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2015 Chevrolet Malibu news, pictures, specifications, and information

2015 CHEVROLET MALIBU ENHANCES CONNECTIVITY WITH ONSTAR 4G LTE

Chevrolet Malibu is a sedan designed for those seeking the complete vehicle package: smart engineering and design, along wîth all the amenities that make driving fun. For 2015, the latest wireless technologies help make Malibu a better-connected car for those on the go.

New OnStar wîth 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever the car is on and comes wîth a three-month/three-gigabyte data trial.

Also new for 2015 are four exterior colors: Iridescent Pearl Tricoat, Butte Red, Sable Metallic and Autumn Bronze Metallic.

Malibu is offered in LS, LT and LTZ models. LT models are available in 1LT, 2LT and 3LT trims, and LTZ is available in 1LZ and 2LZ trims.

Distinctive exterior and inviting interior
Malibu carries over the updated styling introduced on the 2014 models, featuring a wide, dual-port grille wîth chrome surrounds and headlamps that sweep into the front fenders. Exterior colors include Iridescent Pearl Tricoat, Butte Red, Sable Metallic (late availability), Autumn Bronze Metallic (late availability), Atlantis Blue Metallic, Ashen Gray, Summit White, Silver Ice, Champagne Silver and Black Granite.

Vital Stats
Engine : 2.5 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 196 hp
Torque: 186 ft-lbs

Engine : 2.0 L., 4-cylinder
Power: 259 hp
Torque: 295 ft-lbs

6-speed Automatic, 6-speed Automatic
Inside, Malibu's cabin was designed to bring an element of sophistication to everyday driving. It features a dual-cockpit design that creates an inviting, roomy and comfortable environment, and includes a convenient and comfortable center console, wîth dedicated storage for two cell phones and a pair of cup holders.


The interior features chrome-metallic (LS models) or Agathis wood (LT/LTZ) 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. There's also ice blue lighting on the center stack dials, exposed ice blue French contrast stitching, soft-touch and textured surfaces.

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 available seven-inch-diagonal touch-screen radio. Malibu also offers a full range of the latest infotainment options, including Chevrolet MyLink color touch wîth available navigation. (posted on conceptcarz.com)

Additional interior features include:
◾Air conditioning wîth humidity sensor on LS and 1LT
◾Dual-zone automatic climate control on 2LT, 3LT and LTZ models
◾SiriusXM Satellite Radio wîth three-month trial is standard on LT and LTZ
◾Audio system wîth ÚSB port in the center console is standard on LT and LTZ
◾Pioneer nine-speaker sound system is available on 2LT, 3LT and LTZ
◾Driver information center wîth color display is standard on all models
◾Keyless access and push-button start are available on LTZ
◾Leather-appointed seating wîth available heated front seats
◾Two auxiliary power outlets are standard on all models
◾120-volt power outlet on the rear of the center console is available on 2LT, 3LT and LTZ
◾Rear-vision camera system is available on LT and LTZ
◾Remote starter is available on 1LT and standard on 2LT, 3LT and LTZ
◾Leather-wrapped §teering wheel (with audio and cruise controls) and shift knob on 2LT, 3LT and LTZ
◾Leather-trimmed, heated front seats are available on 2LT and 3LT and standard on LTZ
◾Spacious trunk wîth 16.3 cubic feet (462 L) of cargo room.

MyLink and OnStar wîth 4G LTE details
Malibu's next-generation MyLink gives customers the best of both worlds when it comes to infotainment. It provides easy, intuitive operation of basic functions, yet it is also highly customizable and capable of linking up to 10 devices such as smartphones, SD cards and MP3 players, giving users more ways of staying connected. It is standard on LT and LTZ models.

Enhanced connectivity and convenience include a new Text Messaging Alerts feature for smartphone users wîth Bluetooth profile (M.A.P.), which reads incoming texts through the vehicle's speakers, and Siri Eyes Free for iPhone iOS 6 and iOS 7 users to enhance connectivity and convenience. Each enables voice-controlled connectivity, to help keep phones safely stored and hands on the wheel.

Additional standard and available features include:
◾Eight-inch-diagonal color touch screen and multiple ÚSB ports
◾Enhancements including gesture recognition and natural language voice recognition
◾Available navigation. (posted on conceptcarz.com)

Complementing MyLink to enhance Malibu's connectivity is new OnStar wîth 4G LTE and standard built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. It provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever the vehicle is on and comes wîth a three-month/three gigabyte data trial.

4G LTE is the most current and fastest mobile data network – 10 times faster than 3G and 100 times faster than the previous generation of OnStar hardware. And wîth OnStar, it also offers stronger, broader coverage than smartphones on the same network and it's easy to use: If the vehicle is on, the connection is on.

