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All-New Chevy Malibu Eco’s Luxury Interior

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The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu features an all-new interior that’s roomier, quieter, comfortable and connected, with luxury touches that push beyond expectations for the segment.

The new Malibu offers nearly four cubic feet (113 L) of additional interior volume, along with more shoulder and hip room than previous models and more usable trunk space than Toyota Camry or Honda Accord. It is the quietest Chevrolet ever and offers among the best seating comfort in the segment.

Compared to the current Malibu, the all-new 2013 Malibu is nearly three inches (76 mm) wider and has:

More than 1.5 inches (38 mm) greater front shoulder room and 3.2 inches (81 mm) greater rear shoulder room.
2.7 inches (68 mm) more front hip room and 2.8 inches (71 mm) of additional rear hip room.
Nearly four cubic feet (113 L) of additional interior volume.
More than one additional cubic foot (28 L) of usable trunk capacity: 16.3 cu. ft. / 462 L (14.3 cu. ft. / 405 L on Eco).
And with Chevrolet MyLink, the new Malibu packs the connectivity of a smartphone, with online services like Pandora ® internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio ®, as well as the safety of hands-free operation of mobile phone apps. MyLink is simple, safe and connected. (Please see the separate release for complete MyLink details.)

DESIGN OVERVIEW

At a glance: The new Malibu’s interior gives customers a touch of luxury, with premium features, high quality materials and easy-to-use technology. It incorporates a more subtle take on Chevrolet’s signature dual cockpit design and features a flowing, uninterrupted theme that reinforces its greater spaciousness. The “center stack” is integrated with the instrument panel, for example, which runs into the front door panels. A richer complement of details throughout the cabin – including high-tech lighting elements – and high-quality materials support the Malibu’s more sophisticated presence.

Key Features:

A “dual cockpit zone” mid-instrument panel flows through the doors and enhances the feeling of spaciousness. On most models, it is trimmed with a three-dimensional “tipped” grain surface typically found on luxury cars that enables unique, dual dimensional layers of color and tactility.
The center stack sweeps forward and away , enhancing the feeling of spaciousness.
Available seven-inch touch screen with full-color interface display that swivels up to reveal a six-inch-deep (152 mm) hidden and illuminated storage compartment deep enough to stow phones, wallets or even a small purse.
Control knobs, switches and touch points feature firm, tactile operation and, with certain controls, a higher-quality chrome finish that accent Malibu’s premium appointments.
Metallic, chrome or wood accents , depending on the model, are located around the shifter, surrounding the center stack, around the instrument cluster and on doors and the steering wheel.
Soft, ice blue ambient lighting illuminates control knobs and storage areas. Ambient IP and door lighting uses light-pipe technology to ensure even, consistent illumination on Eco, LT and LTZ models.
Three-point steering wheel tilts and telescopes and includes redundant audio and cruise controls, as well as controls for OnStar and Bluetooth.
Auxiliary input jack and USB port in center console and a 250-watt amplifier, nine speaker Pioneer Premium Sound System system available on LT, LTZ and Eco models.
Split-folding 60/40 rear seatback on all models for convenience and additional storage capacity.
Four interior cloth and leather color combinations available: Jet Black, Jet Black and Dark Titanium, Cocoa and Light Neutral or Jet Black and Brownstone leather (available on LTZ only).
Four option packages: Package 1 (Power Convenience): cargo net, auto-dimming mirror, rearview backup camera, remote start, eight-way driver seat with lumbar control, universal garage door opener; Package 2 (Premium Audio) adds: fog lamps, leather-wrapped shifter knob, Pioneer nine-speaker audio system with high-output amplifier; Package 3 (Leather) adds: heated front seats, eight-way passenger seat with lumbar control, leather-trimmed seating; Package 4 (Navigation) adds: memory seats and mirrors, navigation system, driver’s window with express-up feature.
In the Malibu Eco, a power flow display in the driver information center – or the center console screen when equipped with the navigation system – indicates which of the following modes the vehicle is operating in:

