Chevrolet Malibu to get an emergency facelift - report

2013 Chevrolet Malibu - 20.9.2011
2013 Chevrolet Malibu - 20.9.2011

Updated model will debut late next year

The Chevrolet Malibu is still relatively new, but soft sales have pushed the automaker to give the sedan an emergency facelift to boost consumer interest.

Speaking with Automotive News, GM CEO Dan Akerson said "We are going to do a mid-cycle enhancement, not dramatic, by this time next year." He added that the model would have a revised front fascia so expect it to adopt a new grille which echoes the 2013 Traverse and 2014 Impala.

Despite saying the changes will be relatively minor, Akerson insisted the Malibu is a "good car" and "it'll do okay."

Ironically, there was no mention of the Malibu's botched U.S. launch strategy which saw the pricey Eco variant going on sale several months ahead of more affordable alternatives.

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eddie eddie
I live on Maui, Hawaii and just about every other car is a rental Malibu or Camaro. The Malibu is more the same but if they made the facelift right it could be more a hit maybe outside the rental car arena.
Dec 7th, 2012 7:27am
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tazcubed tazcubed
First was Honda with the Civic, now GM with the Malibu with the quickie makeover. Gee, are the manufacturers starting to get the message it's not impossible to generate sales simply by making cars not fugly? (Now, as for the other WCF article about ugly cars from Nissan and Fiat...please add in a slew of other cars including the Nissan Juke and BMW 5GT).
Dec 7th, 2012 4:29am
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Sylvester Sylvester
Emergency facelift!...ok. I guess this is new car speak.
Dec 7th, 2012 3:46am
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cargogh cargogh
I really liked the previous body. It was plain, but classy, especially when compared to that protruding plastic of Camry/Accord headlamps. I even hoped that GM would introduce a 2-door. Malibus once had coupes, and there would be similarities to an A5 at the C pillar. But the 2012s just looked cheap.
Dec 7th, 2012 2:19am
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MartinTodorov MartinTodorov
I guess you saw the US version. The front of the car is almost the same, but the rear is completely different. Edit: I was in the USA this summer and I didn't see any of the the 2013 model there. And I have never seen the 2012 model in Europe, so I thought the 2012 model is the US version and the 2013 is for the other markets :D I'm sorry. It's my fault.
Dec 7th, 2012 12:14am
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DBaskov DBaskov
You're probably right, I think this website is ran by Europeans(I'm in US), so that would make sense. And don't be surprised that you did not see one, I saw Dodge Dart and this new Malibu months at Enterprise before I started seeing them on the road (in fact I'm still not sure if I had seen the new Malibu outside Enterprise).
Dec 7th, 2012 1:25am
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Kakumbaz Kakumbaz
I think you saw the previous Malibu at enterprise, but either way, front end of old and new both look almost the same. Its only in the back that the new Malibu differs a bit, it lost the flat taillights and adopted Camaro-like taillights. The new one is also a little chubbier than the old, its more like a facelift than an entirely new model thats why its hard to tell the difference..
Dec 7th, 2012 7:14am
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DBaskov DBaskov
No, I'm pretty sure I've seen it. And yes it does look a bit bulkier than previous Malibu.
Dec 7th, 2012 10:03pm
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DBaskov DBaskov
Oddly enough I already seen the facelift months ago at Enterprise(car rental). It actually looks pretty descent in person.
Dec 7th, 2012 12:02am
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