The Truth About Cars » Malibu http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Wed, 04 May 2016 13:00:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 Sorry, No Impala Production For You, GM Tells Korea http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/sorry-no-impala-gm-tells-gm-korea/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/04/sorry-no-impala-gm-tells-gm-korea/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2016 18:00:55 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1319402 There are a lot of unhappy union executives in South Korea today after General Motors announced it won’t green light Chevrolet Impala production in the surging Asian market. The model will continue to be imported from GM’s Hamtramck assembly plant, despite the popularity it has shown since going on sale in September of last year. […]

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There are a lot of unhappy union executives in South Korea today after General Motors announced it won’t green light Chevrolet Impala production in the surging Asian market. The model will continue to be imported from GM’s Hamtramck assembly plant, despite the popularity it has shown since going on sale in September of last year. […]

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Rental Review: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/rental-review-2016-chevrolet-malibu-ltz/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/03/rental-review-2016-chevrolet-malibu-ltz/#comments Mon, 14 Mar 2016 15:00:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1298370 “Would you like a Ford Fusion or a Chevrolet Malibu?” “Is it the new Malibu?” “Absolutely. I’ll pull it around.” “This isn’t the new Malibu.” “It’s a 2016.” “There’s a newer Malibu than this. Let’s take a look. Well, at least it’s an LTZ. And I just need it for a quick trip to Pittsburgh […]

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“Would you like a Ford Fusion or a Chevrolet Malibu?” “Is it the new Malibu?” “Absolutely. I’ll pull it around.” “This isn’t the new Malibu.” “It’s a 2016.” “There’s a newer Malibu than this. Let’s take a look. Well, at least it’s an LTZ. And I just need it for a quick trip to Pittsburgh […]

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Junkyard Find: 2006 Chevrolet Malibu Maxx http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-2006-chevrolet-malibu-maxx/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/junkyard-find-2006-chevrolet-malibu-maxx/#comments Fri, 19 Feb 2016 13:00:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1286922 The Malibu Maxx was a funny looking, crypto-station-wagon version of the 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu (which was itself based on the Opel Vectra C). It sold poorly and is now largely forgotten, which makes it exactly the kind of junkyard car I like to find. Yes, obscure sales flops in the junkyard have stories to tell! […]

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The Malibu Maxx was a funny looking, crypto-station-wagon version of the 2004-2007 Chevrolet Malibu (which was itself based on the Opel Vectra C). It sold poorly and is now largely forgotten, which makes it exactly the kind of junkyard car I like to find. Yes, obscure sales flops in the junkyard have stories to tell! […]

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TTAC News Round-up: Chevy Hot to Sell You a Sedan, Volvo’s V90 Peek and Cheap Gas http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-news-round-chevy-hot-sell-sedan-volvos-v90-peek-cheap-gas/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/01/ttac-news-round-chevy-hot-sell-sedan-volvos-v90-peek-cheap-gas/#comments Mon, 04 Jan 2016 17:00:01 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1256737 “What do I gotta do to get you to drive out of here in a brand-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu today?” That, Ford and Google are moving to the country, Hyundai halts in China and Volvo’s wagon spied in some guy’s garage … after the break! Chevrolet needs to move these sedans, folks Automotive News reported that […]

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“What do I gotta do to get you to drive out of here in a brand-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu today?” That, Ford and Google are moving to the country, Hyundai halts in China and Volvo’s wagon spied in some guy’s garage … after the break! Chevrolet needs to move these sedans, folks Automotive News reported that […]

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Priced At $28,645, Nation Furrows Brow http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/2016-chevrolet-malibu-hybrid-priced-28645-nation-furrows-brow/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/2016-chevrolet-malibu-hybrid-priced-28645-nation-furrows-brow/#comments Fri, 11 Dec 2015 21:30:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1240681 Chevrolet announced this week that its hybridized version of the mid-sized Malibu would start at $28,645 including destination, for a fuel-sipping, 48 city-mpg, long-legged miler with all kinds of good looks. Those are the facts. Also true: the Ford Fusion Hybrid is $3,585 less expensive (although it only manages 41 mpg in the city), the […]

