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Question about the previous gen Malibu

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I have a question about the previous gen Malibu. Was it a Gm pairing with Toyota that shared a platform? And if so which one and which was the Malibu based off of. Im having a debate with somone on another forum and I need a quick answer lol.
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The Malibu did not share anything with Toyota. Instead, the GEO Prizm which later became the Chevy Prizm shared the same components with the Toyota Corolla.
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No Toyota connection. The Malibu shared its architecture with the Grand Am and Olds Alero.
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Negatory on the interbreeding of any Malibu. The only recent GM-Toyota joint products were the Chevy Prizm (Corolla) and Pontiac Vibe (Matrix). The '97-03 Malibu is based off the P-90 platform - modified N-body, I believe - shared with the later Grand Am and Alero and rebadged as the '97 Olds Cutlass.
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Negatory on the interbreeding of any Malibu.

The only recent GM-Toyota joint products were the Chevy Prizm (Corolla) and Pontiac Vibe (Matrix). The '97-03 Malibu is based off the P-90 platform - modified N-body, I believe - shared with the later Grand Am and Alero and rebadged as the '97 Olds Cutlass.

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Fly has it. I gave the wrong model names.
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Yeah, when I first saw a Camry and a Malibu side-by-side in a parking lot when I was a lot younger, I thought GM were rebadging Camrys. It's probably because they just somehow appear so similar on the outside for some reason. And that is not a good thing, in my opinion. No wonder the last-gen Malibu gained the nickname "Mall-ibu" from the press. Although it wasn't a bad car, it was certainly one boring appliance. And, to me, the only real high point of the last-gen Malibu were the SEMA performance variants, which should have been built. It could have pumped some life into the Mall-ibu. Edited by anorexorcist
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Chevrolet was targeting the Camry when it designed the Malibu...hence the circular Malibu logo, the Toyota-esque taillight treatment, and similar headlight shape.
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Well, despite the nickname I pointed out before, the reviews were sort of favorable. Just thought I would point that out. Oh, yeah. Anyone remember the Malibu ads with a picture of a kitchen sink in it? Thinking back now, they were somehow ironic.
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Well, despite the nickname I pointed out before, the reviews were sort of favorable. Just thought I would point that out.

Oh, yeah. Anyone remember the Malibu ads with a picture of a kitchen sink in it? Thinking back now, they were somehow ironic.

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I wouldn't mind seeing that ad again...
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Not to go off topic here, but do you guys also remember the Chevy Nova that was also a Toyota rebadge in the late 80's?....Here's a link with a picture

http://autoextra.com/vehicledetail/adid-24...lem/or/do-basic

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The Nova was based on the Toyota Sprinter, a sister car to the Corolla. That looks like an E8, the first-generation fwd Corolla/Sprinters (the E8 coupes stayed on the older rwd platform).
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Personally, this
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(taillights) Edited by the_yellow_dart
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