The Chevy Malibu Dies So The Bolt Can Live

Chevrolet said this week that production of the Malibu will end.

The automaker will be using the Malibu’s Kansas plant to assemble the upcoming Bolt and the Cadillac XT4. The two will be made on the same line when the XT4 resumes production in 2025 (the XT4 will briefly pause production in January of the same year).

Per Chevy, the Malibu’s run was concluded after more than 10 million were sold across nine generations. It is also Chevy’s last sedan, and the cancellation of the Malibu, at least at GM, solidifies the sedan's death in the US market. Sales were low, and the automaker is seeing more success with the two entry-level crossovers it offers: the Trax and the Trailblazer. GM previously canceled the Malibu between 1983 and 1997, so perhaps this is just another long hiatus for the long-running name.

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Chase Bierenkoven
Chase Bierenkoven

Chase is an automotive journalist with years of experience in the industry. He writes for outlets like Edmunds and AutoGuide, among many others. When not writing, Chase is in front of the camera over at The Overrun, his YouTube channel run alongside his friend and co-host Jobe Teehan. If he's not writing reviews of the latest in cars or producing industry coverage, Chase is at home in the driver's seat of his own (usually German) sports cars.

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