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Chevrolet announced this week that its hybridized version of the mid-sized Malibu would start at $28,645 including destination, for a fuel-sipping, 48 city-mpg, long-legged miler with all kinds of good looks. Those are the facts. Also true: the Ford Fusion Hybrid is $3,585 less expensive (although it only manages 41 mpg in the city), the […]

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Here Are The North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year Finalists, Let’s Make a Bet http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/north-american-car-truckutility-year-finalists-lets-make-bet/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/12/north-american-car-truckutility-year-finalists-lets-make-bet/#comments Tue, 08 Dec 2015 21:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1238089 The North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year finalists were announced Tuesday and clearly the jurors read our September handicap — and completely mostly disregarded our odds. According to jurors, the finalists for 2016 North American Car of the Year are the Honda Civic, Chevrolet Malibu and Mazda MX-5 Miata. The finalists for the […]

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The North American Car and Truck/Utility of the Year finalists were announced Tuesday and clearly the jurors read our September handicap — and completely mostly disregarded our odds. According to jurors, the finalists for 2016 North American Car of the Year are the Honda Civic, Chevrolet Malibu and Mazda MX-5 Miata. The finalists for the […]

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General Motors Adding More Workers To Volt Plant http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/general-motors-adding-more-workers-to-volt-plant/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/general-motors-adding-more-workers-to-volt-plant/#comments Thu, 22 Oct 2015 16:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1202825 General Motors announced Thursday that it would add a second shift to a flexible Detroit plant to prepare for upcoming demand for its cars. GM will add roughly 1,200 jobs to Detroit-Hamtramck this year to help it build new models, the automaker said in a statement. The plant builds the Chevrolet Volt, Impala and Malibu and […]

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General Motors announced Thursday that it would add a second shift to a flexible Detroit plant to prepare for upcoming demand for its cars. GM will add roughly 1,200 jobs to Detroit-Hamtramck this year to help it build new models, the automaker said in a statement. The plant builds the Chevrolet Volt, Impala and Malibu and […]

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New 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Starts at $22,500 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/new-2016-chevrolet-malibu-starts-22500/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/new-2016-chevrolet-malibu-starts-22500/#comments Thu, 10 Sep 2015 19:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1166482 Chevrolet will sell its next-generation Malibu for $22,500, including delivery, the automaker announced Thursday. The pricing for the sedan, which sports a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 2-liter turbo four or a hybrid powertrain, is aggressive in a difficult sales world for mid-size sedans. The base model L undercuts nearly all of its competition, which includes the […]

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Chevrolet will sell its next-generation Malibu for $22,500, including delivery, the automaker announced Thursday. The pricing for the sedan, which sports a 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 2-liter turbo four or a hybrid powertrain, is aggressive in a difficult sales world for mid-size sedans. The base model L undercuts nearly all of its competition, which includes the […]

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This Year Could Be the Biggest Car-buying Year in 15 Years http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/year-biggest-car-buying-year-15-years/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/08/year-biggest-car-buying-year-15-years/#comments Mon, 10 Aug 2015 20:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1137538 Automakers could sell more than 17 million new cars and trucks in the U.S. this year, approaching the sales record set in 2000 of 17.4 million, Automotive News is reporting. Analysts raised their forecasts after a strong July for automakers and new cars that will be reaching showrooms in high-selling segments by the end of the […]

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Automakers could sell more than 17 million new cars and trucks in the U.S. this year, approaching the sales record set in 2000 of 17.4 million, Automotive News is reporting. Analysts raised their forecasts after a strong July for automakers and new cars that will be reaching showrooms in high-selling segments by the end of the […]

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Honda Accord, Toyota Camry Will Get Turbo Fours Soon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/honda-accord-toyota-camry-will-get-turbo-fours-soon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/honda-accord-toyota-camry-will-get-turbo-fours-soon/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 19:00:41 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1128169 The best-selling mid-size sedans in the United States will catch up to their competition by offering boosted fours under their hoods soon, Automotive News is reporting (via Car & Driver). The long-running Camry will replace its six-cylinder engine with the turbo four, though the Accord is likely to use a new, smaller, boosted four pot to replace its base […]

