The good news is that the "Eco" name won't disappear (heck, it's part of GM's TV advertising campaign, so that can't be wasted). No, that suffix will now appropriately be added to the 2.5-liter gas-powered Malibu, though the mild-hybrid eAssist drivetrain found on the Malibu hybrid will remain on the Buick LaCrosse and Regal models, Fox News says, citing a Chevy spokesperson.
Malibu hybrid sales have started to lag in recent months. While sales were down just 5.4 percent through September, last month's sales plunged 48 percent compared to September 2012, to just 858 units. LaCrosse sales are also down substantially, though Regal sales are up a healthy 29 percent this year.