The New Chevrolet Malibu: The Car You Can't Find
With $150m in their pockets, Chevy's ad men are touting the new Malibu as "The Car You Can't Ignore." Apparently the dealers can ignore it, though. I went to not one, not two, but three dealers in search of the new 'Bu. At the first, Performance Chevrolet in East Meadow, NY, they don't have any in stock. "We will have more by the end of the month." Uh, that's almost a month away. At dealer two, Robert Chevrolet in Hicksville, NY, neither the front space facing the street nor the showroom had a new Malibu (although they did have a Corvette sitting next to an Aveo). Around back they had a Malibu LS tucked away from public view. But the salesman couldn't find the keys to unlock it. "You can look in the window though." Gee, thanks. The third dealership was the charm. Charm as in lucky; the dusty dealership has all the charm of the DMV. East Hills Chevrolet Oldsmobile, in Roslyn, NY, had several Malibus in stock. I was even allowed to sit in one (Egad!). Just goes to show: it doesn't really matter how good the car is when the dealers bite.
Funny how GM Canada can't even bother with full specs or pricing on their website. Just a "coming this fall" (uh, guys, we're halfway through the season already) and the usual marketing bumpf. Not that I'd buy one anyway. Yet another car that doesn't seem to offer a manual tranny. At least not in any of the (very limited) photo gallery shots.
Apparently Chevy's ad agency can't get their hands on one either. All of the TV ads I've seen where they actually show what the car looks like use computer-generated pictures of the car instead of the real thing.
No manual tranny, and a 4-speed auto mated to the 4 cyl ... Did I also hear that that tranny is to be built in China (until a domestic plant comes on line?). I don't trust GM auto trannies to begin with; one made in the "Land of Misfit Toys" is even worse.