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The best-selling mid-size sedans in the United States will catch up to their competition by offering boosted fours under their hoods soon, Automotive News is reporting (via Car & Driver). The long-running Camry will replace its six-cylinder engine with the turbo four, though the Accord is likely to use a new, smaller, boosted four pot to replace its base […]

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Instead of Mid-engined ‘Vette, Expect a New Malibu in 2016 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/instead-mid-engined-vette-expect-new-malibu-2016/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/07/instead-mid-engined-vette-expect-new-malibu-2016/#comments Wed, 22 Jul 2015 22:00:13 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1123513 Next year for General Motors could be defined by a new lower, longer Spark, production starting on the Bolt and a convertible Camaro, according to Automotive News’ facts and factoids department. The automotive publication posted a speculative timeline of cars that may or may not be in GM’s future, including fuzzy details on a mid-engined Corvette that […]

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Next year for General Motors could be defined by a new lower, longer Spark, production starting on the Bolt and a convertible Camaro, according to Automotive News’ facts and factoids department. The automotive publication posted a speculative timeline of cars that may or may not be in GM’s future, including fuzzy details on a mid-engined Corvette that […]

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2016 Chevrolet Volt On Sale In California, Google, Apple Systems Coming This Summer http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/2016-chevrolet-volt-on-sale-in-california-google-apple-systems-coming-this-summer/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/2016-chevrolet-volt-on-sale-in-california-google-apple-systems-coming-this-summer/#comments Thu, 28 May 2015 20:00:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1077578 California consumers will be the first to buy the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, which will have Google’s and Apple’s infotainment systems beginning this summer. The second-gen PHEV is available for ordering in California starting Thursday, Inside EVs reports, with deliveries set for August. Oregon and the Northeast will join in late August with delivery in early […]

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California consumers will be the first to buy the 2016 Chevrolet Volt, which will have Google’s and Apple’s infotainment systems beginning this summer. The second-gen PHEV is available for ordering in California starting Thursday, Inside EVs reports, with deliveries set for August. Oregon and the Northeast will join in late August with delivery in early […]

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GM Gives Away 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, Invests $174 Million In Kansas http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/gm-gives-away-2016-chevrolet-malibu-invests-174-million-kansas/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/05/gm-gives-away-2016-chevrolet-malibu-invests-174-million-kansas/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 18:00:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1060954 In celebration of a key milestone, General Motors CEO Mary Barra gave away a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Monday, a feat that could never happen with the old Malibu, even with Oprah’s help. The Malibu was given to retired U.S. Army corporal and Purple Heart recipient Trent Brining, who received his medal when a rocket-propelled grenade […]

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In celebration of a key milestone, General Motors CEO Mary Barra gave away a 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Monday, a feat that could never happen with the old Malibu, even with Oprah’s help. The Malibu was given to retired U.S. Army corporal and Purple Heart recipient Trent Brining, who received his medal when a rocket-propelled grenade […]

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2015 Chevrolet Malibu LT Rental Car Review http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/rental-review-2015-chevrolet-malibu-lt/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/rental-review-2015-chevrolet-malibu-lt/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 12:30:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1052513 He was a nice young man working the Enterprise counter, but I wasn’t buying his upgrade spiel. “Ya know, if you’re going to Joliet, there will be a lot of big trucks on the highway, I can upgrade you to a full size for just $15.”  Thanks, but no thanks, I will take my Kia and […]

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He was a nice young man working the Enterprise counter, but I wasn’t buying his upgrade spiel. “Ya know, if you’re going to Joliet, there will be a lot of big trucks on the highway, I can upgrade you to a full size for just $15.”  Thanks, but no thanks, I will take my Kia and […]

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NYIAS 2015: 2016 Chevrolet Malibu Teased Again Prior To Show http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/nyias-2015-2016-chevrolet-malibu-teased-prior-show/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/03/nyias-2015-2016-chevrolet-malibu-teased-prior-show/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 12:00:02 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1020433 It was teased earlier, and now the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is teased again, this time in anti-spy camo. AutoGuide reports the photo above shows the new Malibu undergoing wind-tunnel testing, part of the vehicle’s overall 1.5-million-mile stress test. General Motors adds that the new model will lose 300 pounds and gain 4 inches in its […]

