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2013 Chevrolet Malibu teaser – Click above for high-res image

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu will officially be revealed at the Shanghai Motor Show on April 19, and General Motors has released this official teaser shot of its new 'Bu, showing off its new Camaro-inspired LED taillamps. GM will also be bringing the Malibu to the New York Auto Show, which officially starts on April 20, where we'll get our first glimpse of the new Chevrolet family sedan in the flesh.

We've seen quite a few spy shots of the new Malibu, and we know that it will ride on GM's smaller Epsilon II platform that currently underpins the Buick Regal. Still, GM tells us that the new Malibu will be wider than the model it replaces, and we can expect a more rakish exterior design. The Malibu will be sold in nearly 100 countries on six different continents, and thus, a global design that would appeal to all markets is necessary in order for it to be a success.

Expect the Malibu to only be available with four-cylinder engines, including GM's naturally aspirated 2.4-liter Ecotec four and its turbocharged 2.0-liter powerplant. Rumor has it that a hybrid version is also in the works, as is an all-wheel-drive model.

You can watch the official Chevrolet Malibu reveal on the automaker's Facebook page on Monday, April 18 at 8:30 PM EST – right when the sheets are pulled back in Shanghai. For the full details, hit the jump for GM's official press release, as well as a short video detailing some of the Malibu's overall design elements.

[Source: General Motors]

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Chevrolet's Next-Generation Malibu to be Sold in Nearly 100 Countries on Six Continents

DETROIT/SHANGHAI – The all-new Malibu will transcend time zones and embrace the diversity of cultures around the world when Chevrolet simultaneously unveils it live at the Shanghai Auto Show and on Chevrolet's Facebook page.

Chevrolet provided a sneak peak glimpse today of its Malibu show car. Chevrolet will unveil the new Malibu live starting at 8:30 p.m. EDT on April 18 at http://www.facebook.com/chevrolet. The Web reveal will also be streamed live on iPad and iPhone mobile devices. Consumers are encouraged to post questions during the reveal on Twitter using #MalibuReveal or on Chevrolet's Facebook page in the Malibu tab. Members of the Chevrolet team will be on hand to answer questions during a live moderated question and answer session following the web reveal.

The timing of the Web reveal coincides with the April 19 auto show debut of the new Malibu in Shanghai. The Malibu show car will also be shown at the New York International Auto Show, which is open to the public April 23 through May 1.

"This Malibu takes Chevrolet's established and award-winning nameplate to new places and introduces it to new audiences around the world," said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet. "Whether the Malibu is sold in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, or Australia, it has been engineered from the ground up to meet the needs of customers around the world."

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. The Malibu 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. The new Malibu is Chevrolet's first midsized 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.

"We look forward to offering the new Malibu to our customers across China," said Kevin Wale, president and managing director of the GM China Group. "The Malibu fully embodies Chevrolet's tradition of dynamic styling, superior handling and outstanding fuel efficiency. It will address growing domestic demand in the upper-medium segment, especially among younger car buyers."

The Malibu was Chevrolet's – and GM's – best-selling car in the United States in 2010, with sales of nearly 200,000 vehicles. It is among Chevrolet's most decorated vehicles in the United States, earning more than 40 industry awards since 2008. The Malibu was the only midsize car in the industry to win the Consumers Digest Automotive "Best Buy" award the last three years – 2011, 2010, 2009. The Malibu has also been named the "Top Safety Pick" by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety the last two years.

With the new Malibu, Chevrolet continues to position itself for worldwide growth. General Motors' largest brand is in the midst of introducing a global family of fuel-efficient cars including the Cruze, Volt, Sonic/Aveo, Spark and Malibu. These new cars compete in the four largest vehicle segments in the world, which accounted for 54 percent of all non-luxury sales in 2010. The global segment that Malibu will compete in represented 9 percent – more than 5.7 million vehicles – of global sales in 2010.

Last year, Chevrolet sold 4.26 million vehicles globally, or an average of one vehicle every 7.4 seconds. Eight of the top 10–selling markets for Chevrolet in 2010 were emerging markets – Brazil, China, Uzbekistan, Mexico, Russia, India, Argentina and Colombia. Emerging Markets are expected to account for more than 50 percent of Chevrolet global sales by 2012.

More than 600,000 Malibu cars have been sold globally since 2008, when it was named the North American Car of the Year. The 2013 Malibu represents the eighth generation of the nameplate, which was introduced in 1964.

About Chevrolet

Founded in Detroit in 1911, Chevrolet celebrates its centennial as a global automotive brand with annual sales of about 4.25 million vehicles in more than 140 countries. Chevrolet provides consumers with fuel-efficient, safe and reliable vehicles that deliver high quality, expressive design, spirited performance and value. The Chevrolet portfolio includes iconic performance cars such as Corvette and Camaro; dependable, long-lasting pickups and SUVs such as Silverado and Suburban; and award-winning passenger cars and crossovers such as Spark, Cruze, Malibu, Equinox and Traverse. Chevrolet also offers "gas-friendly to gas-free" solutions including Cruze Eco and Volt. Cruze Eco offers 42 mpg highway while Volt offers 35 miles of electric, gasoline-free driving and an additional 344 miles of extended range. Most new Chevrolet models offer OnStar safety, security and convenience technologies including OnStar Hands-Free Calling, Automatic Crash Response and Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. More information regarding Chevrolet models can be found at www.chevrolet.com

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      • 4 Years Ago
      If it's anything like the hologram... it's going to be a very good looking car, in an athletic way. I'm glad Chevy is going back into that direction, we need modern Chevelles and Novas!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I really like the current Malibu. I hope they don't change it too much. For instance, a smaller greenhouse--like on the Camaro--is not a good thing, in my humble opinion.
      • 4 Years Ago
      One word- Stance :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well we've already seen previews of what this car will look like in the form of those patent line drawings from a few months ago. And we've see some spyshots as well. So between those 2 sources and this video, I think this next-gen Malibu is going to definitely be a looker.

      They need something to go up against more stylized cars like the Sonata and they are restyling the Malibu just in time.

      If GM can get its groove back in the styling department, and with its refocused efforts on both quality, innovation and nice interiors, they should be able to compete head-on with anyone from any country.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, I am not a GM fan, but the Malibu hologram in the video is looking really good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You can view the video on the Chevrolet Facebook page.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Body lines seem similar to my Corolla. Not saying that's a bad thing.
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        I can't think of any way that looking like a Corolla could NOT be a bad thing - unless you mean it'll be a sales smash hit!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks much prettier than the outgoing version.
      • 4 Years Ago
      holy crow that is nice! I hope the engines and suspension aren't a let down.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Headlights look like they were stolen from the current gen Impala... gross.
      • 4 Years Ago
      GM is doing a nice job with the Malibu. Considering the early 2000 versions, this is a big step ahead. Now, it's time to do something with the Impala. This car should be Chevy's flagship. I remember lusting after the Impala SS during the 60's. That was always one of my favorite cars. I would love to see the Impala make a comeback with rear drive, a potent v8, sporty trend setting styling and great handling.

      The Caprice may be good for the police, but the Impala should be the better than that.
      • 4 Years Ago
      why post a vid here that can't be watched? I don't use Facebook.
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