2013 Chevrolet Malibu: Made by Moms, For Moms

Sami Haj-Assaad
by Sami Haj-Assaad
Chevrolet Malibu mom engineers Tracy Mack-Askew (l to r), Suzanne Cody, Kara Gordon and Julie Kleinert have expertise and unique perspectives that have helped make the Malibu fuel-efficient, safe, and extremely quiet for customers around the world. Chevrolet's first global midsize sedan will be sold in nearly 100 countries on six continents. The four women…

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is GM’s first global midsize-sedan. In order to appeal to customers all over the world Chevrolet got a little design help from the Chevy’s in-house moms.

Input from GM’s “Malibu Moms” helped finely tune several parts of the car to make it an extremely family friendly vehicle.

“People spend a lot of time in their vehicles,” said Kara Gordon, the Malibu’s lead acoustic noise engineer and mother of two boys. “It’s really important for me to spend that time with my kids in a positive way. If your car isn’t quiet, you can’t hear your kids talking to you in the background, and you can’t hear how their day went.” Kara Gordon’s comments helped make the Malibu Chevy’s quietest vehicle yet, in terms of interior cabin noise.

Chevrolet’s team of moms also helped make the vehicle more fuel-friendly. “Every dollar I spend on gasoline is a dollar I’m not investing in my boys’ futures,” said Suzanne Cody, the Malibu’s aerodynamics engineer. “So this is personal to me.” GM claims that the Malibu’s 2.5 mpg improvement on the highway is due to reducing aerodynamic drag.

Additionally thanks to Julie Kleinert, Chevrolet’s child safety technical lead, the Malibu features an interior which is designed for easier installation of child seats. “Knowing that the work I do helps protect other people’s children is very rewarding,” said Kleinert, a mother of four and grandmother of two. “I love to be able to tell people what I do, and how much work goes into the safety of every GM vehicle.”

Finally, Tracy Mack-Askew, Chevrolet vehicle line manager and mother of two also provided her thoughts on the Malibu,

“The Malibu is a vehicle that is very kid-friendly, that’s easy for you to use to transport your kids to their activities – whether it is soccer or swimming – and that makes you look good and stylish while doing it,” said Mack-Askew. “So not only are you a mother, but you are mother with pizzazz.”

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu has been out for a while (read our review here) but for those who have a family, let us know what’s in the perfect family vehicle for you. Whether it’s interior noise, safety or price, we’d love to find out.

Sami Haj-Assaad
Sami Haj-Assaad

Sami has an unquenchable thirst for car knowledge and has been at AutoGuide for the past six years. He has a degree in journalism and media studies from the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto and has won multiple journalism awards from the Automotive Journalist Association of Canada. Sami is also on the jury for the World Car Awards.

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