Battery charging – the eAssist motor is charging the high-voltage battery when the vehicle is slowing
Electric assist – the eAssist motor is providing electric power boost to the engine
Auto-Stop – the vehicle is stopped, the engine has automatically shut off and is ready to automatically restart when needed.
Driver-selectable modes are offered to enable maximum comfort or efficiency of the air conditioning system and include:

Eco mode – which maximizes the frequency and duration of Auto-Stop, while providing excellent cabin comfort
Comfort mode – reduces the frequency and duration of Auto-Stop to maximize cabin cabin comfort.
“There is a high level of functional fashion throughout the Malibu’s interior,” said Crystal Windham, director, Passenger Car Interior Design. “We didn’t look at one thing, we looked at everything to make the new Malibu a car that would stand out around the world.”

SEAT COMFORT AND DURABILITY

The challenge: Develop a seat for Malibu that meets the comfort and durability expectations of customers around the world.

How they did it: Engineers balanced objective laboratory work, including use of high-tech tools such as the seat pressure mapping system and Oscar, a mannequin-like tool that simulates a person on the seats, with real-world seat ride evaluations. Seat testers have spent hundreds of hours and logged thousands of miles in prototype vehicles to evaluate the seats’ comfort.

In the end, the 2013 Malibu’s seats feature comfortable support with sport-sculpted shapes with more pronounced bolsters. They’re also made with materials designed to endure long drives over many years without degradation in support and comfort.

Additional seat features include:

Three levels of seating trim : flat-woven fabric, leatherette and Meridian leather with a “tipped” grain finish typically found on high-end luxury sedans.
LTZ models feature fashion leather seating trim with ice blue stitching and complementing piping (piping not incorporated with Jet Black interior color).
Available four-way lumbar adjustment is a rare feature in the segment.
The front seat cushions can be raised by 2.5 inches (65 mm).
The seatbacks are about 0.6-inch (15 mm) slimmer, which enhances rear-seat legroom.
To help ensure durability, the seats are built on a frame made of high-strength steel and featuring a “tube-end forming” assembly process, in which the frame tubes are flattened where they are joined. This produces a stronger structure, as well as a lighter one. The Malibu’s seat frames are about 10-percent lighter than conventional seat structures.

“ Seat comfort is more than simply the softness of the seat cushion – we conduct several tests to allow us to understand how and how far a customer will compress into the seat to ensure that the seat foam and other materials can support the pressure,” said Daniel Cohen, Malibu seat performance engineer. “We’re confident drivers and passengers will find a long drive in the new Malibu a comfortable, refreshing experience.”

ERGONOMICS

Touch points: Beyond its roster of appointments and details, the ergonomics of the new Malibu are also improved. The touch, appearance, lighting, color, grip, reach and hand clearance zones have been optimized through three-dimensional human computer modeling, as well as far-sighted driver and task-based human testing. The results are larger, more intuitively located knobs and controls, more prominent control symbols/fonts and more consistent illumination throughout the interior with light pipe technology.

Examples include:

The control knobs in the center stack are about 15-percent larger than previous models, with rubberized sides and inset chrome trim for easier manipulation and a more tactile feel.
All fonts and/or ISO symbols on the controls are about 6-mm tall , which makes them easier to read by drivers 45 years and older.
Foot pedal spacing is optimized to ensure comfortable foot-to-pedal transfers , regardless of shoe size or type.
Computer analysis helped determine the optimal angle positioning of information displays , eliminating the glare or “washout” in all lighting conditions.
A gauge cluster – also carrying larger fonts – with sharp, crisp LED illumination that is positioned under a tight hood for a non-glare, sport-oriented appearance and is easily viewed without driver head adjustment.
QUIETNESS

A sound plan: The new Malibu is the quietest Chevrolet ever and is expected to be one of the quietest cars in the midsize segment. To achieve that, interior engineers used road testing, sound evaluation tools and vehicle components to reduce, block and absorb noise from entering the cabin. Chevrolet engineers evaluate overall interior sound by driving on specific road surfaces and at different speeds. A digital recording device called Aachen HEAD was used to record sound real-time, while an acoustic evaluation room called the Jury Room was used to evaluate the aural performance. The room allows engineers to listen and rate individual sounds recorded by the Aachen HEAD. It is equipped with acoustic damping panels to ensure uniform sound levels in all corners of the room, and the engineers wore specially calibrated headphones.

