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    2014 Chevrolet Malibu To Address Back Seat


    By William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    January 19, 2013

    The current Chevrolet Malibu has seen mixed reviews and slow sales since it went on sale last year. GM CEO Dan Akerson said in a interview back in December that a mid-cycle refresh would be coming in late 2013.

    "We are going to do a midcycle enhancement, not dramatic, by this time next year," Akerson said.

    Akerson said that part of the midcycle refresh would include a revised front fascia.

    Now we have learned that the Malibu refresh will also address another complaint many people have, back seat room. Automotive News reports that the Malibu refresh will improve on the back seat room from the current model. No one is quite sure how GM will pull this off yet.

    Source: Automotive News (Subscription Required)

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    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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    What I want to know is what is with the hood on the mules.

    They have two triagle shapes one on each side. Is this just some dummy hood or are they looking at some kind of air intake of some kind? It also could just be some odd styling thing but it may need to be watched as they progress here.

    I noted the lower grill was more opened up in the Camo bra and it may be for the 1.6 Turbo intercooler?

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    I noticed they are going to be futzing with the dash as well. Hopefully they can do something about some of the more garish aspects of the interior's design. Especially on the gray interior where the door panel is all one colour. I read Michael Karesh's review of the Turbo model for TTAC and he said the fit and materials quality was in his estimation maybe best in class. I concur, the dash materials are similar to those found in the Buick Verano which are quite good in their own right. It wouldn't hurt to make the LED taillights standard equipment either as I feel the standard units cheapen the look of the car.

    Something does need to be done about the backseat though, a fact made very apparent to me when I rented a 2013 Fusion SE w. 2.0L Luxury pack a week after test driving a 2013 Malibu LTZ. Night and day.

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    I noticed they are going to be futzing with the dash as well. Hopefully they can do something about some of the more garish aspects of the interior's design. Especially on the gray interior where the door panel is all one colour. I read Michael Karesh's review of the Turbo model for TTAC and he said the fit and materials quality was in his estimation maybe best in class. I concur, the dash materials are similar to those found in the Buick Verano which are quite good in their own right. It wouldn't hurt to make the LED taillights standard equipment either as I feel the standard units cheapen the look of the car.

    Something does need to be done about the backseat though, a fact made very apparent to me when I rented a 2013 Fusion SE w. 2.0L Luxury pack a week after test driving a 2013 Malibu LTZ. Night and day.

    Just getting in my 08 Bu vs the new one you would be suprised how much more roomy leg wise it feels. There is not much difference size wise but it feel like much more.

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    the biggest problem is the footspace and kneespace. the front seat bottom frame and base needs to be completely redone, and likely that part of the floorpan as well. Sculpting the seat is only going to give you a little gain.

    GM nearly always sucks at packaging. Don't think I'm right? Look under the hood of the malibu and see the near foot of wasted space between the motor and front bumper stuff.

    That could be interior space.

    The interior of the Malibu is pretty good, but they need to lose the sh1tty looking strakes, redo the gauge pods and redo the cupholders. The base seat cloth sucks too. Other than that, I really believe the Malibu's interior is in the upper half of the class. With leather, it's positively bangup.

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    This new Malibu was prolly designed before the decision was made to follow the imports and take away the customer's choice to order one with a V6.

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    lower the seat bottom a bit and use the seat back cut-outs like they have in the Cruze. It's not rocket science... even for GM.

    :yes: and on the outside, hopefully give it a 2014 Impala look...

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    This new Malibu was prolly designed before the decision was made to follow the imports and take away the customer's choice to order one with a V6.

    Ford is an import now?

    Sonata and Optima are the only imports that don't offer a V6 in their mid-size car.

    Camry has one, Accord has one, Altima has one, Passat has one, Mazda 6 has one,

    In fact, GM is arguably one of the leaders in this trend from when the Regal debuted.

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    It needs reworked, but you wonder how they let such a poor car out to begin with. At any rate, I don't think adding an inch here or there in the back see or re-working the grille is going to increase sales that much. The Malibu is selling around 10k a month, the Sonata, Fusion, Altima and Accord are closer to 20k, the Camry sells over 30k a month. People just don't seem to look much at the Malibu.