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It was teased earlier, and now the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu is teased again, this time in anti-spy camo. AutoGuide reports the photo above shows the new Malibu undergoing wind-tunnel testing, part of the vehicle’s overall 1.5-million-mile stress test. General Motors adds that the new model will lose 300 pounds and gain 4 inches in its […]

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Reuters: GM Ignition Woes Came As Early As 1997 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/reuters-gm-ignition-woes-came-as-early-as-1997/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/07/reuters-gm-ignition-woes-came-as-early-as-1997/#comments Fri, 04 Jul 2014 12:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=858601 It may have taken nearly 14 years for one ignition switch issue to finally find attention, but General Motors’ ignition woes go as far back as 1997, when Chevrolet Malibu owners had their own switch problems. Reuters reports one of the earliest complaints filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was in April of […]

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It may have taken nearly 14 years for one ignition switch issue to finally find attention, but General Motors’ ignition woes go as far back as 1997, when Chevrolet Malibu owners had their own switch problems. Reuters reports one of the earliest complaints filed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration was in April of […]

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GM Divides Engineering Division, Faces More Recall Woes http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/gm-divides-engineering-division-faces-more-recall-woes/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/04/gm-divides-engineering-division-faces-more-recall-woes/#comments Wed, 23 Apr 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=808602 Automotive News reports General Motors has split its engineering division in two, with executives Ken Kezler and Kenneth Morris becoming vice presidents of global vehicle components and subsystems and global product integrity, respectively. The split also means vice president of (what was) global vehicle engineering, John Calabrese will retire, though the retirement is alleged to […]

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Automotive News reports General Motors has split its engineering division in two, with executives Ken Kezler and Kenneth Morris becoming vice presidents of global vehicle components and subsystems and global product integrity, respectively. The split also means vice president of (what was) global vehicle engineering, John Calabrese will retire, though the retirement is alleged to […]

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Piston Slap: Mali-blewin’ over Tight Panther Legroom? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/piston-slap-mali-blewin-over-tight-panther-legroom/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/piston-slap-mali-blewin-over-tight-panther-legroom/#comments Tue, 13 Aug 2013 11:47:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=499064 Joshua writes: I am coming out of the throes of a mid-life crisis that caused me to replace a workable Mazda 5 several years ago with a sleek-looking Honda Civic coupe. Now that my boys are getting older, rear space room in the Honda is starting to become an issue, so I am looking to […]

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Joshua writes: I am coming out of the throes of a mid-life crisis that caused me to replace a workable Mazda 5 several years ago with a sleek-looking Honda Civic coupe. Now that my boys are getting older, rear space room in the Honda is starting to become an issue, so I am looking to […]

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You’re Going To Like The Way You Look In A Malibu Turbo http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/youre-going-to-like-the-way-you-look-in-a-malibu-turbo/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/09/youre-going-to-like-the-way-you-look-in-a-malibu-turbo/#comments Fri, 21 Sep 2012 19:44:03 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=461216 Hey kids! Are you feeling nostalgic for the old Celebrity Eurosport? Well then — line right up! Although the Malibu Turbo is coming to market about two years behind the Hyundai Sonata Turbo and Kia Optima Turbo, it does make less power than either and it also has less room in the trunk and rear […]

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Hey kids! Are you feeling nostalgic for the old Celebrity Eurosport? Well then — line right up! Although the Malibu Turbo is coming to market about two years behind the Hyundai Sonata Turbo and Kia Optima Turbo, it does make less power than either and it also has less room in the trunk and rear […]

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GM Deathwatch Part 1! This Time, It’s Forbes Doing The Countdown http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/gm-deathwatch-part-1-this-time-its-forbes-doing-the-countdown/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/gm-deathwatch-part-1-this-time-its-forbes-doing-the-countdown/#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2012 14:49:56 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457198 “President Obama is proud of his bailout of General Motors. That’s good, because, if he wins a second term, he is probably going to have to bail GM out again.” Sounds like our august founder, Robert Farago, sounding off about American Leyland the New GM. Nope, it’s Forbes this time, and they come to bury […]