During repeated sessions throughout the car’s development, engineers listened to digital sound recordings taken during test drives at various speeds, identifying noise and making recommendations on how to eliminate it. The process accelerated the development, because the recording analysis in the Jury Room reduced the time it normally takes to test, evaluate and test corrections from several days or weeks to only a few hours.

No noise or potential noise source was left unchecked during the Malibu’s development, with the exterior playing a large role in the quietness of the cabin. Aerodynamic tuning helped reduce noise, while a number of acoustic treatments were applied throughout the body structure and interior.

Quieting elements:

Malibu’s stiff body structure and isolated engine cradle help reduce noise and vibration from being transmitted to the interior.
The wind tunnel-tuned exterior has a low coefficient of drag – a low drag count of .29 C d on non-Eco models helps to reduce wind noise to what is expected to be a segment-best 33 decibels.
Air leakage into the passenger compartment, which is a primary noise source for all vehicles, is expected to be the best in the segment , at about 20-25 cubic feet per minute.
A 5.4-mm acoustic-laminate windshield and 5-mm front door glass reduce wind noise by about 3 decibels when compared to conventional tempered glass.
The shape of the exterior mirrors helps reduce wind noise – the result of 250 hours of wind-tunnel fine tuning.
All of the doors are triple-sealed.
Sixteen expanding-foam acoustic baffles are placed strategically in cavities throughout the body structure. The foam expands when the body passes through the drying oven in the paint shop, filling the cavities to restrict or eliminate sound paths.
Fully sealed, acoustic perimeter water deflectors are used in all four doors – a feature typically used only on luxury cars.
Liquid-applied sound deadening and melt-on sound deadening materials are used on the floor pan.
A noise baffle barrier is used in the trunk to abate noise generated around the wheel houses.
“It all comes down to three things – shape, sealing and acoustics,” said Kara Gordon, lead acoustic noise engineer for Malibu. “Throughout the development of the new Malibu, we focused on what it’s like to be in the car audibly and we’re very particular when it comes to the ear. We think we can always be better, and in this case, we believe we’ve served the customer well.”

Chevrolet MyLink details:

Chevrolet’s MyLink system is standard on Eco, LT and LTZ models and builds on the safety and security of OnStar. It seamlessly integrates online services like Pandora® internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio®. MyLink integrates wireless connectivity through Bluetooth to enable hands-free use of selected smart phone apps while the device remains safely stowed. No other automaker offers both the connectivity of MyLink and the embedded safety and security features of OnStar.

Importantly, MyLink retains all of the capabilities of conventional entertainment units, including AM/FM/XM tuners, CD player with MP3 playback, auxiliary and USB inputs and enhances them.

Notable features:

MyLink features a high-resolution, full-color touch screen display designed to provide hands-free radio, music and phone operation.
It adds stereo audio streaming and wireless control of smart phones , building on the Bluetooth hands-free calling capability already offered in most Chevrolet vehicles.
The voice control system powered by Nuance® allows simple voice commands to initiate phone calls and select radio stations or media from portable MP3 players and phones.
A tap of a button on the steering wheel enables verbal control of smartphone applications to keep the driver’s hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
Pandora® internet radio allows the creation of unique radio stations by music genre or artist, and Stitcher SmartRadio makes the vehicle host to thousands of audio programming choices for a personalized listening experience.
Gracenote® helps navigate music collections by solving the common problem of missing or incomplete music metadata and displaying missing album cover art.
Gracenote® also enables “More Like This” playlisting and improves the accuracy of voice recognition , allowing drivers to easily access artists with hard=to-pronounce names, irregular spellings and nicknames (“The Boss” or “The Fab Four”).
Owners will be able to add to the capabilities of the MyLink system as new approved downloadable features become available. Before any smartphone apps can be used with MyLink, they must go through a validation process to demonstrate that they are safe to use while the vehicle is in motion. Functions such as text input on the touch screen are disabled while the vehicle is moving.
“Chevrolet MyLink is the next logical step for in-vehicle connectivity,” said Kathy McMahon, Infotainment Program Manager for MyLink. “It delivers greater control to a new generation of car buyers who don’t want to settle for mass market radio in their car.”

