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2009 Malibu, Malibu Hybrid, and Cobalt Changes Posted

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Just posted on the ordering guides.

Regular Malibu:

Deletions

(15U) Sandstone Metallic exterior color

(40U) White exterior color

(53U) Amber Bronze Metallic exterior color

(67U) Silverstone Metallic exterior color

(JF4) Power-adjustable pedals

(QPE) P215/60R16 touring blackwall tires

(NZ6) 16" fascia spoke painted Sterling Silver wheels

Front side marker lamps

New Features

(17U) Silver Ice Metallic exterior color

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(50U) Summit White exterior color

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(51U) Gold Mist Metallic exterior color

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(92U) Silver Moss Metallic exterior color

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(UPF) Bluetooth for phone, personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system and HMI (Human Machine Interface)

(QGG) P215/55R17 touring, blackwall tires

Changes

(PDC) Power Convenience Package now includes (AG1) driver 6-way power seat adjuster, (AP3) remote vehicle starter system and (UPF) Bluetooth for phone

(P22) 17" fascia spoke, painted sterling silver wheels are now standard on LS and 1LT models

(FX3) StabiliTrak stability control system with brake assist and Traction Control is now standard on all models

(LE5) 2.4L DOHC 4-cylinder engine is now standard on LTZ

(MH8) 6-speed automatic transmission is now available on 1LT and standard on 2LT and LTZ

(PDQ) HFV6 Engine Package is now available on LTZ and includes (LY7) 3.6L V6 SFI engine, (MH2) 6-speed automatic transmission, dual chrome exhaust tips and (NVH) hydraulic power steering (HPS)

http://eogld.ecomm.gm.com/NASApp/domestic/...6629&type=0

Malibu Hybrid:

Deletions

(15U) Sandstone Metallic exterior color

(40U) White exterior color

(67U) Silverstone Metallic exterior color

(JF4) Power-adjustable pedals

(QPE) P215/60R16 touring blackwall tires

(QD1) 16" flangeless aluminum wheels

Front side marker lamps

New Features

(17U) Silver Ice Metallic exterior color

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(50U) Summit White exterior color

09ccmalhybrid_gm50wa8624_nf.jpg

(51U) Gold Mist Metallic exterior color

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(78U) Golden Pewter Metallic exterior color

(92U) Silver Moss Metallic exterior color

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(QGG) P215/55R17 touring, blackwall tires

(PFE) 17" ultra bright aluminum wheels

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(K05) Engine block heater

http://eogld.ecomm.gm.com/NASApp/domestic/...6630&type=0

Looks good! Odd that the 6-speed has expanded, but is still kept from the LS and optional on the 1LT, but that's still a huge expansion and a good thing regardless. And Bluetooth on nearly every model! Not restricted, which is shocking.

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Cobalt:

Deletions

Sport Coupe (1AM37) and Sport Sedan (1AM69) models

(15U) Sandstone Metallic exterior color

(39U) Blue Flash Metallic exterior color

(95U) Ultra Silver Metallic exterior color

(52*) Neutral interior color

(US9) AM/FM stereo with 6-disc in-dash CD changer

(NZ6) 16" fascia spoke wheels

(K05) Engine block heater

New Features

(17U) Silver Ice Metallic exterior color

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(51U) Gold Mist Metallic exterior color

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(92U) Silver Moss Metallic exterior color

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SS Turbocharged Sedan model (1AP69)

(UPF) Bluetooth for phone, personal cell phone connectivity to vehicle audio system and HMI (Human Machine Interface)

(UUI) AM/FM stereo with CD player and MP3 playback and USB port

(UAF) Reconfigurable performance display

(WTC) Tire sealant and inflator kit standard

Available spare tire and wheel, includes jack

Changes

(UE1) OnStar is now standard on all models

Dual-stage frontal driver and front passenger air bags RPO code is now ASA on LS and LT models

The RPO code for the ECOTEC 2.2L engine is now LAP and includes Continuous Variable Valve Timing

(MX0) Automatic transmission is now the standard and only transmission on 1LT Sedan and 2LT Sedan

(TV5) Performance Appearance Package is now called Sport Appearance Package and now includes (T43) rear decklid spoiler, (T37) front fog lamps, (QBU) P205/50R17 blackwall tires, (PFE) 17" polished aluminum wheels, chrome exhaust tip, front and rear body-color sport fascias, body-color lower rocker moldings, White-faced sport gauges, (UK3) leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio and cruise controls, (UPF) Bluetooth for phone and leather-wrapped shifter lever

(NZ0) 16" machined-face aluminum wheels are now packaged on 2LT

Improved seat bolster material with soil repellent

http://eogld.ecomm.gm.com/NASApp/domestic/...6689&type=0

Nothing too big for the Cobalt...but nice minor things, I guess.

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Front side marker lamps are gone for the Malibu? Interesting :scratchchin:

A quick way to tell the 09's apart from the 08's.

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Nice changes for the Malibu, glad to see the 6 speed auto expanding, even if it is optional. They are serious about this car and its showing. Great finally seeing Bluetooth. I am disappointed in seeing some colors deleted that I actually liked.

Time for the Cobalt to get a redo. Nice to see an SS sedan, and the Sport pkg is a great idea, too. Better than a separate model.

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I'm not too happy about them deleting the power adjustable pedals. When we had our G6, I thought they were a nice and handy feature to have.

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Front side marker lamps are gone for the Malibu? Interesting :scratchchin:

A quick way to tell the 09's apart from the 08's.

