well when customers have them.'Source - Chevrolet
The name Malibu was originally utilized as the description for Chevrolet's top series models in the Chevelle line in 1964. This line continued all the way up to the 1983 model year. A mid-sized vehicle, the Malibu is produced in the United States by General Motors. Attempting to stay smaller than the full-size Impala model, the Malibu is marketed in the U.S., Mexico, Canada and Israel.
1964 was the original production year of the Chevelle Malibu. Production continued until 1972 and the Malibu was restyled for the 73 model year. The lineup included the base Chevelle Deluxe, mid-range Malibu and the top-line Laguna. The Deluxe was dropped in 1974 and the Malibu took the place as the entry-level Chevelle. The Malibu classic also replaced the Laguna trim package. Continuing until 197, the SS was introduced and replaced the Laguna S-3 model.
Except the Monte Carlo coupe, the Malibu name replaced the Chevelle name on all mid-sized Chevrolets for the 1978 model year. As this was the down-sized version in comparison to previous mid-sized Chevrolets, only two trim levels were available, Malibu and Malibu Classic. A total of three body-styles were introduced, the station wagon, coupe and sedan. In 1981, the two-door coupe, which was mnemonic of the 1964 Chevelle hardtop was last produced. Today this coupe has been a highly sought after collector item for drag racers.
Filling the void for mid-sized police vehicles, once the Chevrolet Nova ended production, the 9C1 police option was transferred to the 4-door Malibu line. A special order of Malibu sedans was also produced in 1981 by GM Canada, though this was eventually rejected due to quality concerns. These Malibu's were considered undesirable with the combination of the smallest V6 engine and a 3-speed manual transmission and the 'Iraqui Taxi's' were auctioned off to the public at an extremely reduced rate.
The final year that a Malibu Classic was marketed, the 82 Malibu shared GM's re-designated rear-wheel drive G platform with the Pontiac Grand Prix and the Oldsmobile Cutlass. Before being replaced by the front-wheel drive Chevrolet Celebrity, 4-door sedan Malibu's were produced until 1983. The El Camino continued to be produced in 1987 though the sedan and wagon were soon phased out.
For 1997, the Malibu was named Motor Trend magazine's Car of the Year. In the same year and an all new front-wheel drive Malibu built on an extended wheelbase version of the GM N platform was introduced. The Malibu shared the N platform the with Pontiac Grand Am, Buick Skylark, Oldsmobile Alero and Achieva and was produced at the Oklahoma City Assembly plant and the Wilmington Assembly plant. Production was eventually moved to Lansing, Michigan.
Before the Oldsmobile Alero, the Oldsmobile Cutlass was a clone of the Malibu as a stopgap vehicle and replaced the Chevy Corsica. Falling between the Cavalier and the Lumina in the Chevrolet lineup, the Malibu has taken the place of the now discontinued Corsica. A high level of standard equipment is found in the Malibu, and due to the competitive nature of midsize sedan market, the price is highly aggressive.
An all-new, front-wheel-drive midsize sedan was introduced in 1997 for the model year.
Emphasized body edges are showcased in the present series, which is a mid-sized, 5-seat sedan that is constructed on the Epsilon chassis designed in Germany also used in the Opel Vectra and Saab 9-3.
Malibu's were designed with a front grille with the Malibu logo in silver in the center from 97 to 99. The blue Chevrolet emblem on the front grille was placed on the 2000 to 2003 models. In 2000, the 3.1 L V6 was updated with 170 hp while the 4-cylinder was dropped. The 4-cylinder was reintroduced in 2004, while the N-body Malibu/Chevrolet Classic continued in production until 05.
In 2008, the Malibu is scheduled to be redesigned and built on the long-wheelbase Epsilon platform before being released to the public.By Jessica Donaldson
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