• Apr 12, 2011
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General Motors has been releasing teaser images of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu for the past couple weeks, and now the Detroit-based automaker is talking about the global midsize sedan's production schedule.

The Detroit News reports, citing GM spokesman Dave Darovitz, that the Malibu will begin mass production in early 2012, four months ahead of the original plan. Darovitz adds that the request to speed up the Malibu's timeline came straight from the top, saying, "Mr. Akerson requested we study the program to see if we can move quicker and faster."

The 2013 Malibu will make its world debut next Monday at the Shanghai Motor Show; its Stateside debut will happen shortly thereafter at the New York Auto Show. The major refresh is a huge step for GM, as it will be The General's first global midsize sedan, and the automaker says it will be sold in over 100 countries. In the U.S., the Malibu will be built at GM's Fairfax, Kansas and Detroit-Hamtramck plants.



[Source: Detroit News]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Lets not rush things, GM. Take your time, breathe deeply, be thorough, and make this thing a winner.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hopefully they aren't "rushing" too much - as this is really a heavy refresh on a revised Epsilon platform than a true all-new car... but I like it that GM is actually trying to focus on new product rather than limping along with an old one and heavy incentives.

        It wasn't that long ago that GM's product cycles were measured in decades (see: LeSabre, Olds 88, etc.) , while ones from Honda and Toyota were 4- to 5-year ones.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Corvette cycles are still closer to decades than half-decades...

        But the 'vette still does OK even so.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can someone please explain the difference between the Impala and the Malibu to me? They both look like mid-sized sedans to me.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Impala is more of a full size. Stand next to one some time, then next to a Malibu. One could fit in the other's trunk.
        • 3 Years Ago
        One is ancient and a fleet darling, the other is Chevrolet's bread-and-butter retail sedan.
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks like they spent more money to make the dash look cheap. The centre stack does not need that many lights, and not in neon blue. Also how hard is it to hire some graphic designers for their firmware?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why would you tease those tail lights? I'm sure some people love them on the Camaro (folks with sunburns on their necks and an affinity for cousins are drawn to them like flies to a flame). But come on! On a Malibu? They look like they were designed in Minecraft. They look like a set of $6 LED fans some teens put in their custom computers. At the least, they look INFINITELY better than the 'Vette-inspired lights tattooed on the Cobalt's arse.

      But wait! What is that I detect? *sniff sniff* IT'S THE BANGLE BUTT! Now completing its trip all the way from the luxury segment to the Malibu. The photo does show off what seem to be some nice wide hips, though. I really hope the build quality will be good. Ford needs more domestic competition than it is currently receiving on the small- to mid-size sedan front (sorry, Chrysler 200, you are ugly and slow even though your commercial makes me think the city of Detroit will punch me for saying so).
      • 3 Years Ago
      yeah it shares the platform however the Regal isnt sold in as many countries as the Malibu will be.. if that makes any scense
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they can realistically do this without the typical hick-ups so common in older Detroit change-overs, then go for it.

      It would really show how far GM has come when they can redesign the Malibu TWICE in about the same time that Toyota has redesigned the Camry once. That's like total role reversal there from the 80s and 90s and a good way to keep their product fresh.
        • 3 Years Ago
        "It would really show how far GM has come when they can redesign the Malibu TWICE in about the same time that Toyota has redesigned the Camry once."

        That's because this car is also the new Epica globally - and that car has reached the end of its normal life cycle. The fact it'll also replace the Malibu in NA is out of convenience in order that GM worldwide can concentrate on one mainstream model in this market segment - apart from the Insignia which effectively competes against it in the European markets where the Epica is sold.
      • 3 Years Ago
      RE: "The General's first global midsize sedan"

      I thought I read that the new Malibu will be sharing the Buick Regal platform?

      Regardless, I am looking forward to the comlete reveal.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks good so far. I'm hoping for an AWD version with a turbo DI 4cyl and a 6 spd manumatic. SS anyone?
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they're going to move up production, they'd better have their ducks in a row, quality- and assembly-wise.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Listen, if you want to talk about uncompetitive mid-sized sedans, the eagle-beaked Toyota Camry is right there, people.

        Just saying.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Is this supposed to a complete clean sheet redesign...or a major refresh?

        If it's a complete redesign, I don't like the "rush it to market" edict from Akerson. This isn't a new (disposable) cell phone. It's a major part of your product line-up that you can't screw up.

        I still think that guy has less than a clue about the car industry.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Agreed. This is a sign of desperation but they have to do it because the current Malibu is such an uncompetitive car in it's class.

        GM quality has never been very good so lets hope they can release that Malibu without making it even worse.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They moved the full-sized pickups ahead last time so they have some experience here. Let's hope it goes as smoothly this time around.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FoolTard: Given that the Malibu is generally equal or better than your beloved Corolla, if the Malibu is "uncompetitive", what does that say about Toyota's product?
        • 3 Years Ago
        To FT:

        Dude.. that was one of the most blatant hater comments I've read in a long time:

        The current Malibu has won as many, if not more awards than any car in it's segment. The quality is top notch... and has been for a looooong time. It handles and performs as well as anything coming outta Japan, Europe or Korea. It certainly looks better than the current styling mishmash from Hyundai, much better than the sickly looking Camry, and way better than the mundane looking Accord.

        Quality??? Are U even talking about the current Malibu.. or any GM vehicle. Check the records son... every GM recall I've seen over the last 4 years, with exception to maybe 1 or 2... has been pretty minor, and limited to a very few cars actually having incident. Can't say that about Toyota, Honda, Nissan, Hyundai, or even Ford.


      • 3 Years Ago
      Good to see GM updating its cars fast.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Here is hoping that it looks good enough to be worth producing.... so far so good
      • 3 Years Ago
      Camaro Tail lights on a FWD Malibu...Hmmmmm
        • 3 Years Ago
        Lights look cool, but that center stack's shape looks a little tacked on. Will wait for more shots before making a judgement though.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Great GM! Hurry up though, the earth's crust is destabilizing.
        • 3 Years Ago
        nothing wrong with a stylish FWD appliance for the masses as long as GM realizes there is also a market for a RWD Muscle sedan.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Speaking of which, the current Impala makes a great deal on a gentley used car, but when is that 6 year old thing being replaced? 2013?
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm hoping this is a Chevy styling trend for the future and that they get away from the cheap looking circular lights. Leave that to the Vette
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