FOR RELEASE: October 7, 1996 CONTACT: Chevrolet Communications Phone: (800) CHEVY-MI or: (810) 492-8841 Fax: (810) 492-8853
WARREN, Mich. The all-new Chevrolet Malibu enters a market crowded with worthy competitors. Some, like Chrysler Cirrus/Dodge Stratus, are new to the automotive scene. Others, like Toyota Camry, are established products that have seemingly become permanent fixtures on the list of America’s top selling cars.
The good news: Malibu has a strong competitive product story. In developing the 1997 Chevrolet Malibu, designers and engineers took a step away from computers and clay models, and went to the customer to create a car in tune with the wants and needs of America’s most informed and discerning customers. In doing so, and by carefully measuring and benchmarking the competition, Chevrolet has created a product that can pass the test of even the choosiest families.
Here’s how Chevrolet’s new family sedan stacks up with the competition.
|Feature/Attribute||‘97 Chevrolet Malibu Base||‘96 Toyota Camry DX||‘96 Stratus Base|
|Engine Size||2.4L Twin Cam||2.2L Twin Cam||2.4L DOHC|
|Horsepower||150 @ 5,600||125 @ 5,400||150 @ 5,200|
|Torque||155 @ 4,400||145 @ 4,400||167 @ 4,000|
|Standard Transmission||4-spd. automatic||5-spd. manual||5-spd. manual|
|Trunk Volume (cu. ft.)||16||14.8||15.7|
|Interior Volume (cu. ft.)||114.6||112.1||111.6|
|Daytime Running Lamps||Standard||N/A||N/A|
|Battery Run Down Protection||Standard||N/A||N/A|
|Mirrors-Dual, Driver Remote, Body Colored||Standard||N/A||Standard|
|Theft Deterrent||Standard - Passlock II||Optional||N/A|
|Auxiliary Power Outlets||2 - Standard||N/A||1 - Standard|
|‘97 Side Impact Standards||Exceeds||Meets||Meets|
|Federal Barrier Standards||Exceeds||Meets||Meets|
|Platinum-Tipped Spark Plugs||Standard||N/A||N/A|
|Aluminized Stainless Steel Exhaust||Standard||N/A||N/A|
|Two Side Galvanized Steel on every Exterior Body Panel, Including Roof||Standard||Not on Roof||Not on Roof|
|Air Flow Efficiency -“A” Pillar Ducting||Standard||N/A||N/A|
|Filled for Life, AutomaticTransmission Fluid||Standard||N/A||N/A|
|Long Life Engine Coolant5 year/150,000 miles||Standard||N/A||N/A|
Go to 1997 Malibu award presentation information.