2013 Chevy Malibu Eco Pricing Announced

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2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco Priced Under $26,000

Hybrid-like fuel efficiency for a non-hybrid-like price

The all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco midsize sedan will start at $25,995 when it arrives in dealerships in the first quarter of next year, reinforcing the value proposition of the midsize segment’s longest-running nameplate.

The 2013 Malibu Eco is Chevrolet’s most fuel-efficient Malibu ever. It is the first Chevrolet to feature General Motors’ eAssist battery electric/gas propulsion system, which uses a state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery and an electric motor-generator to enable regenerative braking, electric assist and start-stop functionality. That helps deliver a GM-estimated 25 mpg in city driving and 37 mpg on the highway.

Malibu Eco’s highway efficiency is comparable to the segment’s popular full hybrids and diesels, but delivered at a lower price:
• 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid – $29,395 / 36 mpg
• 2012 Volkswagen Passat TDI SE Diesel (with automatic) – $27,895 / 40 mpg
• 2012 Toyota Camry Hybrid – $26,660 / 39 mpg
• 2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid – $26,545 / 40 mpg

Malibu Eco is part of the all-new, 2013 Malibu lineup – Chevrolet’s first global midsize sedan – designed to give customers more style, fuel efficiency, content and features, along with the craftsmanship and dynamic capabilities rivaling high-end sedans. It has a more powerful engine – 182 hp / 134 kW – than the Fusion (156 hp / 116 kW), Camry (178 hp / 132 kW) or Passat (140 hp / 104 kW).

Product highlights for North American models include:
• Expressive exterior designed to stand out, with a wide, athletic stance
• Aerodynamically optimized exterior, including underbody aero enhancements and electronically controlled shutters in the lower grille that close at higher speeds to push more air over and around the vehicle
• All-new, Chevrolet-signature dual-cockpit interior that is more spacious, features premium materials and is engineered to be the quietest in the midsize segment
• First Chevrolet car to offer new Chevrolet MyLink connectivity, which integrates online services such as Pandora® Internet radio and Stitcher SmartRadio®
• European-influenced ride and handling traits
• More safety features and technologies, including eight standard air bags, ultra-high-strength steel and rearview camera system.

Additional fuel-saving features include:
• Eco-specific lightweight components and systems, including an aluminum hood, aluminum rear bumper beam, low-mass carpet and dash mat and more, which save approximately 130 pounds (58 kg) over a comparably equipped non-Eco model
• An Eco gauge in the cluster that continuously responds to driving behavior, encouraging fuel-efficient driving. An Auto Stop Indicator on the tachometer informs the driver when the engine is in start-stop mode
• Seventeen-inch low-rolling-resistance all-season Goodyear tires
• The eAssist system mated to a fuel-efficient 2.4L Ecotec direct-injection four-cylinder engine and next-generation six-speed automatic transmission. The 2.4L engine, a variant of the same engine that was recognized as one of Ward’s Ten Best Engines in 2010, is lightweight and features dual-overhead cams, direct injection, continuously variable intake and exhaust timing and electronic throttle control. It also has a lightweight aluminum cylinder block and cylinder head.

A five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, as well as a three-year/36,000-mile bumper-to-bumper limited warranty is standard on the Malibu Eco. Certain eAssist components are covered by an eight-year/100,000-mile warranty, including the electric motor generator, three-phase electric power cables and high-voltage lithium-ion battery.

