• Dec 9, 2009
2011 Chevrolet Volt – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's long been presumed that the Chevrolet Volt (and its Opel/Vauxhall Ampera twin) would not be the only car rolling out of General Motors' Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant after late 2010. After all, Volt volumes are unlikely to be sufficient in the first several years to justify an entire plant. However, when a future product plant was leaked out after the 2007 UAW contract was signed, it was assumed the new Chevy Orlando would join the Volt. After all, the Orlando shares the Delta platform with the Volt and Cruze.

Following the announcement Monday of the investment in the Detroit factory to build the Volt, The Detroit News believes it has learned that the next-generation Malibu will also be built in Detroit. The new Malibu is slated to debut in 2011 as a 2012 model. Current Malibu assembly takes place in Fairfax, Kansas. The General's Orion, Michigan plant had also been building the mid-sized sedan, but it is now being re-tooled build the next generation Aveo. With Fairfax now also building the Buick LaCrosse, a second plant may be needed to meet demand if the new model is successful.



[Source: The Detroit News]
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      • 5 Years Ago
      Maybe they should produce a Voltec Malibu, I mean, they want to spread the love, right?
      • 5 Years Ago
      a new malibu coming in 2011 already? that's fast! when is the new impala coming? a refresh for that one is really necessary.

      anyone knows when the cadillac xts and ats are coming?
      • 5 Years Ago
      They should launch a Malibu Hybrid to compete with the Fusion and Camry Hybrid. Not a mild hybrid,but a full one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I don't doubt that one is coming. They had the two-mode hybrid system that was slated for that Saturn Vue. It was similar to the system used on the Tahoe but built for a transverse application. If they can drop it down to a 4cyl instead of the 3.6L that the Vue used, I think it would be very competitive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'm sure GM will manage to fumble it and come up with a hybrid system that they play out to be 10x better but actually sucks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      is it worth giving the aveo a plant all to itself?
        matthew
        • 5 Years Ago
        Gotta love those Mexican made American icons!
        • 5 Years Ago
        It already has one in Mexico. :
      • 5 Years Ago
      I think the big news here is that GM has switched the Malibu a 4-year life cycle (2008-11). Even the last one ran only 4 seasons (2004-07).

      Not even Toyota, Honda, or Nissan do 4-season cycles for their midsizes anymore. And by 2012, even the Fusion will be in its 7th season with just a facelift.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's way more than a facelift.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry Chris,

        Ford may be on a roll, but let's not overlook the facts.

        The updates the Fusion received for 2010 were the ESSENCE of a "facelift".

        No steel exterior body panels changed except the hood and decklid. And even the decklid probably uses the same press as the 2006-09 model. Only the front and rear fascias and lights were restyled.

        The Hybrid was introduced, along with an updated engine lineup. Both of which were big news. And the interior got a facelift, with an instrument panel that looks like it uses all the same parts under the skin as the old one. But I bet you it'll clip right in to a 2006-09. The updates have been quite effective, and the press has been excellent...especially on the Hybrid model.

        But face it (no pun intended): the 2010 Fusion is simply a facelift of the 2006-09 version. Nothing changed structurally, and very little changed externally.

        Giving credit where it's due, though, Ford did yeoman's work on these updates. Masterfully done.
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