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    How Much For The Chevrolet Malibu ECO?

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    Chevrolet has announced pricing for the new Malibu ECO due out in the first quarter of next year. The 26 City/38 Highway MPG Malibu will carry a base price of $25,995 including a $760 destination charge.

    The Malibu ECO is Chevrolet's first vehicle equipped with GM's eAssist mild hybrid system. The system uses a lithium-ion battery and electric motor to provide regenerative braking, electric assist and start-stop functionality. The system is coupled with a 2.4L Ecotec four-cylinder producing 180 HP and a six-speed automatic. Other changes to the Malibu ECO include active grille shutters, aluminum hood, aluminum rear bumper beam, lower final drive ratio, and low-rolling resistance tires help the Malibu get 550 miles on a single tank of gasoline.

    The Malibu ECO is generous in standard features which include Chevrolet MyLink, CD/MP3 stereo with seven-inch touch screen, USB, SiriusXM satellite radio, dual zone automatic climate control,cruise control, power windows and locks, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with built-in audio controls, projector-beam headlamps, heated and power adjustable exterior mirrors, acoustic-laminated glass to reduced wind noise, and 17-inch wheels.


    Press Release is on Page 2

    2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco Priced Under $26,000

    Hybrid-like fuel efficiency for a non-hybrid-like price

    DETROIT – The all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco midsize sedan will start at $25,995 when it arrives in dealerships in the first quarter next year, reinforcing the value proposition of the midsize segment’s longest-running nameplate.

    The suggested retail price includes a $760 destination charge but excludes tax, title, license and dealer fees.

    The 2013 Malibu Eco is Chevrolet’s most fuel-efficient Malibu ever. It is the first Chevrolet to feature General Motors’ eAssist battery electric/gas propulsion system, which uses a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery and an electric motor-generator to enable regenerative braking, electric assist and start-stop functionality. That helps deliver a GM-estimated 26 mpg in city driving and 38 mpg on the highway.

    Malibu Eco’s highway efficiency is comparable the segment’s popular full hybrids and diesels, but delivered at a lower price:

    • 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid – $29,395 / 36 mpg
    • 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE Diesel (with automatic) – $27,895 / 40 mpg
    • 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid – $26,660 / 39 mpg
    • 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – $26,545 / 40 mpg

    Malibu Eco is part of the all-new, 2013 Malibu lineup – Chevrolet’s first global midsize sedan – designed to give customers more style, fuel efficiency, content and features, along with the craftsmanship and dynamic capabilities rivaling high-end sedans. It has a more powerful engine – 182 hp / 134 kW – than the Fusion (156 hp / 116 kW), Camry (178 hp / 132 kW) or Passat (140 hp / 104 kW).

    Product highlights for North American models include:

    • Expressive exterior designed to stand out, with a wide, athletic stance
    • Aerodynamically optimized exterior, including underbody aero enhancements and electronically controlled shutters in the lower grille that close at higher speeds to push more air over and around the vehicle
    • All-new, Chevrolet-signature dual-cockpit interior that is more spacious, features premium materials and is engineered to be the quietest in the midsize segment
    • First Chevrolet car to offer new Chevrolet MyLink connectivity, which integrates online services such as Pandora® Internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio®
    • European-influenced ride and handling traits
    • More safety features and technologies, including eight standard air bags, ultra-high-strength steel and rearview camera system.

    Additional fuel-saving features include:

    • Eco-specific lightweight components and systems, including an aluminum hood, aluminum rear bumper beam, low-mass carpet and dash mat and more, which save approximately 130 pounds (58 kg) over a comparably equipped non-ECO model
    • An Eco gauge in the cluster that continuously responds to driving behavior, encouraging fuel-efficient driving. An Auto Stop Indicator on the tachometer informs the driver when the engine is in start-stop mode
    • Seventeen-inch low-rolling-resistance all-season Goodyear tires
    • The eAssist system mated to a fuel-efficient 2.4L Ecotec direct-injection four-cylinder engine and next-generation six-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4L engine, a variant of the same engine that was recognized as one of Ward's Ten Best Engines in 2010, is lightweight and features dual-overhead cams, direct injection, continuously variable intake and exhaust timing and electronic throttle control. It also has a lightweight aluminum cylinder block and cylinder head.

