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    2012 Downsized Malibu

    2012 Chevrolet Malibu

    With their 2010 Zeta Impala E85 3.2 DI V6 Turbo a run away success, Chevrolet introduces the downsized
    2012 Malibu on Epsilon II to cater to $5 gasoline and those looking for a real fuel sipping family sedan.

    With it's E85 2.8 DI V6 Turbo and optional 2.2 V6 Bio-Turbodiesel, the new Malibu is positioned under the Impala
    in size, but with it's taller cabin retains interior room for the modern family. Remember with the Zeta Impala available
    for those seeking performance and sleek styling, the Malibu is repositioned for those who still want FWD and economy.
    So the 2012 Malibu, while still looking good, must be more practical and utilitarian rather than cool and sleek.


    New Malibu



    The 2012 Malibu is only 5% shorter, stays the same width and is actually 5% taller than the 2008 Malibu.
    The wheelbase is only 2% shorter but looks short as the wheel arch openings are larger for big premium wheels.
    Looks can be deceptive, so here they are side by side. So with better packaging the 2012 has just as much
    room under the hood/bonnet and more space inside. While being 5% shorter it's real downsize comes
    in weight reduction. Using new variable thickness high strength steel sheetmetal for stampings, and
    more composites and alloys, it is 15% lighter than the 2008 model. Engines are far more compact as now
    GM copies their new 4.5 diesel lead with in-the-V exhaust and turbo manifolding that eliminates the
    need for space for and aft of the engine for exhaust headers.




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    Re: 2012 Downsized Malibu

    Now THAT i like.....no I LOVE it
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    Re: 2012 Downsized Malibu

    I second that motion.

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    Re: 2012 Downsized Malibu

    Maybe it's the colour, but that's doing nothing for me. Looks too round. The roof line of a vw beetle.

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    Re: 2012 Downsized Malibu

    Looks great, very smooth! You didn't have to give it purple skin though, did ya? That color doesn't do the car justice.

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    Re: 2012 Downsized Malibu

    It looks a little too round and small. But otherwise nice.
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    Re: 2012 Downsized Malibu

    i don't know. it's nice but something about it reminds me of a camry.

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    Re: 2012 Downsized Malibu

    It's a good chop job. But I certainly hope they don't shrink the size of the Epsilon II down to that of the Delta. What we have here is a car the size of the next Cobalt.

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    Re: 2012 Downsized Malibu

    the greenhouse makes it look a little like a Five Hu-- I mean Taurus. I like it though.
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    Re: 2012 Downsized Malibu

    Looks great! I wouldn't buy one that color but I don't want to see every future car shown in the usual black or silver blah.

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    Re: 2012 Downsized Malibu

    I hope that 2.8L Turbo shows up in the Alpha Pontiac.

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    Re: 2012 Downsized Malibu

    Thanks guys for the feedback.

    Quote Originally Posted by big swede View Post
    Looks great! I wouldn't buy one that color but I don't want to see every future car shown in the usual black or silver blah.

    Thanks big swede, I did it in plumb (not purple ) just for that reason. People don't have to buy it this color but I'm also sick of the usual colors, and a concept car needs to stand out and pop a little.

    Yes everyone loves black, silver, blue and red, but a change is as good as a holiday.....



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    Re: 2012 Downsized Malibu

    Very nice lines. I like the headlights, but they could use a little more character. See new Saab headlights, I love them.

    Great job

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    Re: 2012 Downsized Malibu

    looks great... you've fixed all my points of contention with this vehicle.. headlights, grille, rear end...

    all nicely done in a smaller package which I agree with... the proportions are much better now
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    Re: 2012 Downsized Malibu

    All is nice, but where do you fit those V6s when you've chopped off the front end?

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