The Chevrolet Malibu will wear a Holden badge when it arrives in Australia next year, General Motors announced. Engineers have begun testing the Holden Malibu to provide it with unique suspension tuning and transmission calibrations for Australian drivers. Testing is taking place in Lang Lang, Victoria.

It's common for any global car to include regional tuning ranging from ride harshness to acceleration expectations.

Judging by the photos released, the right-hand drive Malibu looks nearly identical to the American Chevrolet version.

Hopefully, Australians will have to adjust to the power button on the stereo being in the wrong place, something Americans had to deal with when the Holden Commodore arrived on U.S. shores as the Pontiac G8.

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Holden Malibu One Step Closer

Holden is one step closer to launching the much anticipated new mid-sized sedan, Malibu with the arrival of a number of engineering vehicles in to Australia.

The early production Holden Malibus are in town to continue months of rigorous local and global development and validation work ahead of the vehicle's 2013 launch.

Holden engineers are responsible for determining a unique vehicle dynamics package including suspension tuning for local customers, and transmission calibrations for the local and global market.

The work is being carried out through extensive evaluation testing at Holden's proving ground in Lang Lang and numerous verification drives on Victorian public roads.

Holden Director of Integration and Safety, Ian Butler said it was great for Holden engineers to get their hands on these vehicles so they could continue to tailor the vehicle to Australian customers' tastes.

"Our engineers have paid close attention to the vehicle's driving dynamics, ride and handling, suspension and comfort so Malibu will be sure to meet the discerning needs of drivers in this competitive segment," Mr Butler said.

"This is a fantastic global car but of course we want to make sure that it goes on sale with plenty of Holden input to ensure it suits Australia's unique and varied road conditions."


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      mikelee
      • 2 Years Ago
      Better looking grille than the one on the Malibu(!)
      • 2 Years Ago
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        design eye
        • 2 Years Ago
        Vote Republican, it's easier than thinking!
        Dr. Claw
        • 2 Years Ago
        Maybe you should take your namesake to your ear canal and see if you hit anything, before typing such nonsense.
      Kahz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm still laughing at a Holden TV ad I saw in Australia, telling them that the Cruze was an 'Australian car'..
        Kwijiboz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kahz
        you are easily amused. The Australian market Cruze is no less Australian than this Buick (or indeed your Chevy Cruze) is American. They're all engineered in Korea but built in their respective countries of sale using mostly (I.E. over 60%) local suppliers/content.
          Kahz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Kwijiboz
          The point is, that the Australian public is being mislead and getting fooled by your Holden.
          Kwijiboz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Kwijiboz
          @kahz So are you saying that nowhere in the USA there's any marketing material claiming the Cruze is an American car because it's built there?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kahz
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        Reece Lightning
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kahz
        Um we build our own version of the cruze, i imagine if its built here we can say its australian... http://www.goauto.com.au/mellor/mellor.nsf/story2/BA764AE773A7430ECA257844007D4BCC
      Soyntgo4it
      • 2 Years Ago
      Look just as ugly as the USA one..
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Daniel D
        • 2 Years Ago
        Exclusively US brands are seen by Australians as being barges that don't handle, have poor build quality and fall apart under Australian conditions. A reputation built up over several decades from cars that did all those things. Now while that may well not be true for the latest stuff, you have to give the market time to adjust and I mean decades to. Several recent effort by GM to introduce the Buick brand to Australia, have been canned because Aussie just won't warm to the idea and it was painfully obvious it would fail. Branding Holden might be mostly marketing, but Australian engineers do retune the cars suspension and engine management systems and also change some materials to better withstand Australian conditions. That makes a lot of Holden buyers happy to then consider them. They would walk right past the same car with a Chev badge.
        • 2 Years Ago
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        Kwijiboz
        • 2 Years Ago
        This will actually be the only rebadged Chevrolet on our market.....which is a rebadged Daewoo (I.E. Korean-engineered world-car) anyway?
        Kahz
        • 2 Years Ago
        It's more than rebadged Chevrolets. It's also rebadged Daewoos, Chevies, Opels, Vauxhaull, and more.
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      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      The car looks fine. Geez, all the haters are out. Its a mid-sized family sedan... its not really "supposed" to look sexy, and quite honestly the USDM shows that most people actually want a conservatively-styled car. It will be interesting to see how the Aussies accept it. Still though, looking at this different grill, I really do wish GM would give Buick and Opel the same grill. Its a teeny, tiny change, but the Opel grill (which this Holden mimics) does look a little more modern, as opposed to Buick's waterfall grill. For a division that is trying to connect with a younger crowd, Buick would be smart to find a way to transition to this grill design on future models.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
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      Glynn Hadskey
      • 2 Years Ago
      Will it be built in the US or Koera?
      JonathanBond
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yea. Foreign cars are always better. America always get the crap. First it was the Chevy Volt. Now its the Malibu. WHY CANT AMERICA HAVE NICE CARS!?!?!?!?
      tony
      • 2 Years Ago
      I rented a brand new Malibu from Hertz a week ago. The headrest is curved, kind of like the top half of a banana. It forces your hear forward and down. Other than adjusting the headrest up and down there is no other adjustment so your constantly being poked in the head. I ended up exchanging the car after driving it for 8 miles. Its really hard to believe a car could be released for sale with such an obvious flaw. The same problem existed a year ago; I had another Malibu rental but this one I kept for a week.
        design eye
        • 2 Years Ago
        @tony
        New headrest regulations force the headrest into that position on all cars now to reduce injury. I can't imagine GM going beyond what is required, unless the suppliers are misbuilding them. Curious if you've not encountered the same problem on any other new cars you've driven.
      Autoblogist
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't do it, it's uglier than the last gen, mate!
      Jack Tripp
      • 2 Years Ago
      The new Malibu despite it being called midsize has even less rear seat space than the previous model. I rejected that because there was a shortage of headroom and legroom and the new Malibu I looked at is even worse. I don't understand why GM cannot create a passenger compartment that allows tall people to feel comfortable. I'd pass on this. Maybe the new Impala has enough space?
      to your email L
      • 2 Years Ago
      Still retains the ugly rear high mounted brake light in the middle of the trunk lid, looks terrible. GM move it the the bottom middle of the back window...........it would look ssssooooo much better!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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