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The Malibu Eco is the first model of the all-new 2013 Malibu lineup to reach
dealer showrooms in North America, starting in the first quarter of 2012. It has
an MSRP of $25,995, including a $760 destination charge. The new Malibu is
Chevrolet's first global midsize sedan and will be sold in nearly 100 countries
on six continents.
"The Malibu Eco is a smart choice for customers who want a great looking car
inside and out with excellent fuel economy, but without the higher price of some
hybrid sedans," said Russ Clark, director of Chevrolet marketing. "In short,
it's an incredible value."
The exterior of the Eco - and all Malibu models - has a coupe-like silhouette
and carries design DNA from Camaro to bring a sporty sensibility to the family
A wide stance, broad shoulders, a powerdome hood and an integrated rear spoiler
bring a new athleticism to Malibu and give it a more aggressive, planted and
sporty appearance. The new Malibu has a 4.5-inch (114 mm) shorter wheelbase and
62-inch (1,574 mm) front and rear tracks that are more than 2 inches (51 mm)
wider than the model it replaces.
Malibu Eco exterior design cues also include Chevrolet's dual-port grille, large
swept-back projector HID headlamps with three-dimensional execution, larger
Chevrolet bowtie badges front and rear, taillamps inspired by the Camaro and a
single hidden exhaust outlet. The look is complemented by standard 17-inch alloy
wheels and low-rolling-resistance Goodyear tires.
An aerodynamically optimized design and smart use of fuel-saving technologies
helps the Malibu Eco be Chevy's most fuel-efficient midsize ever, as engineers
removed about 60 counts of wind drag from the 2013 Malibu's design, compared to
Malibu Eco is among the first vehicles in the midsize segment with a standard
fuel-saving, active shutter system. Located in the lower grille, the Malibu
Eco's active shutter system automatically closes airflow through the lower
intake opening when air intake is least needed. When closed, the shutter system
enhances aero performance by redirecting airflow around the front of the vehicle
and down the sides, rather than through it. The shutter is open or closed based
on engine coolant temperature and speed. For example, the shutters open when the
car is traveling up a hill, pulling a trailer, or in hot city driving; the
shutters close at highway speeds when less engine cooling is required.
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