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GM to use Hydra-Matic 9T50 9-speed transmission on the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Premier

If there is something to look out for from General Motors aside from its new vehicles and engines, it is its new nine-speed transmission. Yes, you’re reading it right, GM now has a new nine-speed transmission for its passenger vehicles, and it will make its first appearance in the new Chevrolet Malibu.

In particular, this new nine-speed transverse Hydra-Matic planetary automatic transmission Hydra-Matic 9T50 – developed by GM itself – will debut on the 2017 Chevrolet Malibu Premier that is powered by 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. It will also be available on the 2017 Chevrolet Cruze that is powered by a 1.6-liter turbo diesel engine and the 2018 Equinox with a 2.0-liter turbo powerplant. Also, GM’s Hydra-Matic 9T50 nine-speed transmission will be available to seven more models by the end of 2017.

This new Hydra-Matic 9T50 is derived from GM’s existing six-speed transverse automatic gearbox. GM will manufacture the Hydra-Matic 9T50 at its San Luis Potosi site in Mexico. While GM developed the Hydra-Matic 9T50 to be employed in front-wheel-drive passenger vehicles – both gasoline and diesel-powered – this nine-speed automatic transmission is also ready to be used in four-wheel-drive units.

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Chevrolet reveals Blue Line Malibu and Cruze concept versions at SEMA

When talking about the Chevrolet, a lot of people are likely to focus on the Corvette, or even the Camaro. Even then, Chevrolet Performance knew that it should also put attention on vehicles that are considered to be more on the mainstream.

Thus the brand has said that at this November’s 2016 SEMA Show to be held in Las Vegas, it will be coming out with a Blue Line concept version for both Malibu and the Cruze hatchback.

In general, the two concept cars will have aftermarket components that can be bought from dealers through the Chevrolet Accessories catalogue.

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Sam Raimi’s new ad features 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, Cruze

It would take an extraordinary director to create a commercial that effectively utilizes the elements of the horror genre to highlight the advanced safety features of the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu and 2016 Chevrolet Cruze.

This creative feat is achieved in a 60-second commercial directed by Sam Raimi, a critically-acclaimed director well-known for his supernatural cult horror series Evil Dead. According to Sam Raimi, the Chevrolet commercial was approached the same way as in movie making – by considering the plot, the characters and outcome.

The only difference is that, instead of the usual ‘anything that can go wrong will go wrong’ plot in most suspense/horror films, the Chevrolet commercial shows that all seemingly-inevitable accidents are all thwarted one by one, thanks to the car's state of the art active safety technologies available in the new models.

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu starts at $22,500

Chevrolet announced that it will be offering the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu in five models. These are the L, LS, LT, Premier, and Hybrid models. All of the versions will come with standard features like cruise control and 10 airbags. It will also come with a 1.5L 4-cylinder engine that has a push-button start and the passive entry and fuel-saving stop/start technology.

The 2016 Malibu is Chevrolet’s most fuel-efficient model yet and also the most connected and more advanced technology-wise. Steve Majoros shares that the company continues to focus on giving customers the highest level when it comes to quality and proof of this is recognition from J.D. Power as it relates to long-term dependability and quality.

Majoros is currently the director of Chevrolet cars and crossovers. Majoros adds that its latest offering, the 2016 Malibu, not just offers the latest technological features that other automakers find hard to compete with but it comes with a price that customers will find very impressive.

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The redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Malibu will be offered with a pedestrian-avoidance system. It features just a camera and software and is different from other crash-avoidance setups that incorporated a camera or sensors with radar. Because it is cheaper by a few hundred dollars, GM is able to offer this active-safety feature on mainstream vehicles that have lower prices.

In this system, a camera is set at the back of the windshield that detects pedestrians and alerts the driver of an impending collision. At the last second, the brakes are automatically applied to avoid a crash or at the very least, lessen its severity.

In an interview, John Capp, GM's director of global vehicle safety, said that this camera technology enables the company to install it on a greater number of vehicles. He added that the radar package may not be what everyone wants and so this gives consumers an option.