It said this, but I think it's in the naming. On the actual order sheets, Repeater lamps, side-mounted is still listed as standard.

I'm not too happy about them deleting the power adjustable pedals. When we had our G6, I thought they were a nice and handy feature to have.

I keep thinking this is just in the naming and a re-sort of features, but can't find them on the order sheets either. They did just make a change to the 2008's where they came with the 3.6L V6 package...but I don't see them now. Hmm.

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Well

A. Power Adjustable Pedals needed to stay, I rather liked them.

B. I'm officially holding off till 2009 to lease that Cobalt. I want to be able to have VVT and that BEAUTIFUL Silver Moss Color. I am concerned that it no longer has a block heater, especially in Canada.

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Nice to see the 2LT get the 6 speed standard, hope there's not too much of a price increase. Do you know if they will start builing the 09 Malibu earlier than usual? Seems kinda early to have the specs up for the 09's.

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BLUETOOTH!!!! :thumbsup:

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BLUETOOTH? USB? HMI? can you voice activate the music player ala sync?

power pedals on my 500 are the bomb. it would be hard to get another car without them.

stabilitrak standard now, but even the 09 focus has advance trac standard too, so this is becoming universal.

WHERE'S NAV!?!?!?!?! LOL

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WHERE'S NAV!?!?!?!?! LOL

Of the triad of ongoing semi-petty gripes about the Malibu (Bluetooth, Nav, and rear center armrest), I would say Nav is the least important. They offer the turn-by-turn audio nav, don't they? Sure it's not as good, but it at least addresses the issue...

Where's the rear center armrest? Rode in the back of a G6 about a month ago, and found it would've been nice to have. Much more important than Nav, IMO.

At least they addressed bluetooth, so I guess the triad of gripes is down to a... duo of gripes?

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Do you know if they will start builing the 09 Malibu earlier than usual? Seems kinda early to have the specs up for the 09's.

No. Actually, the ordering guides are always published around this time every year. Order cut-offs for 2008's across GM are next week, and then they actually open the system to start filling in 2009 orders at the end of the month, to start production (Malibu/Aura, at least) on June 16th. Typical model year.

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Oh, and the power pedals are still a mystery. I highly doubt they'd actually drop them...and based on how the titling/arrangement of them was re-sorted for the end of the 2008 year, it may just be a terminology thing. Guess we'll see.

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Front side marker lamps are gone for the Malibu? Interesting :scratchchin:

A quick way to tell the 09's apart from the 08's.

Yes, but why would they do that? I thought the Malibu Hybrid is sold in China now as well, so why delete a "global" feature?

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Horsepower 155@6100 rpm

Torque (lb.-ft.) 150@4900 rpm

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That puts it near the top of its class, only behind Rabbit and Impreza in terms of power. GM should consider a Cobalt "Eco" variant (like VW's BlueMotion, Ford's ECOnetic, and Opel's ecoFLEX) with a taller final drive, less displacement, an extra gear, narrower tires, weight reduction, and aerodynamic tricks, which would give consumers the choice to get better fuel economy without hybrid prices. The Cobalt auto's final drive is fairly aggressive 3.63 compared to the '09 Corolla's 2.81. The '08 Corolla's was 2.64.

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malibu is such a wondeful car. in terms of looks at least it's easily the best looking sedan under 30k. 2 years from now when the cobalt and camaro come through will be an exciting time for chevy cars. hopefully GM can come through with the zeta impala as well. then you have the mpv, the equinox and the now quintessential GMT 900s. chevy is really never ever product starved.

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Just for comparison:

Horsepower 148@5600 rpm-----155@6100 rpm

Torque (lb.-ft.) 152@4200 rpm-----150@4900 rpm

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not a noticiable differenece in power according to those graphs...

its a bit better on the torque scale, but nothing to post up on the refrigerator door

i dont think a difference like that would encourage buyers, although it will help achieve better fuel ecconomy.

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I want to know what idiot made the graph for the 2.2L VVT. It doesn't need two different scales! Especially when people are comparing the two graphs... you just can't compare them at all without sitting there for a couple minutes trying to understand the varied scales & crap. >:(

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not a noticiable differenece in power according to those graphs...

its a bit better on the torque scale, but nothing to post up on the refrigerator door

i dont think a difference like that would encourage buyers, although it will help achieve better fuel ecconomy.

that's a tad odd it doesn't make the same peak torque #.... but with a higher redline, flatter T curve ( 2 crest wave )...should make it more fun to drive with a manual.

with the upcoming 1.8/1.4T...how the 2.2 plays a part will be interesting with the 2.4 and 2.0TDI.... i'm gonna guess the 2.2 will be gone by '12MY

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Hmmm... though, with the "Sport" model being rolled into an option package on the LT, I see no mention of the 2.4L, positive or negative. Will the 2.4L become some sort of stand-alone option? Or will it disappear?
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It doesn't need two different scales! Especially when people are comparing the two graphs...

Exactly

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Hmmm... though, with the "Sport" model being rolled into an option package on the LT, I see no mention of the 2.4L, positive or negative. Will the 2.4L become some sort of stand-alone option? Or will it disappear?

Gone, as far as the Cobalt. It's VVT 2.2L or the SS's 2.0L Turbo DI, and nothing else. Simplification, and gas mileage, gas mileage, gas mileage. Well, not that a 2.4L Cobalt wouldn't get the same...but it's been expanded further into the Aura and Malibu, so it may even be a supply thing (at least a little bit).

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