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2011 CHEVROLET MALIBU LOSES FOUR-SPEED AUTOMATIC

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2011 CHEVROLET MALIBU LOSES FOUR-SPEED AUTOMATIC

By Andrew Ganz

With the demise of its Pontiac and Saturn nameplates, Chevrolet’s Malibu soldiers on as General Motors’ primary mainstream family sedan. For the 2011 model year, the Malibu drops its standard four-speed automatic, making the Malibu a six-speed automatic-only lineup.

The Malibu, which was first introduced for the 2008 model year, was among the first midsize non-luxury sedans to be offered with a six-speed automatic, although the car lagged behind some rivals by still coming standard with a comparatively archaic four-speed automatic on certain low trim level models.

Chevrolet also says that the sedan gains standard alloy wheels on the 1LT model (a step above the base LS) and an upgraded OnStar. Otherwise, the Malibu mostly stands pat for its last year in its current configuration. A new Malibu is due out for 2012.

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http://www.leftlanenews.com/2011-chevrolet-malibu-loses-four-speed-automatic.html

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ocnblu    776

I AM GLAD THIS IS IN ALL CAPS.

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hyperv6    774

They had top change it because they quite making the 4 speed and will only have enough to build our the HHR and Cobalt this year. The six speed will not fit them without pan changes.

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They had top change it because they quite making the 4 speed and will only have enough to build our the HHR and Cobalt this year. The six speed will not fit them without pan changes.

Hmmm..what are they going to put in the Impala if there are quitting making the 4speed?

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hyperv6    774

Hmmm..what are they going to put in the Impala if there are quitting making the 4speed?

Not sure?

Not sure if the 6 sp will fit it or the build enough to finish the Impala run.

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regfootball    251

Hmmm..what are they going to put in the Impala if there are quitting making the 4speed?

what chevy should do. kill the impala, put it out of its misery. sell the current malibu in its place along side the new one. just let the impala die already!

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hyperv6    774

what chevy should do. kill the impala, put it out of its misery. sell the current malibu in its place along side the new one. just let the impala die already!

I suspect that is what we will see. With a new Bu and the new Impala coming is there much need? Also they will need the Impala line for some of the new cars coming.

If they had to make much in the way of changes to the Impala to put the other tranny in the Impala is dead. They would never buy a new saddle for a dead mule.

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regfootball    251

the civilian holden statesman can certainly bear the torch of expensive chevy for a bit to bridge between killing the w body for good! and the Chevy XTS......

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regfootball    251

making sure the 'bu "classic" will still sell well next year? ;)

the classic malibu is a superior car to the impala in nearly all ways. to keep a worse product just for production, man, just build the malibu classic. they can overlap with the new BU for 18 months or so, no one will care.

I would build the 'Malibu classic' in few configs.

LS, cloth, manual seat, hubcaps, stab control, 6 speed, I would have a singular option package that includes mats, spare, USB, XM, Bluetooth and a 110v outlet. 20,995 MSRP base LS (17 grand with discounts and rebates). 21,495 with option pack.

LT1, includes the USB, XM, BT, 110v, also power drivers seat, 17" alum wheels, heated seats, remote start, spare tire, mats, NAV... 23,495. (19,500 or so and change with rebates and discounts).

(Laughter, had to chuckle, the Malibu doesn't have NAV!!!!!)

LT2, same as LT1 includes leather, power passenger seat, chrome at base of door and door handles and 18" alum wheels.....real leather. 25,995 (22 grand with rebates and discounts)

two free standing options.....sunroof (retail only) on LT1 and LT2. 1000 bucks. v6 (fleet and retail) also, 1500 bucks.

that wouldn't be tough. see how easy it is to simplify?

you could i suppose keep the LTZ and have the only difference between the LTZ and Lt2 be ultralux vs. leather.

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loki    286

reg, the reason gm made "classics" was to basically use left over parts, right? ...and sell tons to rental co. ...maybe bridge any production gap... didn't need to post a "new thread" inside this one. :lol:

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