At the time of purchase, six months OnStar Directions and Connections includes all of OnStar's advisor-based safety and security features, including Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Assistance, as well as turn-by-turn navigation. (posted on conceptcarz.com)

Five years of OnStar Basic Plan includes RemoteLink Key Fob Services, allowing owners to remotely start and lock/unlock a car (if properly equipped), and activate the horn and lights from anywhere wîth a data connection. It also includes OnStar Vehicle Diagnostics, which runs monthly checks of a vehicle's engine, transmission, anti-lock brakes and more, and Dealer Maintenance Notification, which sends a diagnostic report directly to a preferred dealer to simplify service scheduling.

Stop/start technology enhances efficiency
Malibu has two powerful and efficient powertrain offerings: the standard 2.5L iVLC (intake valve lift control) wîth stop/start technology and a 2.0L turbo. The stop/start feature on the 2.5L shuts down the engine in certain driving conditions to reduce fuel consumption. Along wîth other technologies, including direct injection, variable valve lift control and a six-speed automatic transmission, the 2.5L powertrain contributes to EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings of 25 mpg in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway.

There are no buttons to push or procedures to learn wîth Malibu's stop/start system. It automatically shuts down the engine when the car comes to a stop under certain driving conditions, such as a stoplight. The engine automatically restarts when the driver takes his or her foot off the brake. The system monitors vehicle speed, climate control system operation and other factors to determine whether it is efficient to shut off the engine.

Únique components used wîth stop/start include:
◾A tandem-solenoid starter that enables the engine to restart more quickly and more smoothly – even if the engine hasn't come to a complete stop
◾An electrically driven transmission auxiliary hydraulic pressure pump that keeps the fluid in the six-speed automatic circulating and primed for immediate take-off when the driver removes his or her foot from the brake pedal
◾Larger, 12-volt absorbent glass mat (AGM) primary battery – which delivers up to four times the typical life cycle of a conventional battery – and a small, auxiliary 12-volt AGM battery
◾Dual-battery isolation module that ensures both batteries are properly charged and the primary battery always has a sufficient charge to start the vehicle
◾Torque-reaction engine mounts that dampen the vibrations associated wîth a restart, helping deliver smooth, nearly imperceptible performance.

The 2.5L is SAE-certified at 196 horsepower (146 kW) and 186 lb-ft of torque (252 Nm). Revised transmission shift points and quicker shifts also enhance the feeling of performance – while delivering greater refinement.

The Malibu's available 2.0L turbo engine delivers nearly 14 percent more torque than its predecessor– SAE-certified 295 lb-ft (400 Nm). Revised engine calibration accounts for the improvement, making the Malibu 2.0L turbo's torque the best in the §egmènt, even among six-cylinder competitors. The result is a stronger feeling of acceleration from a stop and a greater feeling of power on demand in almost all driving conditions. The 2.0L turbo also produces an SAE-certified 259 horsepower (193 kW).

Chassis and suspension
Inspired by the Impala, the Malibu's chassis and suspension also contribute to a dynamic driving experience, wîth features such as springs that are internal to the struts (2.5L-equipped models). They enable more refined calibration of the dampers for a smoother overall ride, while also improving body roll control and weight transfer during acceleration or turning. That helps keep the wheels planted, contributing to a more precise, controlled feel – especially while cornering.

Fuel-saving electric power rack-and-pinion variable-effort power §teering is standard and enables effortless low-speed maneuvers and a higher degree of §teering feel at higher speeds, wîth high-effort calibrations that improve the overall §teering feel.

Additional 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.

Designed for safety
Malibu offers a wide range of standard and available safety features in the §egmènt. Available side blind zone alert and rear cross traffic alert complement the available forward collision alert and lane departure warning to enhance Malibu's crash-avoidance capability. These advanced, active technologies use radar to help avoid crashes, wîth visual and audible alerts designed to identify potential threats wîth sufficient warning to give the driver time to react and make changes. They're part of the §egmènt's only suite of advanced safety technologies offered on a midlevel trim.

Additional contributors to Malibu's safety and peace of mind include 10 standard air bags – and two optional air bags – and available rear vision camera. The standard and available air bags include:
◾Dual-stage driver and front passenger air bags (two)
◾Pelvic/thorax side-impact air bags for all outboard occupants, front and rear (four)
◾Driver and passenger knee air bags (two)
◾Roof rail air bags wîth rollover protection (two)
◾Available second-row head/thorax side-impact air bags (two).

Malibu also employs systems that enable greater vehicle control, including standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control system, all-speed traction control and four-wheel disc brakes wîth four-channel ABS.

OnStar is standard. It uses GPS and cellular phone technology to automatically call for help in the event of crash. OnStar service also includes MyLink mobile apps, which offer vehicle information and OnStar services via the customer's smartphone.

