GM Gives Away 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, Invests $174 Million In Kansas

Cameron Aubernon
by Cameron Aubernon
gm gives away 2016 chevrolet malibu invests 174 million in kansas

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 delivered severe injuries to his arms and legs while on patrol in Baghdad in 2005. Brining is currently a financial advisor for a local credit union near Overland Park, Kansas, 30 minutes south of where his new Malibu will be assembled later this year in nearby Fairfax.

Over the next two days, GM will select four other individuals to receive a new vehicle built in the region where they reside. The giveaways are in celebration of the automaker’s 500-millionth vehicle to leave the assembly line. Barra added her company expects to sell “more than 1,000 new vehicles per hour, 24 hours per day” during 2015, a figure that would deliver an estimated 10 million units in volume by the end of the year.

Speaking of Fairfax Assembly, Chevrolet global president Alan Batey announced the plant would receive a $174-million investment for new equipment and technology to help assemble the 2016 Malibu. The investment is part of GM’s overall $5.4-billion investment scheme to help improve its standing for years to come. Monday’s announcement follows the first one made last week in Michigan, where three facilities will split $783.5 million for similar improvements.

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  • Paddan Paddan on May 05, 2015

    Too bad it's not a 5 door hatchback. It would work well with its exterior lines. And be unusual in its class.

  • Carrera Carrera on May 05, 2015

    I like this new style. I think it is kind of hot. I do like the new Impala a lot, particularly in LTZ trim. This almost looks like a baby Impala, crossed with a 200.

  • Shaker Shaker on May 05, 2015

    I think that this is a half-size up from the 200, which is where that styling needs to be. The 200 looks great, but the longer I look at them, the more I think "Dart".

  • VW4motion VW4motion on May 05, 2015

    Put a different badge on this car and some would be falling over themselves on the brilliance of design. Call it a Lexus or Infiniti and there would be no comparing it to ones childhood best friend Pokemon, it would be labeled as another leader in that brand. Bottom line, the new Malibu is a great looking car, and will probably be quieter then any other sedan made in it's price range.