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GM Introduces New Malibu; Hybrid Model to Come this Year

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GM’s currently announced production hybrid timeline. Click to enlarge.

At the introduction of the redesigned 2008 Malibu today at the North American International Auto Show, Chevrolet General Manager Ed Peper confirmed that a hybrid version will be introduced with the start of production later this year.

The Malibu hybrid will use the GM Hybrid System already applied in the Saturn VUE Green Line SUV and Saturn Aura Green Line sedan hybrids. The GM Hybrid Belt Alternator Starter (BAS) system in the Green Line vehicles combines an electric motor/generator with a 2.4L Ecotec VVT four-cylinder engine, Hydra-Matic 4T45 four-speed transmission and Cobasys 36V NiMH battery pack. (Earlier post).

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The 2008 Malibu.

The non-hybrid models of the new 2008 Malibu offer either a 2.4L Ecotec DOHC four-cylinder engine or a 3.6L DOHC V-6 with variable valve timing (VVT). A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with the V-6 and is offered with the 2.4L four-cylinder—a segment first.

The 2.4L Ecotec DOHC four-cylinder engine is rated at 164 horsepower (122 kW) and delivers an estimated 31 mpg in highway driving. The available 3.6L V-6 VVT is an all-aluminum DOHC engine that uses variable valve technology to produce 252 hp (188 kW) while delivering an estimated 26 mpg in highway driving.

Comments

Mike Judd

I think this is a totally bogus attempt by GM to appear green. My 2001 V-6 Malibu gets 30-32 mpg on the road and well over 22 mpg in town. Where is the hybrid gain? I have driven Toyota's Prius over many mountain passes in the west and never got less than 50 mpg. How sad that the US was once a leader in technology and innovation in the world. This is the best that America can offer? Detroit does not deserve to survive and we may as well all practice our Mandarin and Hindi now. It is BTW great fun to contemplate plugging in your electric car to recharge its batteries until you take a look at the coal fired plant that is supplying the power. If you prefer 'clean' nuclear plants please include your address so that the industry can begin shipping their 'spent nuclear waste' to your backyard. Sigh...

Bill smith

So the 2001 malibu V6 was a hybrid???????????????

Ed

Lets compare specifications, shall we?

2008 Prius (Source - Toyota web site):
Curb weight 2932 lb,
Displacement 1.5L,
Output 76 hp (67 electric),
Torque 82 lb-ft (295 electric),
Base price $22305,
Combined fuel economy 46 mpg.

2008 Malibu Hybrid (Source - Chevrolet web site):
Curb weight 3537 lb,
Displacement 2.4L,
Output 169 hp,
Torque 160 lb-ft
Base price $19345,
Combined fuel economy 27 mpg.

Pick the vehicle that meets your needs, whatever those needs may be.

Patrick

I don't see what all the hype is about a plug-in hybrids. Since the energy companies are not regulated and magically take plants down for "maintenance" during peak demands to drive prices up, what will that mean when we are all going home to plug our cars in? What is the goal? Obviously saving money is not it. The cost will just transfer from the pump to our electric bills. I hear stories of people with $400 bills during the summer months, imagine what they will be when the cars in the garage are plugged into the grid.

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