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AddDetroit 2008: Mazda CX-9 and Chevy Malibu win North American Car and Truck of the Year awards

Last fall, the Chevy Tahoe 2-mode Hybrid won the Green Car of the Year award at the LA Auto Show. The hybrid SUV couldn't pull off a similar victory in today's North American Truck of the Year award at the Detroit Auto Show. Instead, the Mazda CX-9 crossover took top honors, beating the second-place Tahoe in the voting points 201-140.

AddAutoblog first impression of the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu (and hybrid version)

Autoblog's Chris Tutor has spent some time with the new 2008 Chevy Malibu and his impression is wonderfully favorable. As AutoblogGreen readers know, this sedan also comes in a hybrid version, but it's not much of an eco-car. The hybrid Malibu uses a the same belt-alternator-starter mild hybrid system with a a nickel metal hydride battery that is used in the Saturn Aura and the Saturn Vue mated to a 2.4L EcoTec four cylinder. Chris spent a little bit of time with the hybrid version, and found it

54Chevrolet adding extra Malibu production capacity

It looks like General Motors is anticipating big numbers for the new Chevy Malibu. Production just started at the Fairfax Kansas assembly plant a few weeks ago, and they're already gearing up to add more capacity at a second facility. The company informed employees at the Lake Orion, MI plant this week that they will start building Malibus alongside the Pontiac G6s they already produce beginning next spring. The current plan is to add about ten to twenty-five percent more Malibu capacity from L

97VIDEO: Maximum Bob provides tour of Malibu design details

While the new Camaro may set enthusiasts heart aflutter, the reality is that from a business perspective the 2008 Chevrolet Malibu is probably the most important car in the Chevrolet lineup until the debut of the Volt in a few years. Among passenger cars the highest volume models on the market right now are the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord, and the new Malibu falls right in the heart of this segment. Although the Volt and CTS may have wowed us more at Detroit, they are both unobtainable to most

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