About Chevrolet
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of the world's largest car brands, doing business in more than 140 countries and selling more than 4.5 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides customers wîth fuel-efficient vehicles that feature spirited performance, expressive design, and high quality. More information on Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com.

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Named for Malibu, California, the Malibu name has had a distinct history that began in 1963 and continued for nearly 20 years. Following a thirteen-year break, the Chevy Malibu name once again appeared in 1996, and again in 2003 as the latest generation was presented.

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

Chevrolet Marks 50Th Anniversary Of First Malibu

DETROIT – In 1964, a gallon of gas cost 30 cents and a movie ticket cost $1.25. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed the year at 874 and The Beatles made their historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan show. It was also the year Chevrolet introduced the Malibu.

What a difference half a century makes.

The 2014 Malibu is a technologically advanced midsize sedan delivering efficiency, comfort and connectivity unimagined in 1964. Compared wîth the 2013 model, a new, standard 2.5L engine wîth stop/start technology contributes to 14 percent greater fuel economy in the city (25 mpg) and 6 percent improved mileage on the highway (36 mpg).

Stylish for its day, Malibu made its mid-1960s debut as Chevrolet's first 'intermediate' car – and one of the first midsize cars in America. Before then, Chevrolet's passenger car lineup consisted of a range of full-size models, headlined by Impala, along wîth the compact Chevy II (Nova), Corvair and Corvette.

Named for the Los Angeles-area enclave that was center of the beach culture in the 1960s, the Malibu was the top trim line for the intermediate platform, which also included the Chevelle as an entry-level model, and the El Camino truck. It was lauded for its robust, body-on-frame construction and responsive coil-spring front suspension.

The 2014 Malibu is the eighth generation of the nameplate and its standard 2.5L four-cylinder engine delivers 65 percent more horsepower than the original Malibu's standard 3.2L six-cylinder. The technological progress extends to safety, comfort and connectivity features. What has not changed is Malibu's mission as a midsize car wîth styling that stands the test of time.

Generation 1 – 1964-1967Although originally launched as premium sedan for families, the first Malibu was quickly caught up in the muscle car wars of the 1960s and soon after its introduction, the sporty Malibu SS was born. The Chevelle SS took the lead for Chevrolet's muscle cars in 1966 and the Malibu continued as the premium model, tailored for the growing number of suburban customers who sought roominess yet efficiency for their long commutes everyday.

Generation 2 – 1968-1972

Based on the original intermediate platform, the 1968-72 models' dimensions shifted wîth a slightly shorter 112-inch wheelbase for coupes and convertibles and a longer, 116-inch wheelbase for sedans and wagons. Like the 1964-67 models, each model year in the second generation had distinctive year-over-year styling differences.

Generation 3 – 1973-1977

The 1973 introduction of the third-generation Malibu brought a new frame that retained the previous 112-/116-inch wheelbases, but to accommodate new federal crash standards, the bodies grew about five inches in length and one inch in width. A European-inspired Laguna model briefly dethroned the Malibu from its perch atop the midsize hierarchy.

Generation 4 – 1978-1983

Chevrolet discontinued the Chevelle line after 1977 and the next generation of downsized midsize cars would stick strictly wîth the Malibu name from 1978 onward. They were a foot shorter and more than 500 pounds lighter, offering V-6 and V-8 engines. There was even a dedicated police car package.

Generation 5 – 1997-2003

After a five-year run wîth the fourth generation, the sun set on Malibu from 1984 until 1997, when it was reborn as an all-new, front-wheel-drive sedan, offering four- and six-cylinder engines. It was named Motor Trend Car of the Year for 1997.

Generation 6 – 2004-2007


Malibu moved to GM's award-winning global architecture for 2004, offering greater technology, efficiency and performance – including the return of the Malibu SS, which featured a 240-horsepower 3.9L V-6. The Malibu range also included the Malibu Maxx five-door extended sedan, which offered greater cargo room and innovations such as the ability of the rear seat to slide seven inches fore and after and reclining rear seat.

Generation 7 – 2008-2012

Riding on an enhanced, longer version of the architecture introduced on the 2004 Malibu, the seventh-generation models introduced greater levels of refinement, performance and efficiency – along wîth enhanced safety features, including standard head curtain side air bags. It was voted the 2008 North American Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Generation 8 – 2013-2014

Redesigned for 2013, Chevrolet further enhanced Malibu for 2014 wîth greater efficiency, new connectivity features, comfort enhancements and a new front-end appearance. It offers the §egmènt's first engine wîth standard stop/start technology and an available 2.0L turbo engine wîth 259 horsepower that continues a performance legacy established 50 years ago.

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