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    This new Malibu was prolly designed before the decision was made to follow the imports and take away the customer's choice to order one with a V6.

    Ford is an import now?

    Sonata and Optima are the only imports that don't offer a V6 in their mid-size car.

    Camry has one, Accord has one, Altima has one, Passat has one, Mazda 6 has one,

    In fact, GM is arguably one of the leaders in this trend from when the Regal debuted.

    Perhaps they are Imported from Detroit.

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    That would be an interesting Marketing Campaign. Import from Detroit! :P

    Chrysler might take issue with that.

    It is a brave new world today with Obama sworn in and now we can focus on green and Local job creation, so heck with Chrysler and lets Import From Detroit! :P

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    I saw a new clean Fusion on the road yesterday, and all I could think of as it drove past was.. it is hopeless for the Malibu.

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    This new Malibu was prolly designed before the decision was made to follow the imports and take away the customer's choice to order one with a V6.

    That is logical on the space as my 08 has little room to give with the 3.6.

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    That would be an interesting Marketing Campaign. Import from Detroit! :P

    Chrysler might take issue with that.

    It is a brave new world today with Obama sworn in and now we can focus on green and Local job creation, so heck with Chrysler and lets Import From Detroit! :P

    I planted windmill in my yard and ran 20 red lights in his honor today. :lol:

    I do not think it is hopless here. GM still can do well with this car with the updates and good pricing. Price is king in this segment as proven by Hyundai with above average quality. If Gm can get the inprovments in and under cut Ford price they will do fine.

    The fact is no one will run away with this segment as They all will apply early changes to keep an edge here.

    If one only looks at the time line of this car from when it was shown to the press in 09 and how things were delayed it is easy to see how they ended up where they are. I still suspect the nose changes were already in the works when it was intro's When GM move up the intro with this car they did not have the time to finish them, If the Malibu had come out in 14 as a 15 the new nose would have already been set to match the others in the line.

    GM was between a rock and a hard spot. Bring the car out now in needs of some tweeks or linger on with the old out dated car till the later date they had already set. I think the early release with tweeks was not great but the lesser of two evils.

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    While I do not think all is lost as one person said when seeing the Fusion. There are plenty of people who want this type of car and are loyal to GM, with a refresh, I believe sales will pick up a bit till a major redo with the proper interior room is done. This is but one cog in the over all wheel. GM has come a long way in the last couple of years, so little bumps should be expected with better to be seen down the road.

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    This new Malibu was prolly designed before the decision was made to follow the imports and take away the customer's choice to order one with a V6.

    Ford is an import now?

    Sonata and Optima are the only imports that don't offer a V6 in their mid-size car.

    Camry has one, Accord has one, Altima has one, Passat has one, Mazda 6 has one,

    In fact, GM is arguably one of the leaders in this trend from when the Regal debuted.

    This new Malibu was prolly designed before the decision was made to follow the imports and take away the customer's choice to order one with a V6.

    Ford is an import now?

    Sonata and Optima are the only imports that don't offer a V6 in their mid-size car.

    Camry has one, Accord has one, Altima has one, Passat has one, Mazda 6 has one,

    In fact, GM is arguably one of the leaders in this trend from when the Regal debuted.

    Actually the Mazda 6 loses it's V6 with the re-design for 2014 with the 2.5 as it's only offering for NA. So much for Zoom Zoom at Mazda with a deficit of over 80 HP compared to the Korean twins and cars like the V6 CamCord and Altima.

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    Mazda is a dying company. They are cutting everywhere to try and stay alive, but like suzuki and mitsubishi, I do not hold out that they will still be around in a couple years.

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    We got 2 2014 Mazda 6's today. The one I looked at is a pearl white Grand Touring model (I believe it is top-o-the-line) at $31k... beautiful car... huge 19" rims! The gray one, which I haven't seen up close yet, is more a base model. I'll have to check it out tomorrow if I don't freeze in place as soon as I step outside.