    A five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, as well as a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty is standard on the Malibu Eco. Certain eAssist components are covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty, including the electric motor generator, three-phase electric power cables and high-voltage lithium-ion battery.

    The Malibu Eco is offered with cloth or leather seats in eight exterior and three interior color choices. It is well-equipped in standard form and available with four equipment packages: Package 1 – Power Convenience; Package 2 – Premium Audio; Package 3 – Leather; and Package 4 – Navigation.

    Standard powertrain and chassis content:

    • Ecotec 2.4L direct injection with continuously variable valve timing and eAssist technology, rated at 182 horsepower (135 kW)
    • Six-speed automatic transmission with tap-shift control
    • 2.64:1 axle ratio
    • Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS
    • Regenerative braking
    • Grade braking control
    • Panic brake assist
    • Electronic park brake with push button
    • StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
    • Electric power steering (rack-mounted)
    • MacPherson strut front suspension
    • Four-link rear suspension
    • Seventeen-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels
    • P225/55R17 all-season low-rolling-resistance Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tires

    Standard exterior content:

    • Active front lower grille aero shutters and aerodynamic underbody panels
    • Projector-beam headlamps with automatic exterior lamp control
    • Heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors (body color)
    • Fin-type combined OnStar/SiriusXM Satellite Radio antenna (body color)
    • Acoustic-laminated, solar-absorbing glass
    • Intermittent windshield wipers with structureless blades

    Standard interior content:

    • Chevrolet MyLink
    • Six-inch-deep illuminated (when headlamps are on) hidden storage behind articulating touch screen radio face
    • Air conditioning – dual zone automatic climate control with odor filter
    • Audio system: AM/FM stereo with CD with MP3 playback and auxiliary input jack
    • Seven-inch-diagonal color touch screen for the audio system
    • USB port for the audio system
    • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
    • Six-speaker sound system
    • Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity
    • Cruise control
    • Remote keyless entry
    • Power windows with express down feature
    • Power door and window locks
    • Driver information center
    • Tilt and telescopic steering column
    • Steering wheel audio and cruise controls
    • Ice blue ambient lighting
    • Driver’s footrest
    • Overhead console
    • Compass display
    • Two auxiliary power outlets
    • Rear center armrest with storage

    Standard safety content:

    • OnStar with six months of Directions and Connections plan, including Automatic Crash Response, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, and more.
    • Dual-stage frontal air bags
    • Driver and front passenger thorax side-impact air bags
    • Driver and front passenger knee air bags
    • Head curtain side-impact air bags (front and rear outboard seating positions)
    • Safety belt pretensioners
    • Tire pressure monitoring system

    Package 1 – Power Convenience includes all standard equipment plus:

    • Eight-way power driver’s seat with lumbar control
    • Rearview backup camera system
    • Remote start
    • Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror
    • Universal garage door opener

    Package 2 – Premium Audio includes all content in Package 1 plus:

    • Pioneer nine-speaker audio system with high-output amplifier
    • Fog lamps
    • Leather-wrapped shifter knob and steering wheel

    Package 3 – Leather includes all content in Package 2 plus:

    • Leather-trimmed seating
    • Eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat with lumbar control
    • Heated front seats

    Package 4 – Navigation includes all content in Package 3 plus:

    • Navigation system
    • Memory seats and mirrors
    • Auto-up driver’s window

    A power-operated sunroof is available on Packages 1, 2, 3 and 4.

    Exterior Color Choices:

    • Silver Ice Metallic
    • Black Granite Metallic
    • Summit White
    • Crystal Red Tintcoat
    • White Diamond Tricoat
    • Taupe Gray Metallic
    • Steel Blue Metallic (late availability)
    • Champagne Silver Metallic (late availability)

    Interior Color/Trim Choices:

    • Jet Black
    • Jet Black/Titanium
    • Cocoa/Light Neutral

    The Eco is the first trim level of an all-new Malibu lineup to launch in the United States. Other Malibu trim levels including LS, LT and LTZ are scheduled to begin production next summer in Fairfax, Kan. and Detroit-Hamtramck. The 2013 Malibu will be sold in nearly 100 countries on six continents and will serve as a flagship Chevrolet midsize in many parts of the world. The Malibu is built in multiple locations including the United States, China and Korea.