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Chevrolet’s all-new 2016 Malibu was introduced today at the 2015 New York Auto Show and as expected, the redesigned midsize sedan promises to offer more efficiency, connectivity as well as advanced safety features. According to the manufacturer, the 2016 Malibu arrives with a new 1.5-liter turbo engine as standard, that delivers 160 hp (119 kW) and 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) of torque.

This engine will return a GM-estimated fuel economy of 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. In addition, there is a bigger 2.0-liter tubocharged engine available, producing 250 hp (186 kW) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque. 2016 Malibu 2.0T models are expected to return a fuel economy of 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

Chevrolet will offer the 1.5-liter turbo engine with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the 2.0-liter turbocharged engine will be bolted to a new GM-developed 8-speed automatic transmission. The 2016 Malibu Hybrid is the big surprise as it arrives with hybrid technology that leverages components from the plug-in Chevrolet Volt.

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Sales are expected to skyrocket for the redesigned version of the Chevrolet Malibu, which is set to be unveiled at the upcoming New York auto show. For almost 2 decades, General Motors has been burdened with the Malibu’s poor sales attributed to its boring features. Now, GM is confident that it will be able to sell 250,000 new units each year in North America alone.

This projection is 25% higher than its sales last year. Sources claim that GM may even sell as many as 300,000 units annually. GM hasn’t given an official forecast yet; however, it told analysts last year that it had a target of 225,000 Malibus for 2016. The new Malibu will take in a profit of $1,500 higher than previous models.

These forecasts show that GM aims to gain a minimum of $450 million added profit for the new Malibu. This profit is equivalent to 41% of the latest quarterly net income of the carmaker. To entice buyers, GM will release ads that will boast of the Malibu’s styling, fuel economy, quality, and numerous features related to connectivity and safety.

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Executives at General Motors are already talking about the next-generation Chevrolet Malibu even around year before it is rolled out to the market. Typically, auto executives publicly discuss a future model closer to its launch, simply because it may affect the enthusiasm as well as demand for the current iteration.

In case of the Malibu, however, GM executives don’t worry about dampening the demand and enthusiasm for the current version, as its sales and market share has been in decline since its redesign for MY2013. So far this year, Malibu sales Chevrolet has been trying to revive Malibu sales by offering $3,500 in cash discount and a $189-per-month, $1,369-down lease, according to Kelley Blue Book.

The Malibu has been considered as the weak link in Chevrolet’s product lineup and GM is hoping the next-generation model would fix that weakness. With such situation, GM has been in a hurry to roll out the next-generation Malibu to market about a year from now – which would be faster than the usual cycle for the carmaker. Aside from that, GM executives are already raring to talk about the next Malibu.

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General Motors has issued a recall of 8,208 Chevrolet Malibu and Buick LaCrosse sedans (MY2014) over issues with their front brake assembly. GM said in a statement that rear brake rotors might have been installed in the front brake assembly of the sedans, resulting to “possible reduced braking performance.”

The carmaker said that the situation could significantly shorten front brake pad life as well as cut brake system performance, which could heighten risk of a crash. GM said that around 1,700 of the cars with customers and the rest are with dealers. According to GM, it is unaware of any crashes or injuries linked to the problem.

It added that only a “small percentage” of the recalled vehicles would have the wrong front rotors. A spokesman for GM said the carmaker has sent a letter to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration informing the agency of the recall.

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Chevrolet has discontinued the mild-hybrid Malibu for the 2014 model year. This means that there won’t be a 2014 Chevrolet Malibu equipped with General Motors’ e-Assist mild-hybrid system. This model was previously available under the Malibu Eco nameplate. This is quite a departure from GM’s initial plans, which initially called for a variant of the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu that has the eAssist powertrain.

Last August, there was still a plan for this model to be introduced. It was supposed to be priced at $26,670 (which includes destination costs). Unfortunately, this plan has been scrapped.

Last Wednesday at a regional press event held in Michigan, Todd Pawlik, the chief engineer for the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, said that the hybrid model is officially discontinued because of the new base powertrain configuration, which consists of a revised 2.5-liter four-cylinder and a new start/stop system, offering mostly the same fuel economy as an eAssist-equipped Chevrolet Malibu.

