I agree though that once the Impala has moved further into entry level Lux, and the Current model Impala is gone. the Malibu will do well. It's just going to take a bit to get over this stumble.
They should have just gone LWB
Regarding the design, I actually like the Bu, but I'd like to see a change in the tail lights - I'd like to see them more similar to the Impala. I think the four separate Camaro lights should be reserved for Chevy's performance vehicles. I also think the rear fascia needs a redo. I hate seeing the exhaust cans under the car; it just looks unfinished and cheapens the look. I'm not sure why GM has such a problem with this.
Oh, and new wheels! Some kind of optional 19 inch split spooks would be nice. The optional 19s now are ok, but pretty plain.
Surprisingly given its volume leader type of status, it doesn't seem like the current Malibu got GM's "A-team" to create it. Whereas I'm totally impressed with the new Impala, which I think is going to be a great success. I'm glad GM is recognizing that they f'd up, though. While they're working on the rear seats, they should give them a heat option. It's a nice differentiator in a crowded market, and it sure impresses our cold weather passengers in the XTS.
What I'm really wondering is if GM is taking the hybrid competition seriously. They need something better than eAssist if they want Malibu to be a serious contender for fuel economy. I believe starting in the next 2 or 3 years, people are going to shop a lot more on the idea of burning the least fuel possible, not just to save money but as a reaction to the increasingly obvious effects of climate change. If GM isn't anticipating this possible game changer, it could be a major mistake.
Gotta like the new dynamic at GM. I was impressed with how quickly Honda made changes to the Civic, how Chrysler is going to modify the Dart and now the news that GM is hoping to fix the ills of the Malibu. The right move at the right time.
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In addition, (to add oranges to the bushel of apples) when the Fusion came out originally (2005 - guesstimate) it wasn't a huge hit or a highly praised car, however after it recieved its MCE it quickly became a favorite among jounalists and the buying public.
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Steering and suspension also took some knocks from early reviewers of the eco. Hope those things are being addressed as well.
If you compare the rear seat metrics for vehicles in this segment, the Malibu is average. Sales volumes for other leading offerings with less rear seat space have not been affected.
However, the designers and engineers clearly knew the benchmarks that have been long established by the Accord and Camry. Even nominal differences are used to marginalize cars in this class.
Well at least they're addressing the problems and fixing it. I'm proud of GM. The new front end should do wonders for the Malibus overall appearance. Hopefully we'll see an exhaust that are molded into the rear bumper.
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Some Impala cues front and rear would really help this car. The upcoming Impala that is. That car is just beautiful all around. I think most people would overlook an inch of rear leg room had the new Malibu been a looker. It just isn't. The front looks outdated and the back end just doesn't work well at all.
Completely agree.Surprisingly given its volume leader type of status, it doesn't seem like the current Malibu got GM's "A-team" to create it. Whereas I'm totally impressed with the new Impala, which I think is going to be a great success.
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On the other hand, I am surprised and disappointed that it happened at all, given the new momentum of the company, it's lighter-meaner stance, and the incredible talent that work there.
As I've written, I feel the Malibu suffers from overall design issues, but that's a subjective matter. Others think it's beautiful.
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Either way, this area is problematic and can be fairly easily addressed. While they're working on the seats they should also replace the premium cloth texture, which is literally a PITA.
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