Rumored: New Malibu Coming Jan. 2011?
We're hearing GM has pushed up the Epsilon II Malibu.
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.
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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