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Chevrolet is launching a full-scale marketing campaign for its 2014 Malibu that is arriving this week at dealerships, as the carmaker aims to avoid the failure that afflicted the 2013 model.  During a media drive, Chevrolet’s U.S. marketing chief Chris Perry, remarked that they are looking at the campaign an all-new launch, adding that they are making the investment to make the 2014 Malibu a success. 

However, Chevrolet’s move is unusual, given that the 2014 Malibu is considered as a so-called mid-cycle enhancement, which usually comes around three years after the launch of a redesigned model. In case of the Malibu, Chevrolet parent General Motors reengineered that vehicle two years early, prompted by the sagging sales of the mid-sized sedan.

While Perry refused to divulge how much General Motors has allocated for the 2014 Malibu campaign, he said that the amount would be similar to a typical marketing rollout for a next-generation product.

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It is official: the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu will have a starting price in the United States of $26,965, including the $825 destination charge but excluding tax, title, and license and dealer fees. The new Malibu comes as standard with the 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 196 bhp and 253 Nm (186 lb-ft) of torque.

According to the official press release, the 2014 Malibu is now fitted as standard with the stop/start technology and delivers an EPA-estimated fuel consumption of 25 mpg city and 36 mpg highway. Still, GM offers the optional 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine that develops 259 bhp and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque.

The 2014 Malibu 2.5L gets a new six-speed 6T45 transmission, which reduces the energy required to pump transmission fluid, enabling addition fuel economy savings. Additional features on the 2014 Malibu include a revised front appearance, roomier rear seat with 1.25 inches (31.7 mm) more knee room, redesigned center console, suspension enhancements, Side Blind Alert Zone and Rear Cross Traffic Allert.

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General Motors has become more assertive in restyling the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu, according to GM North America President Mark Reuss. As a result of GM’s more assertive approach to product development, the 2014 Malibu is now more spacious and more fuel-efficient. GM had to rush the restyling of the model to reverse the vehicle’s sliding sales in the much-important mid-sized sedan market.

Reuss admitted that much of the 2013 Malibu's development occurred prior to GM’s collapse in mid-2009, and that the carmaker was "not aggressive enough" with its styling. According to Reuss, product developers knew even before the spring 2012 rollout of the 2013 Malibu that it would need an accelerated update.

The major enhancements for the new Malibu came just a year after GM launched the 2013 Malibu's highest-volume trim level that is powered by a base 2.5-liter, four-cylinder engine – a very early update considering that GM’s so-called mid-cycle updates usually come three or four years after a vehicle is rolled out.

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General Motors unveiled the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu as it is trying to reverse its sale slide in the mid-sized car market. According to the company, the 2014 Malibu is now roomier and more fuel efficient. Although the midcycle enhancements come usually after three or four years, Chevrolet decided to do them after just one year since the car was launched.

The 2014 Malibu comes with a revised front and featuring a bolder grille inspired by the 2014 Impala and the Traverse crossover, but also with more space for the passengers. GM altered the rear seat cushions in order to allow passengers to sit deeper in the rear seats. As a result GM squeezed an extra 1.25 inches of knee space for back seat passengers.

The center console was also redesigned and it is now longer and includes pair of cupholders and dedicated storage for two cell phones. Other key enhancements include an improved 2.5-liter engine delivering 196 hp (145 kW) and 186 lb-ft og torque (253 Nm). GM says that the engine will get an estimated 23 mpg city / 35 highway. 

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General Motors Co. will be recalling over 38,000 sedans equipped with its "eAssist" mild hybrid system to fix circuit boards that may overheat. Such an incident may lead to a loss of battery charge or a fire in the trunk in extreme cases. According to the carmaker, it was aware of the two trunk fires related to the issue but remarked that there were no injuries or crashes as a result of the problem.

Affected sedans include the Chevrolet Malibu Eco, Buick LaCrosse and Regal from the 2012 and 2013 model years. The affected sedans were assembled in the United States before December 2012. Overheating of the circuit boards in the generator control module in some of the sedans may result to several issues like loss of battery charge and the illumination of a malfunction indicator light.

The issue, however, does not involve the eAssist battery. The engine may stall if the warnings are ignored. The issue may result to a burning or melting odor. GM said in a statement that it knows of the generator control board incidents, most of which have occurred within first 1,000 miles of operation.

