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If you were hoping to get your hands on one of the new Chevy Malibu hybrids and you live outside of California or the Northeast states, you may have to wait a while. At launch, the mild hybrid system will be in short supply and GM wants to focus on the markets where hybrids are most popular. It may take until the 2009 model year before the Malibu hybrid is available nationwide.

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