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“President Obama is proud of his bailout of General Motors. That’s good, because, if he wins a second term, he is probably going to have to bail GM out again.” Sounds like our august founder, Robert Farago, sounding off about American Leyland the New GM. Nope, it’s Forbes this time, and they come to bury […]

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Review: 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/review-2013-chevrolet-malibu-eco/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/review-2013-chevrolet-malibu-eco/#comments Fri, 16 Dec 2011 00:35:04 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=422547 Through the mid-1980s, General Motors essentially owned the midsize sedan market. This dominance was ended by the original Ford Taurus, and GM’s position sunk further with the rise of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry to the top two spots. In recent years the Fusion has replaced the Taurus, while Nissan, Hyundai, and (for 2012) […]

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Through the mid-1980s, General Motors essentially owned the midsize sedan market. This dominance was ended by the original Ford Taurus, and GM’s position sunk further with the rise of the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry to the top two spots. In recent years the Fusion has replaced the Taurus, while Nissan, Hyundai, and (for 2012) […]

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Review: 2012 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/review-2012-chevrolet-malibu-ltz/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/12/review-2012-chevrolet-malibu-ltz/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2011 14:35:57 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=420173   Avoiding the usual Auto Journo networking opportunities like the plague leaves me with the road test equivalent of everyone’s sloppy seconds.  But there’s a good story behind a nearly dead model, unless we are talkin’ about the Chevy Malibu. Without the charms of a 6th gen Honda Civic or Panther Love (‘natch) this whip’s […]

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  Avoiding the usual Auto Journo networking opportunities like the plague leaves me with the road test equivalent of everyone’s sloppy seconds.  But there’s a good story behind a nearly dead model, unless we are talkin’ about the Chevy Malibu. Without the charms of a 6th gen Honda Civic or Panther Love (‘natch) this whip’s […]

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As The World Shrinks: 2013 Chevy Malibu Debuts In Korea http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/malibus-korean-debut/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/10/malibus-korean-debut/#comments Wed, 05 Oct 2011 15:08:26 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=413556 Like the Chevrolet Cruze before it, the new Malibu was supposed to debut in Korea (probably as a Daewoo) a good year before it arrived in the US. But a few things have changed in GM’s relationship with its Korean unit, no longer called Daewoo but GM Korea. The Daewoo brand is gone, for one, […]

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Like the Chevrolet Cruze before it, the new Malibu was supposed to debut in Korea (probably as a Daewoo) a good year before it arrived in the US. But a few things have changed in GM’s relationship with its Korean unit, no longer called Daewoo but GM Korea. The Daewoo brand is gone, for one, […]

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New or Used: Wants, Needs and Bathwater http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/new-or-used-wants-needs-and-bathwater/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/new-or-used-wants-needs-and-bathwater/#comments Tue, 30 Aug 2011 18:14:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=409271 Steven writes: Sajeev and Steve, I have a 2001 Volvo XC wagon, that has about 175 k on it, the car is in pretty good shape, had the tranny replaced before I got it, I have put about 4k in since Jan, the real problem is it gets about 22 MPG with 90% highway, all […]

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Steven writes: Sajeev and Steve, I have a 2001 Volvo XC wagon, that has about 175 k on it, the car is in pretty good shape, had the tranny replaced before I got it, I have put about 4k in since Jan, the real problem is it gets about 22 MPG with 90% highway, all […]

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New or Used: MAXX-ing out Mom’s Next Wagon http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/new-or-used-maxx-ing-out-moms-next-wagon/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/06/new-or-used-maxx-ing-out-moms-next-wagon/#comments Thu, 02 Jun 2011 16:52:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=396296 Michael writes: My mom’s 1998 V70 with 215k miles is starting to leak coolant, with no major puddles on the ground.  I told them to look at the oil to see if there were any signs of the coolant in the oil.  I personally think the time with the Volvo is almost over as the […]

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Michael writes: My mom’s 1998 V70 with 215k miles is starting to leak coolant, with no major puddles on the ground.  I told them to look at the oil to see if there were any signs of the coolant in the oil.  I personally think the time with the Volvo is almost over as the […]

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