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The Eco mild-hybrid version of the Chevrolet Malibu cannot seem to attract customers just like the other variants of the vehicle despite offering better fuel economy. The reason? The savings brought by the extra fuel economy is not enough to justify the almost $3,000 extra cost of purchasing a Malibu mild-hybrid.

The Malibu Eco offers a combined 3 mpg more than the base Malibu model. Jeff Tuckman, the dealership's inventory manager at Castle Chevrolet in Chicago, said that prospective buyers quickly decide to pass over the Malibu Eco once they hear its price. Tuckman said buyers would rather have the base LS model, which is just as “nice and luxurious."

Dealers worry that the Malibu Eco’s fuel economy may not be enough to win buyers over two other versions powered by a 2.5-liter engine and a 2.0-liter turbocharged powerplant.

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General Motors will give cash bonuses to its dealers who managed to achieve or exceed sales targets for the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, as part of the carmaker’s efforts to boost sales of the recently rolled out sedan. The so-called stair-step program, which also covers the Chevrolet Cruze, started Oct. 2, 2012, and will end Oct. 31, 2012.

Dealers who exceeded the sales target have a chance to earn up to $1,000 per vehicle on a portion of their 2013 Malibu and Cruze sales. GM conducted a similar program for the Cruze and Malibu in September 2012, when it rolled off its high-volume Malibu model. Stair-step programs provide dealers with mounting bonuses if they could achieve factory-set sales targets.

Under the current program, dealers who achieved 150 percent of their GM-set targets for Malibu and Cruze sales can earn $1,000 per vehicle on half of those sales.

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Here comes the fastest Malibu ever from Chevrolet -- the 2013 Malibu Turbo. Powered by a new 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that could provide 259 horsepower as well as 20 pounds of boost, the 2013 Malibu Turbo has the ability to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and reach a top speed of 155 mph.

Chevrolet’s designers and engineers intended to endow the Malibu Turbo Performance Concept an aggressive edge, complemented by high-performance and upscale appointments both in the interior and exterior.

Chevrolet’s people likewise gave the Malibu Turbo Performance Concept a Berlin Blue Tricoat exterior finish and a Jet Black/Navy Blue interior. Malibu Turbo Performance Concept provides a glimpse of the possible looks and style for the Malibu Turbo production model, and its designers and engineers intend to listen to how the public reacts to it in Vegas.

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Chevrolet has launched an advertising campaign that would market its Malibu mid-sized sedan as a fashionable alternative to the Honda Accord and other rivals. Chevrolet has unveiled a new commercial for the 2013 Malibu, which shows the redesigned sedan makings its way through the hill driven by a slender, sleeveless woman.

The "Malibu State of Mind" campaign attempts to emphasize the mid-sized sedan’s look and feel: "sleek" new styling with "sport-sculpted seats" and "refined comfort."  The commercial is in contrast to the new spots for the Honda Accord and Nissan Altima, which flaunts fuel economy and safety features.

Chris Perry, Chevrolet’s global marketing chief, told Automotive News of how looks could affect consumer picks. Perry said that if one puts the Malibu next to an Accord or Camry, a buyer would probably prefer the Malibu to be parked in his driveway.

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Although 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco has been attracting attention of customers at dealers’ showrooms thanks to its mild-hybrid technology feature and muscular redesign, potential buyers are inclined to choose the outgoing 2012 Chevrolet Malibu, thanks to incentives surrounding the current model. With the incentives, the 2012 Malibu could be acquired at around $6,000 less than the newer model.

GM launched the 2013 Malibu Eco in March 2012, six months before the new 2.5-liter four-cylinder base engine was to be launched across the United States. The early rollout of the 2013 Malibu Eco was prompted by a decision by GM chief executive Dan Akerson to pull the eAssist version ahead of the base variant.

This also prompted other carmakers to leapfrog the redesigns of their units: Ford Fusion, Honda Accord and Nissan Altima. But since the 2012 Malibu is more affordable thanks to incentives, the 2013 Malibu Eco has become just a sideshow for the current model. As a matter of fact, from March to June 2012, GM sold only around 7,000 Malibu Ecos, which pales in comparison with the sales figure for the 2012 model at about 100,000. 

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