Local testing for Holden Malibu
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26th July, 2012
Holden is getting closer to launching GM's new mid-sized sedan, the
Malibu, with the local arrival of a number of vehicles for engineering purposes.
The early production Holden Malibus are in Melbourne for months of rigorous local and global development and
validation work ahead of the vehicle’s Australian launch in 2013.
Holden engineers are responsible for determining a unique vehicle dynamics package including suspension tuning for
local customers, and transmission calibrations for the local and global market.
The work is being carried out through extensive evaluation testing at Holden’s proving ground in Lang Lang and
numerous verification drives on Victorian public roads.
Holden Director of Integration and Safety, Ian Butler said it was great for Holden engineers to get their hands on
these vehicles so they could continue to tailor the vehicle to Australian customers’ tastes.
“Our engineers have paid close attention to the vehicle’s driving dynamics, ride and handling, suspension and
comfort so Malibu will be sure to meet the discerning needs of drivers in this competitive segment,” Mr Butler
“This is a fantastic global car but, of course, we want to make sure that it goes on sale with plenty of Holden
input to ensure it suits Australia's unique and varied road conditions.”