In spite of its fancy name, Chevy Malibu has always been a rubbish car to be honest! It’s all about to change though, as the new model gets a fresh new design and European-like dynamics.
GM has released these teaser picture and video to let us know they will be unveiling the new Malibu on April 18 simultaneously at the Shanghai Auto Show and on Chevrolet’s Facebook page. The Malibu show car will also be shown at the New York International Auto Show, which is open to the public April 23 through May 1.
Based on what we see here, the new Chevy Malibu is a handsome sedan which mercifully doesn’t share a single line with previous models. It appears to be inspired by the design of the Camaro, at least that’s what the taillight in the picture above suggests. The new Malibu is Chevrolet’s first midsize car to be sold globally. It will be sold in nearly 100 countries on six continents and built in multiple locations, including China and two facilities in the United States.
The car will be launched next year as a 2013 model.
“This Malibu takes Chevrolet’s established and award-winning nameplate to new places and introduces it to new audiences around the world,” said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet. “Whether the Malibu is sold in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, or Australia, it has been engineered from the ground up to meet the needs of customers around the world.”
“We look forward to offering the new Malibu to our customers across China,” said Kevin Wale, president and managing director of the GM China Group. “The Malibu fully embodies Chevrolet’s tradition of dynamic styling, superior handling and outstanding fuel efficiency. It will address growing domestic demand in the upper-medium segment, especially among younger car buyers.”