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.

  • Redapple2 H-K Styling. May not be my cup of tea but they re trying. Gripe. This would be a deal breaker. Door cut out - seat postion - 'B' pillar. I m over 6'. So the driver's seat is towards full back position. Rental Equinox last week. 1100 miles. The seat bottom to seat back point was 8 inches behind and around the 'B' pillar. I had to be contortionist to get in and out of the car. Brutal POS. Wife's Forester? Nearly equal/flush. I ve never seen 1 car review where they complain about this.
  • Lou_BC In my town the dealers are bad for marking up products, even pickups. There were multiple "mega-projects" on the go in my region so money was flowing fast and loose both by corporations and employees. All of that is coming to an end plus we've seen a pulpmill close, one pulpmill line close and a few sawmill closures. Cash is getting tight.
  • Lou_BC Branding is very powerful and effective. I always get a kick out of hardcore Harley Davidson fans. The "Jap scrap" mentality exists even in Canada. I used to get derided for riding Japanese bikes. I confused a bunch of Harley guys once when I pointed out that in Canada, Harley is just as much as a foreign import as Yamaha. They tried to argue that a Harley made in USA was not a foreign made bike. The cognitive dissonance made me laugh.
  • Ajla It's weird how surveys come to conclusions like this when about 100% of the responses then mock the results as ridiculous.
  • Jkross22 It very much depends on the dealer. Just bought a replacement for the CX9. A local dealer gave a $500 discount on a CPO car while another one gave a few thousand dollar discount but was out of the area and we had to drive 5 hours to get. The local dealer still seems to think it's 2022 and cars appreciate when sitting on the lot. I wish them luck.