The Malibu Maxx was a funny seeking, crypto-station-wagon version of the 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu (which was itself based on the Opel Vectra C). It sold poorly and is now largely forgotten, which makes it precisely the sort of junkyard vehicle I like to locate.
Yes, obscure sales flops in the junkyard have stories to inform!
Automobiles this new tend to get picked more than quite swiftly, offered that they share components with vehicles nonetheless on the road in large numbers. Common Motors is all about the components bin, so owners of everything from the Pontiac Sunfire to the Buick Rendezvous can do their shopping right here.
(*shakes cane at these damn cannabis tourists leaving their tax dollars in Colorado*)
I have rented numerous a Malibu with the LTZ trim level, during my travels with the 24 Hours of LeMons, and I have constantly assumed that LTZ is GM code for Bob Lutz.
You know you are really reaching when the most significant selling point on your auto is the sliding rear seats.
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Chevrolet announced this week that its hybridized version of the mid-sized Malibu would commence at $ 28,645 which includes location, for a fuel-sipping, 48 city-mpg, lengthy-legged miler with all sorts of excellent appears.
Those are the facts.
Also accurate: the Ford Fusion Hybrid is $ three,585 less pricey (despite the fact that it only manages 41 mpg in the city), the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is $ 1,810 less pricey (40 mpg city), the Toyota Camry Hybrid is $ 1,220 much less dear (despite the fact that it manages 43 mpg in the city) — so only the 50-mpg Honda Accord Hybrid starts at a greater price ($ 1,495 far more).
The Malibu Hybrid will be accessible only in LT trim when it goes on sale in the spring.
The hybrid Malibu sedan sports a 1.eight-liter turbo 4 and a 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery that can power the automobile alone up to 55 mph. According to Chevrolet, the automobile weighs 300 pounds significantly less than its predecessor, but sports a 4-inch longer wheelbase.
The Malibu Hybrid will sport a 7-inch MyLink touchscreen (an 8-inch screen will be offered) and LTE hotspot as regular.
A nation of potential mid-size hybrid buyers just wondered aloud if the mid-size, middle-priced Malibu Hybrid constituted a great deal from the Bow Tie brand.