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2013 Chevy Malibu Eco Hits Showrooms, Dealers Not Embarrassed

By Matthew Askari | January 20, 2012
Fuel economy fever has stricken the auto industry harder than 15th-century colonizing imperialists bearing smallpox. Only this time, the natives are asking for it. Despite a name most commonly associated with pristine beaches, grand soirees, celebrity residents, and pricey rehab facilities, Chevy 's Malibu is more concerned with body roll than it is rock n' roll. The Malibu is General Motor's answer to the Toyota Camry, and last year was GM's second best selling passenger car in America, after the new Chevy Cruze. The 2013 Chevy Malibu Eco has begun hitting showrooms, and from the looks of things, Chevy might have a winner. The new Malibu Eco was designed with fuel economy as a top priority, and features new eAssist technology.  Along with start-stop capability, regenerative braking that harness unused energy, and a lithium-ion battery, the Malibu Eco sees a notable 12-percent increase in fuel economy. GM estimates that the semi-hybrid gets 25 mpg city and 37 mpg highway, which would make it the most of any midsize sedan, excluding full  hybrid models. Chevy plans to sell the car in almost 100 countries, which would make it the automaker's most global vehicle. The newly styled Malibu is roomier than its predecessor, and Chevy claims that this will be the quietest Malibu yet. If you're not into the Vegan Malibu Eco, Chevy promises some four-cylinder meat this summer (these days that's not an oxymoron). Expect a 2.5-liter 190-hp engine, and a turbocharged 2.0-liter to stay competitive with the Hyundai and Kia 274-hp turbo-four-cylinder engine, not to mention the V-6s in the Volkswagen Passat and Toyota Camry. Source: Chevrolet
  • 2013 Chevy Malibu Eco Final Assembly Front View
  • 2013 Chevy Malibu Eco Deliveries Front View
  • 2013 Chevy Malibu Eco Delivery To Showrooms
 
2 comments
bruce curry
bruce curry

chevrolet came out with the caprice in 2011. comes with v6 or v8 but they wont sell it to you. fleet only just like the chevrolet captiva crossover which came out for 2012 fleet only.

Carl
Carl

I'd still prefer a V6, but if 4 cylinder only Cars like Malibu, Cruze, Sonic, and Spark, standard 4 Cylinder 2014 Impala get them close enough to the governments ridiculous cafe requirements maybe the Fullsize Caprice can return in 2015, I hope! I speak for all cars!

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