GM’s Mark Reuss thinks a wagon version for new Malibu is ‘interesting’

Article by Christian Andrei, on April 25, 2011

GM North America President Mark Reuss said that a wagon version of the new Malibu is an “interesting idea.” This comment given to Automotive News gives the few fans of the wagons in the U.S. something to look forward to.

The wagons are admired for their practicality and driving dynamics that are unrivaled by the heavier and bigger crossovers and SUVs. GM has a wagon offering in the Cadillac CTS but it doesn’t have an entry in the non-luxury category.

Hyundai recently displayed its i40 wagon in Europe, which is a version of the current-generation Sonata presently available in the U.S. This led many to hope that it will eventually be offered as a U.S.-market model.

Since the new Malibu is based on the corporate Epsilon II chassis, which underpins the Opel Insignia and Buick Regal, it’s possible that a Malibu wagon will be built. In the Detroit area, a Buick-badged Epsilon wagon has been seen being driven around.

This means that even if a Chevy version isn’t coming, it’s likely Buick will have one and the Malibu may be next. The increasing fuel prices makes it more likely that there will be more wagon variants developed since they’re lighter and they lend themselves to better aerodynamics. They also offer improved fuel economy and are as practical as crossovers and SUVs.

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