The excitement at GM Korea was high as it celebrated the start of production of the first all-new Chevrolet Malibu at its Bupyeong #2 plant in Incheon. Chevrolet’s first global midsize sedan will go on sale this November in Korea, the first market for the product. The first plant in the world to produce the eighth-generation Malibu is GM Korea’s Bupyeong plant.
This model will serve as the cornerstone of Chevrolet’s growth and will be the new range-topping product in worldwide markets. Among those who attended the celebration are GM Korea President and CEO Mike Arcamone, Labor Union Chairman Ki Min and its employees.
Arcamone said that the new Malibu is this year’s “most important product introduction.” He added that this model is significant in reaching its goals in the domestic market while guaranteeing that GM Korea turns into a major part of Chevrolet’s success. The Bupyeong #2 plant is regarded as GM Korea’s center for the assembly of midsize passenger cars.
Producing the new Malibu in this plant means that it operates at full capacity. The other facilities that are at full capacity include GM’s Gunsan, Changwon and Bupyeong #1 plants. The Malibu’s exterior design has similarities to the Chevrolet Camaro and Corvette, giving this family sedan segment some sportiness.
New Malibu is the quietest in its segment as it has been fitted with components like the noise-reducing outside rearview mirrors, acoustic laminated front glass and noise-absorption pads are strategically placed to stop tire, wind and road noise from getting heard inside the cabin. The new Malibu is offered with a series of premium comfort and convenience features that make driving both enjoyable and safe.
It’s also offered with a complete lineup of the most advanced infotainment options such as a next-generation infotainment system with a seven-inch LCD touch screen, as well as a navigation system. Buyers can choose from 2.0- and 2.4-liter Ecotec gasoline engines coupled to a six-speed automatic transmission. Its ride and handling are highly accurate and are comparable to those of higher-end sports sedans.
When examining the exterior of the Malibu, the brand wanted to ensure it had a similar design to other models in the Chevrolet family. Which is why it took cues from the Camaro and the Corvette, both of which have been extremely popular in the family sedan market and carry with them a sporty look, said the Executive Director for GM exterior design and Chevrolet Brand Champion, Bryan Nesbitt.
Gifting the Malibu with a lower position on the road and the other changes make the new look seem more aggressive. It comes with an integrated rear spoiler, a much shorter wheelbase, 4.5 inches or 114mm shorter, and much wider tracks, 2 inches or 51 mm wider than the previous Malibu.
The synergy between models continues with the inclusion of the projector headlamps, the trademarked dual-port grille, large badges on the front and back of the vehicle as well as a set of dual-element LED taillamps which enthusiasts will note are similar in style and design to those on the Camaro. Finally, the wheels are available with 17, 18 or 19 inch rims.
Chevrolet's engineers have worked wonders with the Malibu's new exterior design which has enabled them to remove as many as 60 different points of drag in comparison with the previous model. This means that the new Malibu is anticipated to be one of the most aerodynamic cars in this market. For some models in the North American market, the Malibu is available with electrical, integrated shutters, which enhance aerodynamics and increase fuel efficiency.