First, the good news: The Chevrolet Malibu is selling at a great pace.

Now, the bad news: It's the wrong Malibu.

Dealer lots are filling up with 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco models as customers turn to the remaining 2012 models still there. After incentives are added up, the older Malibu costs about $6,000 less, Automotive News reported.

Through June, General Motors has sold about 7,000 mild-hybrid 2013 Ecos, which get 25 miles per gallon in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, since it launched in March. During the same time frame, Chevrolet has sold 100,000 2012 Malibus, which get 22 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway.

Price trumps mileage, is anyone surprised?


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      brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      The 2012 is better looking, more spacious and less expensive. Not exactly a head-scratcher.
      Polly Prissy Pants
      • 2 Years Ago
      The new one isn't exactly winning awards and that price is crazy so this should not be a huge surprise.
      Dan Holling
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Price trumps mileage, is anyone surprised?" No, since they can probably do the math on ROI for only a 3-4 mpg increase.
      Radioactive Flea
      • 2 Years Ago
      I don't know exactly what it is but it doesn't work. It's like pieces of other designs all jumbled up. The dash is ok. The Fusion is defiantly better looking. I would rather wait for the Impala.
      Sir Duke
      • 2 Years Ago
      So AB are they still making the 2012 Malibu? ....oh my what will they do when they are all gone? They'll sell the damn 2013s that's what. Could someone please what the furor is all about? If I were in the market for a 'Bu today, I'd be happy to buy the 2012, especially since I can get one with a V6. The Marketing strategy was wrong, but the car will do fine. I still love the '08 Malibu.
      Krynn Halcyon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let's go best possible case for the new car. Assume an average mileage of 20,000 miles per year - the nation average is less than 14,000 according to the Federal Highway Administration. Assume you're doing nothing but city driving - also not realistic. Assume an average price of $5 per gallon - it's currently $3.51. It'll still take over 11 years to make up the difference in price! Does adding highway miles to the mix help the equation? No. Despite the greater difference in highway mileage numbers, it still comes out lower cost due to the fewer number of gallons used. What would it take to make it break even over the course of 6 years? An average of 30,000 miles of city driving per year, and gas at an average of $6.10 per gallon.
        Danrar
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Krynn Halcyon
        Exactly. Their crappy mild hybrid system SHOULD be sitting on lots.
      boardin85
      • 2 Years Ago
      This article is written as if GM would prefer that the new Malibu sell while the old one sits on the lot. Gotta get rid of the old ones because the new non-eAssist model is coming real soon!
      gtv4rudy
      • 2 Years Ago
      The present Malibu is a better looking car than the all new 2013. Not a surprise .
      paulwilson05
      • 2 Years Ago
      I have to say the outgoing Malibu looks like a premium car compared to the new one.
      carguy1701
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nope, not surprised.
      TrueDat
      • 2 Years Ago
      seems as if GM didn't plan too well, maintaining production of the 2012's for too long.
      lrx301
      • 2 Years Ago
      Anyway who can explain how the e-assist works? What is difference with "real" hybrid? As I know of it's only a belt driven ISG(integrated starter and generator) with bigger battery pack. What I don't get is why it can increase highway gas mileage(37) while the other hybrid cars all have better city gas mileage than highway's.
        Heavyfeet
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lrx301
        The eAssist cars have a taller final drive ratio that helps get better highway fuel economy. Usually a downside of a taller FDR is that the car tends to downshift on uphill grades and burn more gas. However, eAssist kicks in torque from the electric motor to help the gas engine on the hills so fuel economy is not sacrificed at all. This is where "electric" and "assist" make the name for the system. As for city fuel economy, unlike "real" hybrids the eAssist can not drive away from a stop and this is why the city economy is not as good. But eAssist cars do as much as possible in the city by cutting fuel flow to the engine every time the car is slowing down to conserve fuel and when the car is stopped the engine stops running to conserve fuel. It's a pretty simple and low cost way to hybridize a car with good bang for the buck if you ask me.
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