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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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      PR
      • 2 Years Ago
      So what is the issue here? That car companies all sell off their old model year stock at the end of the model year as the new model year cars become available? Seems like business as usual in the automotive industry to me that isn't any different than gas cars. *shrug* Here is an actual development in GM's sales policies. GM has dropped the restrictions on military discounts for the Volt. https://www.gmmilitarydiscount.com/ip-vpp/do/vehicle-eligibility Patriotic Americans who have served in our military can now score a nicely discounted price on a car that really sticks it to the pocket book of the bad guys like Hugo Chavez and the Saudi's who flew the planes on 9/11. Osama bin Laden would have never been able to fund the 9/11 attack if it weren't for all the contracts that Bin Laden Construction were paid for through all the oil money the US funneled into Saudi Arabia.
        Marcopolo
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PR
        @PR, Sorry, PR but Rick has already applied for the position vacated by the late Dan F ! He's better qualified because although his posts are always wrong or plain daft, he's seldom vicious or mean-spirited. Saudi Arabia is an ally of the US. As far as I know crazy ol' Hugo Chavez, can't fly a plane, but certainly had nothing whatsoever to do with 9/11. By your absurd logic, the activities of the Baader-Meinhof Gang,( the Red Army Faction) would make West Germany an anti-American terrorist state, and the band of crazies who followed Fusako Shigenobu's Japanese Red Army (日本赤軍,) ) makes Japan a dangerous, anti-US nation. Stop preaching hatred and prejudice against Arabic people. (In fact, stop stirring up hatred against anyone ! )
          PR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          And the rest were Saudi private citizens, led by a Saudi Arabian named Osama bin Laden, and funded by money he got from a Saudi private company named Bin Laden Construction. These three don't change that at all. Now, once and for all, let's get intellectually honest and stop insulting the dead and injured of 9/11 and their families. Were THESE Saudi's our enemies or not? Yes or no. Stop evading the question.
          PR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          The people you list are the exceptions that prove the rule. All the rest were Saudi's. Were all the rest of the 9/11 terrorists who absolutely were Saudi's our enemies or not? These are the people I named in my original post. Yes or no. Stop evading the question.
          PR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          Oh, and I will NEVER apologize for hating terrorists who murdered nearly 3,000 Americans on 9/11!!! Screw you even suggesting there is anything wrong with hating murdering terrorists.
          Marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          @ PR, As with all hatemongers, you can't even get your facts straight ! Not all the 9/11 terrorists were Saudi's. Marwan al-Shehhi (UAE), Fayez Banihammad (UAE) Mohamed Atta (Egyptian),Ziad Jarrah (Lebanese) played key roles in the terror attack. Simply, yelling (in capitals) doesn't lessen your attempt to implicate and entire nation and it's people as enemies. 'Oil' money doesn't fund terrorism, (most of it's reinvested in the west), nor is the rest of the Bin Laden family responsible for an errant members actions. Hatred funds terrorism. Intolerant prejudice fuels hatred. Hatred breeds hatred.
          Marcopolo
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          @PR Like all hatemongers attempting to justify themselves, you can't even get your facts right! Not all the 9/11 terrorists were Saudi's. Ziad Jarrah (Lebanese)Marwan al-Shehhi (UAE), Fayez Banihammad (UAE) Mohamed Atta (Egyptian) were among the key members of the terrorist attack. Attempting to cloak yourself with false patriotism, and yelling really loudly, doesn't mitigate your obvious attempt to implicate and entire nation, and it's people, in the actions of a few. Nor is the unfortunate Bin Laden family responsible for the action of one errant member. Neither the Saudi Binladin Group, or it's over 100,000 employees, fund or endorse terrorism. Nor does 'Oil' revenue fund terrorism, (most of it's invested back into the west ). Bigotry and intolerance funds terrorism. Hatred funds terrorism. Hatred fuels hatred.
          PR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Marcopolo
          Wow Marco, Your reading failures are just getting worse and worse!! The "Saudi's who flew the planes on 9/11" absolutely are our enemies!!! How could you even suggest otherwise? Osama bin Laden (a Saudi) and the organization he funded certainly are our enemies! To suggest otherwise would be an insult to the thousands who were murdered or injured on 9/11, and their families. Stop trying to re-write history to fit your political agenda of the moment. I didn't say anything at all about the Saudi Gov't. Everything I said referred to PRIVATE SAUDI CITIZENS!! So forget your crap about the Saudi Gov't, because I didn't say a damn thing about the Saudi Gov't. I also didn't say Hugo Chavez was involved with 9/11, I only stated that he's a bad guy we don't want our money going to support. What is wrong with that statement? It is as true as the sky is blue. WHY IS IT THAT MARCO POLO CAN'T READ UNLESS I USE ALL CAPS???? READ MY FVCKING POST!!! Were the "Saudi's who flew the planes on 9/11" and Osama bin Laden our enemies or not? Yes or no.
        SVX pearlie
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PR
        Yes business as usual. The only news is that GM missed the incentive amount needed to clear out the 2012s.
        Actionable Mango
        • 2 Years Ago
        @PR
        Well my gas comes from a refinery connected to a Canadian oil pipeline. So if I got a Volt, I'd mostly be sticking it to the pocketbook of those Canadians, eh?
          PR
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Actionable Mango
          Good for you, but the rest of the US has oil from many other sources. Not all of it comes from Canada. But why exactly are you so happy to join in on the single largest transfer of wealth ever in the history of the world, and send our wealth to Canada (along with all the other countries we've transferred our wealth to). Do you have absolutely zero concern about our massive trade deficit, and the damage it is doing to the American people?
      Scambuster
      • 2 Years Ago
      Typical Government Motors. Just putting a start-stop technology in a car, GM call it a hybrid. So old GM, nothing has changed. The old bankrupted GM installed Chevy engines with the Chevy name plate still bolded onto the maniford and Chevy suspension and body components into vehicles of its luxury division, Cadillac, and didn't bother to tell consumers. After a series of law suits, GM had to fess up. Lousy quality, minimal durability and dependability is the hallmark of GM. Its luxury division became another meaningless brand. Mercedes, BMW, and Lexus ate GM's lunch, until Cadillac dealerships folded left and right, thanks to the Good Ole' Boy Network at GM that reproduced the same management idiots like Wellborn, the father of the Pontiac Aztek..
        EZEE
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Scambuster
        When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy.’ They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. John Lennon
      Yespage
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Price trumps mileage." Well, when the mileage improvement is small and the price increase is huge, yeah. Don't think many thought the Malibu Eco would do well.
        centeredtype
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yespage
        3 mpg on either city or highway. id take the 6k savings instead. 3 being the mpg difference of 2012-2013
      2 Wheeled Menace
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hm.... maybe pricing is significantly different for 2013? because i'm seeing a $3,000 difference between the eco and base model on Chevrolet's site. This $6k gap either does not exist, or started just this year. Anyway the Malibu mild hybrid is a flop IMHO. You can get a Hyundai Sonata that gets about 1-2mpg less combined for a lower price than a base Malibu. And Chevy wonders why their car isn't selling.. ;)
        throwback
        • 2 Years Ago
        @2 Wheeled Menace
        You are looking at list prices. Model end closeouts always have money on the hood. My guess is Chevy has anywhere from 3-4K on the hood of the 2012s and dealers want to move the "old" metal.
      BipDBo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why would anyone pay $6,000 extra for the 2013 Eco when the reviews all seem to say that its mild hybrid system sucks? It's neither green nor eco.
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