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New Chevrolet Malibu goes on sales in South Korea first

By SYF77 on 10 Oct 2011

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The all-new eighth generation Chevrolet Malibu is a historical model, being the first vehicle in the American automaker’s 35-year long history to be offered globally but also the first to launch outside the United States. Local production will begin later in October at GM Korea’s Bupyeong manufacturing plant while sales are scheduled to start on 1 November.

“Korea is the first country to produce and sell the all-new Malibu,” commented GM Korea President and CEO Mike Arcamone. “With expressive styling, a comfortable cabin, outstanding ride and handling, and top-notch safety, it will exceed the expectations of consumers.” The 4865mm-long 2012 Malibu is offered in South Korea with a choice of two four-cylinder Ecotec petrol engines, both linked to an automatic transmission (6 Speed I guess). The entry-level 2.0-liter unit is rated at 141hp and delivers a combined fuel economy of 12.4km/L, while the larger displacement 2.4-liter engine produces 178hp and returns a fuel economy of 11.8km/L. Personally, I would rather have the Astra’s 180hp, 1.6-litre turbo under its bonnet. The top-of-the range model could be equipped with the Insignia’s 220hp, 2.0-litre turbo. Hope this suggestion would come true one day.

Design-wise, it is not as adventurous as its Korean counterparts, namely the Hyundai Sonata and Kia Optima. In Korea, the Sonata is offered with the option of the company’s latest 2.0-litre 271hp GDI Turbo power plant. Fuel consumption is rated at 12.8km/L, which triumphs the figure of the less powerful Malibu. For the Malibu to be successful in South Korea, I guess it has to be aggressive on its pricing and offer a buffet of standard equipment to make up for its less impressive engines.
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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.



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Skunk Oct 10 2011 04:03 PM
"goes on sale", not "sales"
SYF77 Oct 10 2011 04:37 PM
Hi Skunk,

Thanks for pointing out the spelling error.
GrandCruiser Oct 12 2011 02:30 PM
2.0L with 141hp? That's a far cry to K5 Optima's 165bp.
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