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31st March, 2011

General Motors will have an all-new Malibu for the world when the Chevrolet brand unveils it at the 2011 Shanghai Motor Show on 19th April.

This new model will replace the Holden Epica (Chevrolet Epica in some markets) as the new mid-size GM car for global markets.

“This Malibu takes Chevrolet’s established and award-winning nameplate to new places and introduces it to new audiences around the world,” said Rick Scheidt, vice president of Chevrolet. “Whether the Malibu is sold in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, or Australia, it has been engineered from the ground up to meet the needs of customers around the world.”

The Malibu will feature a global family of fuel-efficient and powerful four-cylinder engines, along with six-speed transmissions that also contribute to efficient performance. The Malibu was designed to stand out in all markets around the globe, while its European-inspired driving characteristics were engineered to challenge the best in its class. Like the Epica, the new Malibu will be sold globally. It will be sold in over 90 countries on six continents and built in multiple locations, including China and two facilities in the United States.

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“We look forward to offering the new Malibu to our customers across China," said Kevin Wale, president and managing director of the GM China Group. “The Malibu fully embodies Chevrolet's tradition of dynamic styling, superior handling and outstanding fuel efficiency. It will address growing domestic demand in the upper-medium segment, especially among younger car buyers."

Holden will bring the Malibu nameplate to Australia for the first time in 2012 with a line-up of four cylinder engines.

Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mike Devereux said the Chevrolet Malibu gave an indication of what to expect from Holden when it launches its version of the next-generation mid-sized GM sedan.

“The Malibu will play an important role within the Holden line-up, providing a spacious and efficient four-cylinder alternative for Australian customers.” Mr Devereux said.

Next Car will have the details on the new Malibu within weeks.


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