Chevrolet’s Malibu faces stiff competition with many viable alternatives in the mid-size sedan segment, but the brand hopes to make the car more competitive through an early refresh.
Introduced in its current form last year, the Malibu gathered negative feedback even being named Fortune Magazine’s “Most Disliked Car of 2012.” Realizing the car’s shortcomings, the automaker is aiming to address the negative feedback in part by making the back seats feel roomier. Up front, the car will also borrow styling cues from the new Impala full-size sedan according to a Bloomberg report citing unnamed sources.
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“We’ve got some tweaks that we’ve made, that we already had planned, that will be coming out in the not-too-distant future that I think will assist,” GM senior vice president of global product development Mary Barra said to Automotive News this week in an interview at the Detroit auto show.
Last year’s Malibu sales totalled 210,951, which falls miserably short of the Toyota Camry’s 404,886 units which has long been the top-selling car in the U.S.
[Source: Automotive News]
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