Chevrolet teases new Malibu ahead of premiere [video]

2012 Chevrolet Malibu will join the ranks of the brand's global lineup which includes models such as the Cruze and Volt

Chevrolet has released a teaser photo (and accompanying video) for the upcoming 2012 Malibu ahead of the car's global unveiling on April 19 at the Shanghai auto show.

The new Malibu will also be simultaneous revealed on Chevrolet's Facebook page and live-streamed for iPad and iPhone users.

The big splash is meant to show the arrival of the Malibu as a truly global car, bringing Chevrolet's first world-wide mid-sized offering to nearly 100 markets/countries around the world. The car's addition to the global lineup has it joining the ranks of the Cruze, Volt, Sonic/Aveo and Spark models. 

Chevrolet hasn't provided many details on the new Malibu except to say that it will be powered by up-to-date four-cylinder units and feature six-speed transmissions.

The Chevrolet Malibu is the brand's best-selling passengers car in the United States market with over 200,000 unit sales there last year (2010).

The Malibu will premiere in the United States at the New York auto show on April 21.

The car will be built in China for the ever-important Chinese market and at two facilities in the United States.

Source: Chevrolet

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Wow, the current one sure was short-lived. One thing I know for sure is that, like the Ford Edge, it will look much better than the Japanese competition. Now, whether it stands shoulder to shoulder with them in terms of quality, let alone with the Edge, I don't know, and I wouldn't honestly bet on it. As for the specifics, I don't particularly like that they gave it the Camaro's taillights. I love them, don't get me wrong, but they're the Camaro's, and should have remained so. It's not like the Dodge Charger case, where, yes, it is a sedan, but then again it does carry a name with some history to it. But the "Malibu"? Come on. Is there anything less bad ass than a Malibu? Don't try to make it so by borrowing from an actual badass car--instead of making the Malibu more badass, you're making the Camaro less badass. Also, wasn't the Impala scheduled for a redesign before the Malibu?
Apr 4, 2011 6:43 pm
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looks awesome. chevy have got it right with the new generation of cars. and good to release of world wide.
Apr 1, 2011 5:04 am
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Another Cheap and UGLY looking DUD...like all cars and designs lately...What the hell has happened to the look of Motor Cars, you know CARS, not appliances, they ALL look FUGLY!!! Maliboooo is even being exported to Australia for gods sake...what for, they already have the locally made Cruze and Commodore, the Holden Epica was a compete failure and so will this POS.
Apr 1, 2011 3:03 am
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The split chevron (yes I know the company is Chevy) grill needs to go. For too many years it has been the face of rental fleet and government fleet cars, and vague handling devices with awful interiors. The new GM needs a new look.
Apr 1, 2011 1:23 am
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Spot on mate! The Daewoo link is the real reason IMHO why Chevy needs a new corporate face double fast! However, the 3D design tool is pretty sci-fi-sick and Camaro tail lights can really give the Malibu (American Police car fodder) a wholly modern look.
Apr 4, 2011 10:45 am
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Camaro sedan? Yes please, to bad that won't be RWD.
Mar 31, 2011 8:27 pm
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American cars are looking more & more chinese!
Mar 31, 2011 7:48 pm
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Quit spending so damn much on pointless marketing! Love how he gets up after sketching the 'new' Malibu free-hand, then walks over to a three dimensional CGI hallogram model conveniently right behind him (sense the redundancy?) only to bombard us with all this professional design jargon to make us think their building an F-35 stealth fighter. Please, this won't set it apart from any other grocery getter on the market today.
Mar 31, 2011 7:01 pm
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That's some neat 3D design tool in the video... New Malibu looks good
Mar 31, 2011 4:13 pm
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It looks very promising from the sketches! We'll have to wait and see if the production model of the Malibu actually lives up to what the designer is claiming.
Mar 31, 2011 3:19 pm
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So they gave it Camaro's tail lights. Good move imo coz the tail lights of the current model is a downer.
Mar 31, 2011 1:34 pm
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Agreed... the profile of the Malibu is very well proportioned. It falls apart soon as you angle 'round back.
Mar 31, 2011 11:04 pm
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