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Chevy Teases Next-Gen Malibu

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On: Sat, Apr 2, 2011 at 11:33AM | By: Chris Weiss

Chevy Teases Next-Gen Malibu

The 2012 Chevy Malibu is showing a little tail. Chevy released a teaser photo showcasing the driver-side taillights of the new car, in addition to a 1.5-minute video teaser. The car will be making back-to-back, worldwide appearances at the 2011 Shanghai Auto Show and the 2011 New York Auto Show, which will overlap later this month.

While the overlap of this year's Shanghai and New York shows isn't working in favor of most automakers or journalists (they're supposed to be coordinating scheduling better next year), it played right into the hands of GM/Chevy. The Malibu will be positioned as the automaker's first mid-sized global car, with Chevy planning to sell it on all continents with a population. So unveiling it on April 19 in Shanghai and then across the world here in the U.S. two days later seems like an ideal way of launching a car with such worldly ambitions. Chevy will also air an April 19 unveil on a Facebook page and via live-streaming to iPhone and iPad users.

The Malibu will join other global cars like the Volt, Cruze, and Spark. It will be offered in some 100 markets across the world.

Chevy says that in moving toward a global design, it put an emphasis on making the car more athletic and powerful in order to appeal to the diverse range of consumers that it will be attempting to reach. This is evident from the teaser photo; the square LED taillights are clearly influenced by the Chevy Camaro. From the images in the video, we can also see that the lines get a little more aggressive. Chevy also admits to widening the car and broadening the shoulders. Overall, the 2012 Malibu should look markedly sportier than the current-generation model.

Other than the limited visuals we gain from the teasers, Chevy is keeping information close to its chest. It did say, however, that the Malibu will feature updated four-cylinder engine options and six-speed transmissions.



Michigander | 10:42AM (Mon, Apr 4, 2011)

Ok - what ever it is that he is using to draw on - I want it! To be able to project drawing directly form the note pad to a 3D image would be pretty awesome.

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