FOR RELEASE:  November 20, 1996
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Motor Trend Magazine Names the Chevrolet Malibu as 1997 Car of the Year

OKLAHOMA CITY, - MOTOR TREND magazine today announced the selection of the Chevrolet Malibu as the publicationís 1997 Car of the Year. This is the 45th time that the prestigious Golden Calipers trophy has been awarded for this honor. In choosing the Malibu, MOTOR TREND cited its impressive driveability, comfortable interior, overall quality, high fun-to-drive factor, and outstanding value.

MOTOR TRENDís annual Car of the Year program remains the most coveted award in the automotive industry. In choosing the winner, MOTOR TREND editors considered all new or significantly changed í97 domestic cars and minivans - weighing such factors as technological advancement, value, performance, overall impact on the automotive market, and how successfully each meets its class objectives - to identify the most significant vehicle of the í97 model year.

The Chevrolet Malibu, an all-new four-door midsize family sedan, resurrects one of Chevyís most familiar names from the 60ís and 70ís. But this new-from-the-ground-up version, which replaces the popular Corsica in the divisionís lineup, is all Ď90s. Designed to compete with the best of the midsize import sedans, the Malibu offers an impressively rigid chassis and suspension package that delivers surprisingly good ride compliance and handling for an affordable sedan, two strong engines (a 2.4-liter DOHC four-cylinder and 3.1 liter V-6), interior comfort and quietness reminiscent of more upscale models, and an attractive feature-to-dollar ratio.

In naming the Malibu as Car of the Year, MOTOR TRENDís editors said that, "Chevroletís Malibu establishes a new benchmark within the domestic midsize market based on its comfort, quietness, handling, balanced power, attention to quality and safety, and its tremendous value." They also added, "From nose to tail, inside and out, the new Chevy family sedan looks, feels, and drives like a more expensive car." Referring to its well-tuned chassis, suspension, and drivetrain, the staff noted, "This sedan is engineered to provide the solidity, ride, and quietness of a full-size car, while maintaining the crisp handling and parking-lot maneuverability of a compact," plus felt "It offers solid proof that Ďfamily sedaní and Ďfun to driveí need not be mutually exclusive targets."

The complete story on the 1997 Car of the Year can be found in the January 1997 issue of MOTOR TREND, on sale December 3, 1996, or on MOTOR TREND Online at The Malibu will also be featured on TNNís MOTOR TREND Television series on December 8, 1996. MOTOR TREND magazine is published monthly in Los Angeles, California, by Petersen Publishing Company.

Go to 1997 Malibu award presentation information.

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