Rumored: New Malibu Coming Jan. 2011?

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    Rumored: New Malibu Coming Jan. 2011?

    Rumored: New Malibu Coming Jan. 2011?
    We're hearing GM has pushed up the Epsilon II Malibu.
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    August 11, 2009
    By: Nick Saporito


    During last month's Board of Directors meeting at the new General Motors Company the nearly all-new Board asked GM management to pull ahead certain new products to get them on the market sooner. GM stated today in a press conference that they have 24 new products coming between now and 2011; all being cars or crossovers. While GM cannot push ahead all 24 future product programs, they are apparently going to try to push ahead a few to appease their new Board. GMI is hearing that one of those is the next-generation Chevrolet Malibu.

    There has been a lot of talk about the new Malibu in the last few days. Yesterday and today many members of the public were lucky enough to view the new car in the flesh and comments have been abound regarding what they saw. Reports from the event suggest a new stunning design, new luxurious interior and a "large screen" in the center of the dash. It has been well known that the next-generation Malibu would be on the all-new Epsilon II platform that underpins the Opel Insignia and all-new Buick LaCrosse. The Malibu is expected to remain close to the same size as today's car, with possibly shorter overall length.

    GMI was told today by sources that the all-new Malibu has been pushed ahead to a January 2011 launch. This is up several months from the former date of "late 2011." The car will be a 2012 model-year vehicle and be built at the Fairfax, Kansas assembly plant. Additional production will take place at Oshawa, Ontario if needed.

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    To clarify, GMI was told today that as of right now the Cruze has NOT been pushed ahead, however it is being considered. Our sources said that the Cruze could be pushed up to a March 2010 launch, but it is still unclear if the time line for the Cruze launch will change from the current summer/fall 2010.

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    Re: Rumored: New Malibu Coming Jan. 2011?

    Quote Originally Posted by nsap View Post
    Cruze

    To clarify, GMI was told today that as of right now the Cruze has NOT been pushed ahead, however it is being considered. Our sources said that the Cruze could be pushed up to a March 2010 launch
    THat would be very smart. Cruze needs to be out ASAP and needs to beat the new Civic and Focus to market and the 40mpg mark.

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    Re: Rumored: New Malibu Coming Jan. 2011?

    A new Malibu only 4 years after the current? That's whack!

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    Re: Rumored: New Malibu Coming Jan. 2011?

    Good news about the Malibu...

    And if GM has any sense at all, they will move up the Cruze's launch.
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    Re: Rumored: New Malibu Coming Jan. 2011?

    Quote Originally Posted by FenwickHockey65 View Post
    Good news about the Malibu...

    And if GM has any sense at all, they will move up the Cruze's launch.
    Its all about money, the possibility for the retooling to accelerate and whether suppliers can adapt to the new timeline.

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    Re: Rumored: New Malibu Coming Jan. 2011?

    Quote Originally Posted by Z28x View Post
    THat would be very smart. Cruze needs to be out ASAP and needs to beat the new Civic and Focus to market and the 40mpg mark.
    The Nex-Gen Civic is at least 2 years out. GM has them beat as of now.
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    Re: Rumored: New Malibu Coming Jan. 2011?

    If this is true, that means that the "Malibu" nameplate has had three designs out since the current (2006-2011) Camry was released (2004-2008, 2008-2011?, 2011?-on), and two near-complete redesigns since the current Camry has been out (2008 and 2011).

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    Re: Rumored: New Malibu Coming Jan. 2011?

    Volt in late-2010, Malibu in early 2011, Cruze not too long after that.

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    Re: Rumored: New Malibu Coming Jan. 2011?

    Great news for the Malibu! Now what about the Implala?

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    Re: Rumored: New Malibu Coming Jan. 2011?

    This is good news. We need a new Impala too.
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    Re: Rumored: New Malibu Coming Jan. 2011?

    Quote Originally Posted by 01IntrigueGX View Post
    If this is true, that means that the "Malibu" nameplate has had three designs out since the current (2006-2011) Camry was released (2004-2008, 2008-2011?, 2011?-on), and two near-complete redesigns since the current Camry has been out (2008 and 2011).

    Interesting.
    And with that design schedule, GM has managed to stay ahead of the camry. Remember how toyota scrambled to get the camry to 33 MPG after the Malibu's drivetrain was tweaked to hit that figure?
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    Re: Rumored: New Malibu Coming Jan. 2011?

    The pull aheads are good news, a new Malibu will be good to show new GM is different as they will be bringing new models to market much sooner than they had been known to do.

    As to the Cruize, and also the Volt. Pull aheads are great, but getting both of these vehicles right is much more important. There is nothing to gain and almost everything to lose if they pull ahead these two models and fail. Get it right and they will succeed.
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    Re: Rumored: New Malibu Coming Jan. 2011?

    Quote Originally Posted by 96ss47 View Post
    Great news for the Malibu! Now what about the Implala?
    Exactly, what about the Impala ? Is there any news about the Impala because this car needs an update and soon.

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    Re: Rumored: New Malibu Coming Jan. 2011?

    I wouldnt doubt it. GM said they want to move up the launch dates of all their upcoming cars.
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    Re: Rumored: New Malibu Coming Jan. 2011?

    The Malibu, in my eyes, is more important than the Cruze or the Volt. It absolutely must stay fresh. What this also tells me is that there is a good chance GM is very far ahead on the Impala, or will be scrapping it entirely. One or the other. There's no way they can justify redesigning the Malibu twice during one Impala cycle. Something is up with the Impala. Maybe it is secretly going to be a game changer along the lines of the rest of the GM lineup.

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