Chevrolet Malibu hits age 50

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After 50 years, Malibu has one of GM’s most important

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Chevrolet came out in 1963 for the 1964 year It was considered Chevrolet#39;s intermediate car Today#39;s Malibu is one of most important models

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Those sharp in the sheet metal of today’s Malibu aren’t wrinkles even though the midsize is marking its 50th birthday.

then, Chevrolet was all about its Impala. But today, in a downsized Malibu competes in the hottest car

At the time, the 1964 Malibu was one of the first intermediate cars on in the U.S. General Motors It was the next size up from the II, or Nova, not to mention the ill-fated

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Generation 1 – 1964-1967

Although launched as premium sedan for the first Malibu was quickly up in the muscle car wars of the 1960s and after its introduction, the sporty SS was born. The Chevelle SS took the for Chevrolet’s muscle cars in and the Malibu continued as the premium tailored for the growing number of customers who sought roominess yet for their long commutes

Generation 2 – 1968-1972

Based on the intermediate platform, the 1968-72 dimensions shifted with a shorter 112-inch wheelbase for and convertibles and a longer, 116-inch for sedans and wagons. Like the models, each model in the second generation had distinctive styling differences.

Generation 3 –

The 1973 introduction of the third-generation brought a new frame that the previous 112-/116-inch wheelbases, but to new federal crash standards, the grew about five in length and one inch in width. A Laguna model briefly the Malibu from its perch the midsize hierarchy.

Generation 4 –

Chevrolet discontinued the Chevelle after 1977 and the next of downsized midsize cars stick strictly with the name from 1978 They were a foot and more than 500 pounds offering V-6 and V-8 engines. There was a dedicated police car package.

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Generation 5 – 1997-2003

After a run with the fourth generation, the sun set on from 1984 until when it was reborn as an all-new, sedan, offering four- and engines. It was named Motor Car of the Year for 1997.

Generation 6 –

Malibu moved to GM’s global architecture for 2004, greater technology, efficiency and – including the return of the Malibu SS, featured a 240-horsepower 3.9-liter The Malibu range also the Malibu Maxx five-door sedan, which offered cargo room and innovations as the ability of the rear seat to seven inches fore and and reclining rear seat.

Generation 7 – 2008-2012

Riding on an longer version of the architecture on the 2004 Malibu, the seventh-generation introduced greater levels of performance and efficiency – along enhanced safety features, standard head curtain air bags. It was voted the 2008 American Car of the Year at the North International Auto Show in

Generation 8 – 2013-2014

Redesigned for 2013, Chevrolet enhanced Malibu for 2014 greater efficiency, new connectivity comfort enhancements and a new front-end It offers the segment’s first with standard stop/start and an available 2-liter turbo with 259 horsepower that a performance legacy established 50 ago.

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