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      When it goes on sale this fall, the 2018 Traverse will be the fourth updated crossover or SUV from Chevrolet within a year, joining the Trax, Bolt EV and 2018 Equinox, further strengthening the brand’s crossover and SUV lineup.
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      Bold and refined 
      The 2018 Traverse has a new look inspired by Chevrolet’s full-size SUVs, with purposeful proportions complemented by premium cues such as chrome accents, LED signature lighting and available D-Optic LED headlamps.
      Chevrolet is adding two new trim levels for the 2018 Traverse — the sporty RS and luxurious High Country — to offer customers more choices for a personalized appearance.
      The new RS package includes unique, blacked-out exterior cues with a black chrome grille, black bowtie, 20-inch wheels and more.
      The High Country trim features premium content and technology, including a unique interior trim featuring Loft Brown leather appointments with suede accents, 20-inch polished wheels, High Country badging, D-Optic headlamps, standard twin-clutch AWD and power-fold third row seats.
      “The all-new Traverse blends Chevrolet’s characteristic SUV cues with capability and refinement,” said John Cafaro, executive director, Global Chevrolet Design. “Inside and out, it offers style with a purpose.”
      With available seating for up to eight and a longer wheelbase than the current model, the Traverse has few peers when it comes to capacity and roominess. In fact, the new Traverse is expected to offer best-in-class passenger volume as well as max cargo room at 98.5 cubic feet (2,789 liters), while greater storage options and larger bins throughout the ergonomically optimized cabin are designed to enhance convenience and versatility.
      Loading the Traverse is a breeze with a new Chevrolet bowtie logo lamp feature illuminating the ground to show where drivers need to place a foot to activate the available hands-free power liftgate.
      A new split-folding second-row seat improves on the Traverse’s original Smart Slide® feature. The curbside seat is capable of tipping up and sliding forward, even with a forward-facing child seat in place, to provide open and easy access to the third row.  Third-row legroom is expected to be the most spacious in the segment at 33.7 inches (856 mm).
      Connected and protected
      The 2018 Traverse offers purposeful technology designed to help keep passengers safe, comfortable and connected.
      Chevrolet’s latest connectivity technologies include available 7- and 8-inch-diagonal MyLink infotainment systems designed to support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an available OnStar 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are products of Apple and Google and their terms and privacy statements apply.  Requires compatible smartphone and data plan rates apply.)
      Passengers will have access to USB charging ports in all three seating rows, available wireless charging and steering wheel-mounted phone and audio controls. Chevrolet’s Rear Seat Reminder feature is standard on all trim levels.
      When it comes to helping to protect passengers, a comprehensive suite of available safety technologies and adaptive crash-avoidance features offers ease of use and added peace of mind, with new available features including:
      Surround Vision D-Optic LED headlamps (standard on High Country and Premier) Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning Front Pedestrian Braking Forward Collision Alert Low and High-Speed Forward Automatic Braking. Teen Driver is standard, allowing parents to set certain controls and review performance in order to help encourage better driving habits, even when parents are not in the vehicle. 
      Performance and efficiency
      A new 3.6L V-6 and nine-speed automatic transmission form the standard propulsion system, expected to offer nearly 10 percent more horsepower than the current model and a GM-estimated 25 mpg highway (FWD). The combination also supports an estimated 5,000-pound (2,268 kg) trailering capacity when properly equipped.
      Sporting the new RS trim, the Traverse will exclusively feature a 2.0L turbocharged engine that provides a unique driving experience, with more maximum torque than the V-6. It is also paired with the nine-speed automatic transmission.
      Both engines feature new intelligent stop/start technology that determines the best times for fuel-saving engine-stop events, based on a variety of driving factors.
      New Traction Mode Select is standard on all models and allows the driver to make real-time adjustments to the vehicle’s driving mode to account for varying road conditions. On available AWD models, it also allows the system to be completely disconnected from the rear axle, which helps save fuel and enhances refinement.
      High Country’s exclusive Advanced AWD system employs twin-clutch technology that optimizes traction for every condition it encounters. It is engineered for optimal performance in wet, snowy and icy conditions, while also providing enhanced stability in dry conditions.

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