Four Things You Didn’t Know About the Chevy Malibu
When the 2016 Chevy Malibu hit the scene a few months ago, it surprised the auto world with notable improvements on a time-honored but aging model. With a few key improvements, Chevy was able to take an average four-door sedan and update it to a sleek, sporty mid-size.
With all of these improvements, of course, some are bound to slip through the cracks as others shine. Here are a couple things you probably didn’t know about the Chevy Malibu:
1. This its ninth generation spread over more than 50 years
When Chevrolet first introduced the Malibu in 1964, the name conjured classic Sixties images of the beach, surfing and having fun. The model was an instant classic, selling over 200,000 in the first year alone. The first four models enjoyed immense popularity from the sixties to the early eighties before a fourteen-year hiatus, only to be re-introduced in 1997. Upon re-launch, now outfitted with front-wheel drive, the Malibu experienced a resurgence in popularity. Chevy continued to build and improve the Malibu through the 90’s and 2000’s through four more iterations – eventually reaching the new 2016 Chevy Malibu, its ninth generation. Technically, the Malibu could qualify for an AARP card – but you wouldn’t know it by looking at the 2016 Malibu.
2. The Chevy Malibu has won over 20 NASCAR titles
At the height of its initial popularity – from 1973 to 1983 – the Malibu was actually used extensively as a model for NASCAR vehicles, especially the highly regarded Laguna S-3 variant. With this vehicle NASCAR legend Cale Yarborough won 20 races between 1975-77, winning the overall NASCAR championship in 1977. Being only eligible for racing for three years as a NASCAR rule, the Laguna S-3 was retired in the late 70’s and replaced in 1981 with a smaller Malibu body. Driver Dave Marcis drove this Malibu for two years, winning the Richmond 400 in 1982 – the last win for an independent Malibu driver.
3. The 2016 Chevy Malibu is the first car to offer a Teen Driver feature
For the first time, concerned parents can rest easy when their teenagers drive a 2016 Chevy Malibu. With the new Teen Driver software included in the 2016 Malibu, parents can enter a special PIN and make sure their teen is safe by monitoring driving, setting speed-limit warnings and maximum audio levels. With this unprecedented level of control, parents can make sure their teen – and their Malibu – are staying as safe as possible on the road.
4. With the new 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid, you can go an estimated 48 MPG city
Outfitted with Start-Stop technology to automatically shut off the gasoline engine in the event of a full stop, the 2016 Malibu pushes the limit for what a hybrid can achieve. In fact, using advanced fuel-saving technology where the engine automatically switches from gas to electric mode (or uses both, depending on the required power), the Malibu manages to be one of the more fuel efficient mid-sized hybrids on the road compared to its competitors.
Impressed with the Malibu’s abilities? If you’d like to take a look at one for yourself, head over to your local Chevrolet dealer and take a look at the new 2016 Chevy Malibu for yourself. Who knows? Maybe you’ll discover something you didn’t know before.