2016 Chevy Malibu: A Classic is Reinvented

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    2016 Chevy Malibu: A Classic is Reinvented

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. – 05.04.2015 – While the Chevrolet Malibu has evolved technologically since its debut in 1964, what hasn’t changed is Malibu’s mission as a midsize car with styling that stands the test of time.

    Here’s a look at nine generations of Malibu:

    Generation 1 – 1964-1967
    Although originally launched as premium sedan for families, the first Chevy Malibu was quickly caught up in the muscle car wars of the 1960s and soon after its introduction, the sporty Malibu SS was born. The Chevelle SS took the lead for Chevrolet’s muscle cars in 1966 and the Malibu continued as the premium model, tailored for the growing number of suburban customers who sought roominess yet efficiency for their long commutes every day.

    Generation 2 – 1968-1972
    Based on the original intermediate platform, the 1968-72 models’ dimensions shifted with a slightly shorter 112-inch wheelbase for coupes and convertibles and a longer, 116-inch wheelbase for sedans and wagons. Like the 1964-67 models, each model year in the second generation had distinctive year-over-year styling differences.

    Generation 3 – 1973-1977
    The 1973 introduction of the third-generation Chevy Malibu brought a new frame that retained the previous 112-/116-inch wheelbases, but to accommodate new federal crash standards, the bodies grew about five inches in length and one inch in width. A European-inspired Laguna model briefly dethroned the Malibu from its perch atop the midsize hierarchy.

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    Re: 2016 Chevy Malibu: A Classic is Reinvented

    New Malibu will be very much like the 2008 model - simply put a very good car.

    Assuming the quality is there it should be a candidate for car of the year awards. My only dislike is the nose but maybe it looks better in real life, I hope so because I will need to replace my 2008 Malibu in a year or 2.

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    I've been liking the appearance of the Malibu for the past few generations now. And it's getting better and better. I actually like the entire exterior of this new generation...

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    Re: 2016 Chevy Malibu: A Classic is Reinvented

    I think this new Malibu is going to be a solid entry in the segment. I like the looks with one exception, that is the scalloped out sides. I am going to have to see it in person still to gauge how that really comes off, whether good or meh.

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    I like the new Malibu! The only thing that is a turn off is the center dash which is bizarre with the bottom being rounded off! I think if I get it in all black; it may look better. Wonder if Chevrolet will offer the Corvette V8 as an engine option and Brembi 14" brakes and magnetic suspension package and 20" wheels?




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    Re: 2016 Chevy Malibu: A Classic is Reinvented

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry_Wild View Post
    I like the new Malibu! The only thing that is a turn off is the center dash which is bizarre with the bottom being rounded off! I think if I get it in all black; it may look better. Wonder if Chevrolet will offer the Corvette V8 as an engine option and Brembi 14" brakes and magnetic suspension package and 20" wheels?



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    Re: 2016 Chevy Malibu: A Classic is Reinvented

    Quote Originally Posted by FenwickHockey65 View Post
    Are you being serious?
    Nobody can be that stupid!. Clearly he was joking about the V8 in the Malibu.....the rest, maybe not so much.

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    Re: 2016 Chevy Malibu: A Classic is Reinvented

    Quote Originally Posted by dindak View Post
    New Malibu will be very much like the 2008 model - simply put a very good car.

    Assuming the quality is there it should be a candidate for car of the year awards. My only dislike is the nose but maybe it looks better in real life, I hope so because I will need to replace my 2008 Malibu in a year or 2.
    I for one hope someone is able to change out a headlight bulb without taking it to the f******* body shop just to have it replaced!.

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    Re: 2016 Chevy Malibu: A Classic is Reinvented

    If the steering and handling are above average, I'd probably pick the larger and more stylish Malibu over the sportier Regal.
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    Re: 2016 Chevy Malibu: A Classic is Reinvented

    Well, I saw my first new 2016 Malibu in the wild yesterday, I can confirm the 'busy' front end looks more hideous in person than it does in pictures, the car was running so the light pipes were on, doesn't help!

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    Re: 2016 Chevy Malibu: A Classic is Reinvented

    Now I know how to completely piss off local American-enthusiast crowd. I will just post this article on their forums It will be like spiting straight in their faces because they hated this 'Korean' design and kept on comparing it to the classic bu'. I tried to calm them down a bit by comparing the trashy 99-03 Malibu to the newest one but they didn't want to listen to me
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    Re: 2016 Chevy Malibu: A Classic is Reinvented

    Quote Originally Posted by CarFreak77 View Post
    Now I know how to completely piss off local American-enthusiast crowd. I will just post this article on their forums It will be like spiting straight in their faces because they hated this 'Korean' design and kept on comparing it to the classic bu'. I tried to calm them down a bit by comparing the trashy 99-03 Malibu to the newest one but they didn't want to listen to me
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    Re: 2016 Chevy Malibu: A Classic is Reinvented

    It must be written into law somewhere that modern Malibus have to be ugly. The front end of the new 2016 model is a huge mistake. It's not quite a complete disaster like the previous generation because it's actually pretty well done aft of the A-pillar, but it's definitely the worst in the class by far.

    There are 3 different openings in the front, all with different grills. The top one is the mid sized grill, and it's black-egg crate plastic. The middle one is (for whatever reason) not at all related to the top and bottom grills in shape or size and seems to have been a completely random design feature....of course why stop there? The shape disrupts both the horizontal and vertical lines in the car, which would converge in that space. There's both egg crate material set back pretty deep with horizontal grey plastic that I think is trying to pass off as aluminum trim for some reason. The lower grill opening is just as randomly shaped and styled as the top two. All of this supposed "style" but the top of the headlights and the top of the upper grill are on the same plane....even though the hood opening is set back in yet another line in the sheet metal. The car has three grills, each with different material covering it. No two are remotely related in shape, size, material, or placement.

    I know the bar is very low in this class, but I don't think GM has even met that.
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    Re: 2016 Chevy Malibu: A Classic is Reinvented

    Quote Originally Posted by member12 View Post
    It must be written into law somewhere that modern Malibus have to be ugly. The front end of the new 2016 model is a huge mistake. It's not quite a complete disaster like the previous generation because it's actually pretty well done aft of the A-pillar, but it's definitely the worst in the class by far.

    There are 3 different openings in the front, all with different grills. The top one is the mid sized grill, and it's black-egg crate plastic. The middle one is (for whatever reason) not at all related to the top and bottom grills in shape or size and seems to have been a completely random design feature....of course why stop there? The shape disrupts both the horizontal and vertical lines in the car, which would converge in that space. There's both egg crate material set back pretty deep with horizontal grey plastic that I think is trying to pass off as aluminum trim for some reason. The lower grill opening is just as randomly shaped and styled as the top two. All of this supposed "style" but the top of the headlights and the top of the upper grill are on the same plane....even though the hood opening is set back in yet another line in the sheet metal. The car has three grills, each with different material covering it. No two are remotely related in shape, size, material, or placement.

    I know the bar is very low in this class, but I don't think GM has even met that.
    Current Malibu and frankly speaking all last-gen Malibus are products heavily inspired by highly-successful Asian comptetition. 'They do well so let's copy them' - that's the logic behind Malibu and new Cherokee ugliness (looks very Korean unfortunately). In Jeep's case it pays off. In Malibu's case we will have to wait for sales results.
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