• Jun 12, 2011
Holden Malibu – Click above for high-res image gallery

While GM's once-vast array of worldwide brands operated as separate units in the past, in today's global economy they've all got intertwining roles. Case in point: the new Chevy Malibu.

The new mid-sized sedan is being prepared for its global rollout, but before it is, GM needs to prepare it for the wide variety of different road surfaces encountered in overseas markets. So it's turned to its Australian subsidiary, Holden, to help fine-tune the chassis.

The work is being undertaken at Holden's Lang Land Proving Ground in Victoria, Australia, and along public roads in places like the coastal resort town of Phillip Island, where the car is pictured above.

Of course this won't be the first time Holden has been called upon to help with global products; its chassis have been exported on such products as the Pontiac G8 and GTO, Vauxhall VXR8 and Chevrolet Camaro. But lest you think it's all give and no take for the Australian marque, the Malibu will be sold Down Under as a Holden, as opposed to the Chevrolet bow-tie it will wear in North America and other markets. The press release is posted after the jump.
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Aussie Engineers Begin Work on All-New Malibu
2011-06-08

Holden's engineering team has been recruited to help fine-tune the stunning new mid-sized Malibu that will go on sale in Australia late next year.

Engineers from Holden's Powertrain Engineering team are currently calibrating the Malibu for GM's global markets, where it will play an important role in the Chevrolet portfolio.

The Malibu is being calibrated at Holden's Lang Lang Proving Ground in Victoria and is also being evaluated on public roads. It has been pictured at the coastal resort town of Phillip Island.

Holden's work forms part of GM's global workshare strategy, which uses the available resources and skills of the company's engineers from around the world to perform development work on future model cars. It will see the team continue to work on Malibu until the end of 2012.

About Holden Malibu
Holden will bring the Malibu nameplate to Australia for the first time in late 2012 with a line-up of fuel efficient and responsive four cylinder engines. Outside Australia, it will be sold under the Chevrolet name in nearly 100 countries around the world.


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        Craig Ewing
        • 3 Years Ago
        Oooh. "Government Motors" That's so clever. Unfortunately, it's also a dead giveaway that you're someone who drives a eighteen year-old Mazda 323 with a coffee-can exhaust, or similar pretend street racer. The Malibu is a main-stream sedan for a conservative middle-income buyer, and not for you with your so-obviously advanced understanding of auto design and engineering. Time to crawl back into your cave.
        Kent
        • 3 Years Ago
        I have a 2010 Malibu, and I think the next generation is the best-looking mid-size Chevy since the days when the Malibu could be optioned as the true-muscle car SS. If you notice, although slightly-more notched than the prior generation, the back glass and trunk lid have the fast-back styling that every Japanese sedan has, especially Nissan. Compare the car to the current-generation Impala, and tell that this car is really boring.. I bought my Malibu, even though in terms of size, I really needed an Impala, because the styling of the Malibu was so much better. If you think the Malibu is boring, what about the Toyota Camry?
        warren,
        • 3 Years Ago
        The name of the company is "General Motors". When you say things like "Government Motors", you are allowing politicians and the media to dictate how you speak, and how you express yourself as a person. It doesn't matter whether you're a socialist or a libertarian -- that's ALWAYS A BAD IDEA. If you want to talk about how the Malibu looks "boring", that's fine. Let's talk about details like the headlights, wing mirrors, the angles, or other technical or artistic details.... but if you want to be taken seriously, avoid junk language like "Government Motors". It pigeonholes you as someone who can't really think for themselves, and it makes whatever you've got to say really uninteresting to the rest of us.
      anonymous guy
      • 3 Years Ago
      The front-end is so bulky, it almost looks like a truck.
      budwsr25
      • 3 Years Ago
      It looks like a larger Cruze. GM doesn't know how to build cars with style. Bring back Pontiac at least they had some style to them.
        Nick Allain
        • 3 Years Ago
        @budwsr25
        The combination of double posting and missing Pontiac styling must mean your mullet is two times too long. As a former pontiac owner, I can honestly say I've never been keen on Pontiac styling.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Nick Allain
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          budwsr25
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Nick Allain
          I have owned several Pontiacs and several Chevrolets. I have always like the Pontiacs better. I have had 2 Sunbirds, and a 05 Grand am. Lumina z34 and Euro, Cavalier z24, Beretta z26.
          LUSTSTANG S-197
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Nick Allain
          I don't know. A 1998 - 2002 Trans Am WS6 with t-tops is one slick looking ride, particularly in bright red or black on black. The G8 and GTO weren't bad either. Now, if we are talking about a Sunbird, Sunfire, Aztec, or Grand Am, I would agree. Aside from being a little sportier, Pontiac and Chevrolet cars were very similar, virtually same in some instances.
      mikemaj82
      • 3 Years Ago
      can't wait to do a proper holden conversion to my G8
      jbm0866
      • 3 Years Ago
      I like the overall look of the new Malibu, but I'm not crazy about the Camaro tail lights...especially on a white car.
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      No wagon? No thanks.
      davidrinkc
      • 3 Years Ago
      What an unattractive car! The rear end is hideous. The present Malibu model is classy looking. GM designers are taking a big step backwards.
        Lemon
        • 3 Years Ago
        @davidrinkc
        I don't think the "left hand drive" will make it to production
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why the heck are some people calling this design bland? Its a very handsome looking family sedan. Its not quite as swoopy as the Sonata, but its definitely a very nice design. People were saying the same thing when they saw spyshots of a white Camaro... they were mentioning that the design was tamed-down, but we all know the reality is that it wasn't. I think the same might happen with this Malibu... white tends to hide details very well (which is why prototype cars are usually white).
        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Don't say anything positive about GM on this post, or you will get voted down. LOL That said, I agree that this really is not a bad looking sedan. It's nice to see that the rear was finally given some attention. That alone improves this car immensely.
      SpikedLemon
      • 3 Years Ago
      This could have been an opportunity to bring the Chevy name to Oz.
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        Red Dart Fever
        • 3 Years Ago
        the G8 had a 3.6 at 255 HP and a 6.0 at 361 HP. I don't think GM's V6 is going to be in the new Malibu till a few years down the line when the get the DI version in there, for now we are going to get a 2.5 four banger and a 2.0 turbo.
      doubletary
      • 3 Years Ago
      Was ok with the rear end at first, but this photo of the rear is horrible. Taillights are in their own dimension. Maybe white just isn't the color for this car. Downgrade from current model in my opinion.
      Quest
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks okay though the current gen's longer wheelbase gives it a more refined look - the 13 is essentially the same length but has a much shorter wheelbase. The car looks a bit off in profile, overhangs are too pronounced, and from the rear with the bulging rear lights. Elements of the Regal/Insignia can be seen in the trunk lid a side greenhouse though not as attractive. I don't know/doubt if it's going to be that great an entry in mid-size family class.
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