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

The Chinese auto market is the biggest in the world, and thanks the country's population of 1.6 billion people, nobody knows just how big this market will end up being. General Motors has been a major force in the success of this emerging market, with 2.35 million sales in 2010, and the automaker may just be getting started.

The Detroit Free Press reports that GM China President Kevin Wale is looking for sales of five million vehicles per year by 2015, or more than double the 2010 totals. That's a massive sum that would likely require billions of dollars in added production, but based on sales over the last decade, it wouldn't be at all surprising if the demand continued to climb for another ten years or more.

Chinese car buyers will get a glimpse of the next generation of new vehicles at the Shanghai Motor Show this week. As in recent years, the show will be home to many global vehicle introductions that in the past would have seen their debuts occur at Europe or U.S. shows.




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      Car Guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know. Eventually those people won't be able to afford the high gas prices either.
      richuyinxiang
      • 3 Years Ago
      but GM is not the #1, VW is
      schinbone
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks pretty good outside, but not feeling the interior. Although the outside kinda looks like a mashup of a Volvo and an Audi. A Vulva.....Um Volva.
      David A King
      • 3 Years Ago
      Two things about the new Malibu 1. The painted line on the grille should be smaller, if not gone completely. 2. The line of the rear doors next to the trunk is awful....looks like a 10 year old Buick Century. Surely they could make that line more aggressive, especially with the rear lights mimicking the Camaro's (supposedly). I like the design of the current model better than this. It looks more sophisticated, and almost more aggressive than this new model. Not a step forward, but backward.
      dukeisduke
      • 3 Years Ago
      Five million units, from just one GM division? Wow. That number makes me think of the magazine headline (new cars for 1974, and I think it was Motor Trend) from the fall of 1973, "Why GM will sell five million cars in 1974". Of course the first Arab oil embargo arrived in 1974, doubling gas prices, and sending the economy into recession, so the five million cars thing didn't materialize.
        hmmwv
        • 3 Years Ago
        @dukeisduke
        A lot of the sale will come from the SAIC-GM-Wuling division, which is concentrated on micro vans, that brand alone sell more than a million vehicles annually.
          lne937s
          • 3 Years Ago
          @hmmwv
          It is the SAIC-GM partnership, not a division. GM is a minority shareholder in the partnership. SAIC also has partnerships with other carmakers, like Volkswagen.
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Car Guy
        • 3 Years Ago
        Well............look at it this way. At least people won't know how many tens of thousands of down votes you had............
        murciered
        • 3 Years Ago
        I've been seeing you get down-voted for like a year and a half straight because of your mostly dumb comments... Because of the new commenting system, I can now tell you that. No hard feelings.. some of the stuff you say isn't that bad.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @murciered
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        axiomatik
        • 3 Years Ago
        I too am unimpressed by the new commenting system. Though the old system was crummy too. I just hope we don't get deluged with spammers. Also, China's Population is more like 1.3 billion, not 1.6.
        avinash Machado
        • 3 Years Ago
        I too wish the old commenting system remained.
        dukeisduke
        • 3 Years Ago
        I would agree with you except that I absolutely hated the old system. About 90% of the time it took me two or tries to get a comment to post, and sometimes they absolutely wouldn't, or, I'd wind up double posting. Using Ctrl+C to save my comment became instinctive, and I rarely ever saw one of those idiotic "You did it!" confirmation emails.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @dukeisduke
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      avinash Machado
      • 3 Years Ago
      Malibu looks nice.
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      Pete K
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the kind of thinking that will absolutely keep gas prices high in the US. As China grows...resources globally will shrink...
        hmmwv
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Pete K
        Gas price in the USA is not exactly high compare to the rest of the developed world.
        Younikwoo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Pete K
        rule #1: blame China rule #2: see rule #1
      TheThird Ababon III
      • 3 Years Ago
      the only thing i love about this new Malibu is the REAR,..
      john m
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks great front and back. I like the interior too. No redline on the tach.... REALLY??? WTF??? I'd still buy the car though if it comes with AWD.
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