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    I love how they conveniently ignore city fuel economy.


    • 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid – $26,660 / 43 mpg
    • 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid – $29,395 / 41 mpg
    • 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – $26,545 / 35 mpg
    • 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE Diesel (with automatic) – $27,895 / 30 mpg
    • 2013 Chevrolet Malibu ECO – $25,995 / 26 mpg

    For an extra $665, you get 65% greater city fuel economy from Camry Hybrid.

    And I love how they only factor the horsepower of the gasoline engine in those hybrids.

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    I sincerely hope people wait for a 2013 Malibu WITH trunk space and no annoying battery cooling fan in the parcel shelf. Rube Goldberg indeed.

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    $26k seems a bit steep for this. If Package 1 was included with auto up windows and fog lights I would think it was a good deal. But the Malibu isn't a full hybrid, and a Fusion hybrid gets 41 mpg city compared to 26 mpg on the Malibu, big difference. The Fusion hybrid for example has standard power front seats, auto dimming mirror, rear parking aid, fog lamps, and leather steering wheel for $28,700. With the same features, the Malibu Eco and Fusion Hybrid will be really close in price, and the Fusion has that 15 mpg advantage in city.

    The other question I have is what does eAssist/Eco cost, $2k maybe? So are we looking at $24k for a base Malibu? Which I am fine with if the car has the equipment to back up the price, but they seem to have most features optional.

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    I read somewhere that most 2013 Malibus available in 2012 would be the ECO trim level.

    Correct, GM will begin building ECO model first and the rest of the Malibu lineup there after

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    This needs to have some more options "base" to make give it more value than the other hybrids. It's ok to have a weaker hybrid performance as long as the value is made up elsewhere.

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    In other news, the car really looks great. I like the shallower lower half of the split grille on this new one. The one thing I do not care for is the Christmas light look of the LED tails, I think it should be one continuous tube of light instead.

    One of these with a nicer powertrain (say, the 2.5L Ecotec or a 3.6L V6 from the Impala/Xtra Too Skinny) in a coupe would be such a sweet car. A turbocharged 2.5L Ecotec with a six-speed manual in a coupe version would even possibly make a credible SS.

    And yes, the Eco tube and condenser contraption costs $2000 in a Regal. It also includes tiny (by comparison) wheels that really cut the balls off the Buick's looks. No thanks.

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    Saw the '13 Malibu Eco in person yesterday..first '13 Malibu I've seen. The side profile and front are clean...like the design overall, though I think the taillights are a bit overwrought--they bulge out too much on the sides (esp. noticable on a white car like a saw). Sat in the front, roomy and comfortable, the controls seem well placed and solid. One area of concern, considering this is a family sedan, is the rear seat area seems cramped....with a rear door open, the actual rear door opening seems very small...I can imagine that putting in/taking out a child seat to be awkward or larger adults finding the opening too small...guess that's where the wheelbase shortening went..

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    I was in the Malibu ECO today. While I know it is built on a good platform that also is shared with the Regal I just was not drawn to it.

    Compared to the present car it has a few features I like better but as an overall package I felt let down a little.

    I also saw the new Fusion. GM is in a world of hurt if the Fusion is not much more expensive. It is a really appealing car inside and out. If the quality is on par with the Taurus it should prove to be a good car.

    I also spent some time in some of the Hyundai's and Kia. They have mastered the ability to make a cheap car look much better than it really is. I know they are not the best car on the market but they are looking like the best value and that is what hard economic times require.

    For the money I would just pass the Bu up and buy the Regal I just hope there is a RS or SS package at a resonable price and some styling changes. The Malibu is not bad looking it just is not as good as some of the new cars out there like the Fusion. I hate to say that as I am not a Ford fan in anyway.

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