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Chevy Malibu Hybrid Production Starts

February 4, 2016 in Hybrids, Technology by Rich Piellisch  |  No Comments

47 MPG Combined with Enhanced Connectivity for Fleets

This month sees the start of production of GM’s Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid sedan in Fairfax, Kans., the automaker says, promising a car that’s larger yet lighter, with excellent fuel economy – an estimated combined 47 miles per gallon with 1.8-liter engine and 1.5-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery pack.

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is nearly 300 pounds lighter and has wheelbase that’s been stretched nearly 4 inches, making it more fuel efficient, more functional and more agile, GM says: 'great fuel economy, connected technologies, wrapped in a gorgeous exterior.'

The 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is nearly 300 pounds lighter and has wheelbase that’s been stretched nearly 4 inches, making it more fuel efficient, more functional and more agile, GM says: ‘great fuel economy, connected technologies, wrapped in a gorgeous exterior.’



The new Malibu has already been lauded as Car & Driver Car of the Year, “and is getting recognition as the best midsize car in the segment,” the automaker says.

“The new Malibu and Malibu Hybrid are available with advanced safety systems like Forward Collision Alert with Low Speed Front Automatic Braking, a feature more and more fleets are looking for on their vehicles,” Malibu fleet program manager Mike Batchik said in a release. Other safety features include Side Blind Zone Alert, Lane Keep Assist and Lane Departure Warning.

The Order Book Is Open

Malibu comes with available OnStar and 4G wifi service allowing fleet drivers to stay connected.

“Midsize customers tell us they want great fuel economy, connected technologies, wrapped in a gorgeous exterior. This is exactly what the 2016 Malibu was engineered to do,” said Malibu chief engineer Jesse Ortega.

The Malibu Hybrid is available to order now with dealer deliveries expected later this spring.

A seven-inch capacitive-touch screen is standard.

A seven-inch capacitive-touch screen is standard.


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Source: GM Fleet with Fleets & Fuels follow-up

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