Sunset on Malibu: Another Sedan Headed to Graveyard

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

As mentioned  yesterday in a story dug up by our Managing Ed, spox at General Motors have confirmed the venerable Malibu isn’t long for this world. But, hey – there’s a new paint shade for 2025.

We know, we know; hold your excitement. According to the brand’s fleet order guide, the 2025 Malibu will be offered in Night Shade Metallic, though a compact spare tire will not be available with an FDR order type which is a reference to Fleet Daily Rental and not a former president of the United States.

This is clearly the type of heady information which keeps the B&B clicking on our website.

Recall the Malibu hasn’t had any meaningful updates since Adam was an oakum picker, powered solely by the 1.5-liter turbocharged engine making 163 horsepower and 184 lb-ft of torque funneled to the earth via a CVT. Even headed into this, its final model year, there are a quartet of trims (LS, RS, 1LT, 2LT) plus an LS for fleet customers which relegates otherwise standard features like the Driver Confidence Package to an options sheet. Guess they figure rental drivers are confident enough already (actually, it’s rear park assist and some other minor tripe which would actually be handy given the abuse some rentals endure).

Back on the shop floor, GM says production of the Malibu will end in November 2024, making way for assembly of the next-gen Chevy Bolt. The little Cadillac XT4 will also be impacted by this change, with production of that model being paused in January 2025 while the place is being prepped for the Bolt. The General is promising the plant will return to an online status later that calendar year, cranking out XT4s and Bolts as it sees fit to meet demand. The facility opened in 1987 to build the Grand Prix and now employs about 2,000 souls.

[Image: Chevrolet/GM]

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Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • Lorenzo Lorenzo on May 12, 2024

    Soon, the rental car lots will be filled with Kia's as far as the eye can see!

  • Chiefmonkey Chiefmonkey on May 14, 2024

    It's amazing how stingy automakers have gotten with sedans. The lack of engine options, lack of customizability, lack of sedans period... it is absolutely miserable. I want to go back to 2009 and buy a brand new Camry LE V6 or something of that sort.

  • Bob65688581 We bought zillions of German cars, despite knowing about WWII slave labor. Refusing to buy something for ideological reasons is foolish.Both the US and the EU have imposed tariffs, so the playing field is level. I'll buy the best price/quality, regardless of nationality.Another interesting question would be "Would you buy one of the many new European moderate-price EVs?" but of course they aren't sold here.Third interesting question: "Why won't Stellantis sell its best products in America?"
  • Freshblather No. Worried there will be malicious executable code built into the cars motherboard that could disable the Chinese cars in the event of hostilities between the west and China.
  • Bd2 Absolutely not - do not want to support a fascist, totalitarian regime.
  • SCE to AUX The original Capri was beautiful. The abomination from the 90s was no Capri, and neither is this.It looks good, but too similar to a Polestar. And what's with the whacked price?
  • Rover Sig Absolutely not. Ever.