Chevrolet Malibu Getting Early Refresh : CEO

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

General Motors is working hard to give its Chevrolet Malibu a refresh by late next year, despite it being only 18 months since the sedan got redesigned.

According to CEO Dan Akerson, in an interview with Automotive News, the Malibu will get a “midcycle enhancement, not dramatic, by this time next year.” Changes will include a new front bumper, but Akerson didn’t go deep into the details.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Review

The redesigned Malibu hasn’t been a hit at the dealerships and its sales have caused GM to take a page out of Honda’s book with a quick redesign. Honda recently made an unprecedented move by updating its Civic model, a quick one year after it had been released.

SEE ALSO: 2013 Honda Civic Review – Video

“I think it’s a good car. It’ll do OK,” Akerson said. “It is a tough segment and it’s one we need to be successful in. We’ll see how it plays out.”

[Source: Automotive News]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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  • Chev-ota Chev-ota on Dec 06, 2012

    Uh oh. That was quick. To me, they should "design out" the Camaro styling cues (guages, tail lights and trunk) and just make everything flow like the 2008 Malibu did. I'm within 15 minutes of 2 Chevy dealerships here, and I have only seen a few new Malibus on the roads so far. The new Fusion I hear is having problems too. So much for domestics scaring the competition. Meanwhile Toyota and Honda are selling tons of their midsize models (who would have guessed), which only makes the all-new Malibu look all that much more of a let down. What was the reasoning for the shortened the wheelbase anyway? Maybe they could just upgrade the 2012 Malibu's interior and call it the new and improved and refreshed 2013 Malibu. I'd buy one, but only with a V6. Oh well.

  • Paul Paul on Jan 05, 2013

    they should get rid of akerson. it will do ok ? what a mis-step