The Malibu Eco is offered with cloth or leather seats in eight exterior and three interior color choices. It is well-equipped in standard form and available with four equipment packages: Package 1 – Power Convenience; Package 2 – Premium Audio; Package 3 – Leather; and Package 4 – Navigation.

Standard powertrain and chassis content:
• Ecotec 2.4L direct injection with continuously variable valve timing and eAssist technology, rated at 182 horsepower (135 kW)
• Six-speed automatic transmission with tap-shift control
• 2.64:1 axle ratio
• Four-wheel disc brakes with ABS
• Regenerative braking
• Grade braking control
• Panic brake assist
• Electronic park brake with push button
• StabiliTrak electronic stability control system
• Electric power steering (rack-mounted)
• MacPherson strut front suspension
• Four-link rear suspension
• Seventeen-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels
• P225/55R17 all-season low-rolling-resistance Goodyear Assurance Fuel Max tires

Standard exterior content:
• Active front lower grille aero shutters and aerodynamic underbody panels
• Projector-beam headlamps with automatic exterior lamp control
• Heated, power-adjustable outside mirrors (body color)
• Fin-type combined OnStar/SiriusXM Satellite Radio antenna (body color)
• Acoustic-laminated, solar-absorbing glass
• Intermittent windshield wipers with structureless blades

Standard interior content:
• Chevrolet MyLink
• Six-inch-deep illuminated (when headlamps are on) hidden storage behind articulating touch screen radio face
• Air conditioning – dual zone automatic climate control with odor filter
• Audio system: AM/FM stereo with CD with MP3 playback and auxiliary input jack
• Seven-inch-diagonal color touch screen for the audio system
• USB port for the audio system
• SiriusXM Satellite Radio
• Six-speaker sound system
• Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity
• Cruise control
• Remote keyless entry
• Power windows with express down feature
• Power door and window locks
• Driver information center
• Tilt and telescopic steering column
• Steering wheel audio and cruise controls
• Ice blue ambient lighting
• Driver’s footrest
• Overhead console
• Compass display
• Two auxiliary power outlets
• Rear center armrest with storage

Standard safety content:
• OnStar with six months of Directions and Connections plan, including Automatic Crash Response, Crisis Assist, Stolen Vehicle Assistance, Remote Door Unlock, and more.
• Dual-stage frontal air bags
• Driver and front passenger thorax side-impact air bags
• Driver and front passenger knee air bags
• Head curtain side-impact air bags (front and rear outboard seating positions)
• Safety belt pretensioners
• Tire pressure monitoring system

Package 1 – Power Convenience includes all standard equipment plus:
• Eight-way power driver’s seat with lumbar control
• Rearview backup camera system
• Remote start
• Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror
• Universal garage door opener

Package 2 – Premium Audio includes all content in Package 1 plus:
• Pioneer nine-speaker audio system with high-output amplifier
• Fog lamps
• Leather-wrapped shifter knob and steering wheel

Package 3 – Leather includes all content in Package 2 plus:
• Leather-trimmed seating
• Eight-way power-adjustable front passenger seat with lumbar control
• Heated front seats

Package 4 – Navigation includes all content in Package 3 plus:
• Navigation system
• Memory seats and mirrors
• Auto-up driver’s window

A power-operated sunroof is available on Packages 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Exterior Color Choices:
• Silver Ice Metallic
• Black Granite Metallic
• Summit White
• Crystal Red Tintcoat
• White Diamond Tricoat
• Taupe Gray Metallic
• Steel Blue Metallic (late availability)
• Champagne Silver Metallic (late availability)

Interior Color/Trim Choices:
• Jet Black
• Jet Black/Titanium
• Cocoa/Light Neutral

The Eco is the first trim level of an all-new Malibu lineup to launch in the United States. Other Malibu trim levels including, LS, LT and LTZ, are scheduled to begin production next summer in Fairfax, Kan. and Detroit-Hamtramck. The 2013 Malibu will be sold in nearly 100 countries on six continents and will serve as a flagship Chevrolet midsize in many parts of the world. The Malibu is built in multiple locations including the United States, China and Korea.