Chevrolet has revealed that it will introduce commercials for the refurbished 2013 Malibu during a TV blitz on Monday that centers on the NCAA basketball tournament. The commercials will feature the Malibu Eco, which is equipped with the eAssist system of General Motors that enhances fuel economy. Previously, the eAssist was only available on the Buick models.
Chevrolet's advertising and promotions director Kevin Mayer explained that the new TV spots will convey three messages regarding the eAssist system in Malibu Eco. He said that it captures energy, manages it and releases it at certain times. One of the TV spots shows a man in his 40s explaining the advantages of eAssist as he picks up his parents at the airport. In another spot, two couples in their early 40s are seen riding in the automobile as the driver flaunts the eAssist.
The Malibu Eco is run by the 182-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine of GM. This powerplant is linked to the eAssist technology. In order to boost fuel economy, the system utilizes a lithium ion battery and electric motor, and stop-start system, among other technologies. Regenerative braking offers electricity of as much as 15 kilowatts in order to charge the battery.
The electric motor generates an electric power boost of as much as 15 hp during acceleration. According to Chevrolet, the vehicle will get 25 mpg city/37 highway. The company's marketing director for mid-sized and performance cars, Russ Clark, revealed that around two-thirds of its dealers will have vehicles to display when the commercials start on Monday.
On another note, the company has also revealed that the 2013 Malibu fitted with GM's new 197-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine will be available for sale in July. This will then be followed in the fall by the Malibu equipped with a turbocharged four-cylinder 2.0-liter powerplant that provides 259 hp. None of the two engines have the eAssist technology.