For Release: September 1, 1996 Contact: Chevrolet/Geo Communications Phone: (800) CHEVY-MI or (810) 492-8841 Fax: (810) 492-8853
In developing Malibu, designers and engineers took a step away from computers and clay models, and went to the customer to create a car that was closely in tune with the wants and needs of Americaís most informed and discerning customers. By involving the customer, and by carefully measuring and benchmarking the competition, Chevrolet has created a product with huge potential market appeal. Malibu is, in essence, the sedan designed by America itself.
The fundamental strength of Malibu lies in the fact that it is designed with big car roominess and a sleek, trim exterior. Larger than key competitors such as Toyota Camry and Dodge Stratus, Malibu is a "right-size" car in terms of its value position. In addition, Malibu takes "more than expected" a step further in terms of features that surprise and delight the customer.
Malibu is designed with quality you can feel. Many of the features that canít be seen are ones which can be experienced in terms of quiet ride, excellent handling and solid look and feel.
Malibu Sedan features a standard 2.4 Liter L4, "Twin Cam" engine with 150 horsepower and 155 lb.-ft. of torque. For those who prefer extra power, a 3100 V6 engine with Sequential Fuel Injection is standard on the upscale Malibu LS (available on Malibu Sedan), which produces an impressive 155 horsepower and 185 lb.-ft. of torque. A 4-speed electronically controlled automatic transmission with a floor-mounted shifter is standard on both models, and offers the innovation and convenience of second-gear-start capability.
Malibu performance is enhanced by a standard 4-wheel independent suspension for a smooth ride, a hydro-formed front frame designed to deliver a responsive driving experience, and optional cruise control (standard on LS) for added convenience during highway driving. Analog gauges on the instrument panel include a tachometer, coolant temperature and trip odometer.
Safety is a priority for sedan buyers, so both Malibu models offer many standard safety features. Responsive power steering and a 4-wheel anti-lock brake system (ABS) help the driver maintain steering control and minimize wheel lockup on most slippery surfaces. A brake/transmission shift interlock requires the brake to be applied before the car can be shifted out of "Park," and automatic Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) with automatic exterior lamp control help make Malibu more visible to other drivers.
Malibu also delivers with important occupant safety features, such as standard driver and front-passenger air bags for additional front impact protection when used with safety belts, safety-cage construction and integrated steel door beams that meet federal side-impact protection requirements and help protect Malibu occupants from side impacts. Driver and front-passenger adjustable shoulder safety belt guide loops and rear-seat safety belt child comfort guides make wearing safety belts more comfortable for passengers of all sizes. Parents will also appreciate child security rear-door locks which, when activated, prevent the rear doors from being opened from the inside. Also, a standard PassLock theft-deterrent system helps protect Malibu from theft by disabling the vehicle if an incorrect ignition key or other unauthorized ignition method is used.
The interior of Malibu is designed with the midsize sedan owner in mind. Thoughtful standard amenities include front-door map pockets for convenient storage, theatre lighting for illuminated vehicle entry and exit, and Remote Keyless Entry (standard on Malibu LS, optional on Malibu Sedan), for easy vehicle access. Also, rear-seat heat ducts provide a comfortable interior temperature for rear-seat passengers, a convenient center console offers plenty of storage space, and standard air conditioning helps make the interior of Malibu a comfortable environment.
Other important standard interior features include a Tilt-Wheel Adjustable Steering Column that adjusts for different-size drivers, Scotchgard Protector on seats and floor carpeting to help protect against stains, and an electric trunk release for added convenience. A covered auxiliary power outlet is designed to power a variety of accessories like cellular phones, CD players or car vacuums, and a retractable cup holder located in the instrument panel provides convenient cup storage just to the left of the driver. Standard Malibu LS features (all optional on Malibu Sedan) include power door locks and power windows with driverís Express-Down and a lockout feature for added convenience. The zoned rear-window defogger on Malibu LS clears the most crucial area first, the center of the rear window.
Malibu seats are designed to hold the driver and passengers in firm comfort. Standard cloth seats (Custom Cloth on Malibu LS) with reclining buckets and adjustable head restraints are designed for comfort and safety, while a standard two-way manual driver-seat adjuster (power 6-way driver seat standard on LS) adjusts to a variety of seating positions. Malibu LS comes with a standard split-folding rear seat (optional on Malibu Sedan) for convenient cargo storage.
The exterior of Malibu has a host of contemporary midsize sedan features that buyers expect ... and a few they might not. Standard features include basecoat/ clearcoat paint a for a high-gloss shine and long-lasting beauty; P215/60R-15 blackwall Touring tires for road-gripping stability; and 15-inch steel wheels with full wheel covers on Malibu Sedan, or standard aluminum wheels on Malibu LS (optional on Malibu Sedan), for an enhanced appearance. The exterior features 5-mph body-color bumpers to help protect the front and rear fascia from damage caused in low-speed impacts, plus body-color door handles, front and rear body-color fascias and an argent-color grille. Body-color side moldings help ward off minor dents and dings that can occur in parking lots. Dual remote body-color breakaway exterior mirrors (standard power on Malibu LS, optional on Malibu Sedan) provide added convenience and style, and foglamps (standard on Malibu LS, not available on Malibu Sedan) provide extra illumination in low-visibility driving conditions. Reflector-optics headlamps provide bright illumination and have a "flash-to-pass" feature for easy highway passing.
Easy maintenance is also a highlight of the new Malibu. In fact, maintenance schedules are designed to take the burden off a familyís pocketbook and busy schedule with such owner-friendly features as: extended-life engine coolant (a recommended service change interval of 5 years or 150,000 miles, whichever comes first*); platinum-tip spark plugs (scheduled for service at 100,000 miles*); and Dexron III automatic transmission fluid (never needs replacement under normal service*).
With a long list of standard and optional features, from safety and performance to comfort and style, Malibu truly is a midsize sedan for the í90s.
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*Maintenance needs vary with different uses and driving conditions.