Chevrolet Malibu: 50 Years
  • Chevrolet Malibu: 50 Years
  • Generation 1 – 1964-1967 (1964 MY pictured)

    Although originally launched as premium sedan for families, the first Malibu was quickly caught up in the muscle car wars of the 1960s and soon after its introduction, the sporty Malibu SS was born. The Chevelle SS took the lead for Chevrolet’s muscle cars in 1966 and the Malibu continued as the premium model, tailored for the growing number of suburban customers who sought roominess yet efficiency for their long commutes everyday.

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  • Chevrolet Malibu: 50 Years
  • Generation 1 – 1964-1967 (1964 MY pictured)

    Although originally launched as premium sedan for families, the first Malibu was quickly caught up in the muscle car wars of the 1960s and soon after its introduction, the sporty Malibu SS was born. The Chevelle SS took the lead for Chevrolet’s muscle cars in 1966 and the Malibu continued as the premium model, tailored for the growing number of suburban customers who sought roominess yet efficiency for their long commutes everyday.

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  • Chevrolet Malibu: 50 Years
  • Generation 1 – 1964-1967 (1964 MY pictured)

    Although originally launched as premium sedan for families, the first Malibu was quickly caught up in the muscle car wars of the 1960s and soon after its introduction, the sporty Malibu SS was born. The Chevelle SS took the lead for Chevrolet’s muscle cars in 1966 and the Malibu continued as the premium model, tailored for the growing number of suburban customers who sought roominess yet efficiency for their long commutes everyday.

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  • Chevrolet Malibu: 50 Years
  • Generation 1 – 1964-1967 (1964 MY pictured)

    Although originally launched as premium sedan for families, the first Malibu was quickly caught up in the muscle car wars of the 1960s and soon after its introduction, the sporty Malibu SS was born. The Chevelle SS took the lead for Chevrolet’s muscle cars in 1966 and the Malibu continued as the premium model, tailored for the growing number of suburban customers who sought roominess yet efficiency for their long commutes everyday.

  • Image Credit: Chevrolet
  • Chevrolet Malibu: 50 Years
  • Generation 1 – 1964-1967 (1964 MY pictured)

    Although originally launched as premium sedan for families, the first Malibu was quickly caught up in the muscle car wars of the 1960s and soon after its introduction, the sporty Malibu SS was born. The Chevelle SS took the lead for Chevrolet’s muscle cars in 1966 and the Malibu continued as the premium model, tailored for the growing number of suburban customers who sought roominess yet efficiency for their long commutes everyday.

  • Image Credit: Chevrolet
  • Chevrolet Malibu: 50 Years
  • Generation 1 – 1964-1967 (1964 MY pictured)

    Although originally launched as premium sedan for families, the first Malibu was quickly caught up in the muscle car wars of the 1960s and soon after its introduction, the sporty Malibu SS was born. The Chevelle SS took the lead for Chevrolet’s muscle cars in 1966 and the Malibu continued as the premium model, tailored for the growing number of suburban customers who sought roominess yet efficiency for their long commutes everyday.

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  • Chevrolet Malibu: 50 Years
  • Generation 2 – 1968-1972 (1968 MY pictured)

    Based on the original intermediate platform, the 1968-72 models’ dimensions shifted with a slightly shorter 112-inch wheelbase for coupes and convertibles and a longer, 116-inch wheelbase for sedans and wagons. Like the 1964-67 models, each model year in the second generation had distinctive year-over-year styling differences.

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  • Chevrolet Malibu: 50 Years
  • Generation 3 – 1973-1977 (1973 MY pictured)

    The 1973 introduction of the third-generation Malibu brought a new frame that retained the previous 112-/116-inch wheelbases, but to accommodate new federal crash standards, the bodies grew about five inches in length and one inch in width.  A European-inspired Laguna model briefly dethroned the Malibu from its perch atop the midsize hierarchy.

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  • Chevrolet Malibu: 50 Years
  • Generation 4 – 1978-1983 (1983 MY pictured)

    Chevrolet discontinued the Chevelle line after 1977 and the next generation of downsized midsize cars would stick strictly with the Malibu name from 1978 onward. They were a foot shorter and more than 500 pounds lighter, offering V-6 and V-8 engines. There was even a dedicated police car package.

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  • Chevrolet Malibu: 50 Years
  • Generation 5 – 1997-2003 (2000 MY pictured)

    After a five-year run with the fourth generation, the sun set on Malibu from 1984 until 1997, when it was reborn as an all-new, front-wheel-drive sedan, offering four- and six-cylinder engines. It was named Motor Trend Car of the Year for 1997.

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  • Chevrolet Malibu: 50 Years
  • Generation 6 – 2004-2007 (2004 MY pictured)

    Malibu moved to GM’s award-winning global architecture for 2004, offering greater technology, efficiency and performance – including the return of the Malibu SS, which featured a 240-horsepower 3.9L V-6. The Malibu range also included the Malibu Maxx five-door extended sedan, which offered greater cargo room and innovations such as the ability of the rear seat to slide seven inches fore and after and reclining rear seat.

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  • Chevrolet Malibu: 50 Years
  • Generation 6 – 2004-2007 (2004 Malibu Maxx pictured)

    Malibu moved to GM’s award-winning global architecture for 2004, offering greater technology, efficiency and performance – including the return of the Malibu SS, which featured a 240-horsepower 3.9L V-6. The Malibu range also included the Malibu Maxx five-door extended sedan, which offered greater cargo room and innovations such as the ability of the rear seat to slide seven inches fore and after and reclining rear seat.

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  • Chevrolet Malibu: 50 Years
  • Generation 7 – 2008-2012 (2008 MY pictured)

    Riding on an enhanced, longer version of the architecture introduced on the 2004 Malibu, the seventh-generation models introduced greater levels of refinement, performance and efficiency – along with enhanced safety features, including standard head curtain side air bags. It was voted the 2008 North American Car of the Year at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

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  • Chevrolet Malibu: 50 Years
  • Generation 8 – 2013-2014 (2013 MY pictured)

    Redesigned for 2013, Chevrolet further enhanced Malibu for 2014 with greater efficiency, new connectivity features, comfort enhancements and a new front-end appearance. It offers the segment’s first engine with standard stop/start technology and an available 2.0L turbo engine with 259 horsepower that continues a performance legacy established 50 years ago.

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  • Chevrolet Malibu: 50 Years
  • Generation 8 – 2013-2014 (2014 MY pictured)

    Redesigned for 2013, Chevrolet further enhanced Malibu for 2014 with greater efficiency, new connectivity features, comfort enhancements and a new front-end appearance. It offers the segment’s first engine with standard stop/start technology and an available 2.0L turbo engine with 259 horsepower that continues a performance legacy established 50 years ago.

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