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Updated 2016 Malibu Stakes Claim in Competitive Mid-size Sedan Segment

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New model-year Malibu improves in areas such as leg room, ride and handling to compete against other sedans

A lot of focus on the new Chevrolet models for 2016 was aimed on the redesigned Camaro. However, another Chevrolet mainstay that has been around since the ‘60s also underwent updates and redesigns for the 2016 model year, and it aims to make its mark in the ultra-competitive mid-size sedan market.

JBC-2016 MalibuReviewers of the new 2016 Malibu have gone as far as to call it the best mid-size sedan from Chevrolet they’ve experienced (GM Authority). That’s quite a compliment for a nameplate that started in 1964. Exterior updates include a longer wheelbase longer overall length. The 2016 Malibu also shed weight like the new Camaro — the sedan is 300 pounds lighter than the 2015 Malibu.

The lighter weight creates a more responsive and smoother driving experience for new 2016 Malibu owners near St. Louis. In fact, according to Chevrolet, the 2016 Malibu is the lightest vehicle in the segment (curb weight of 3,086 pounds) as well as the longest at more than 3,500 inches.

Inside, the 2016 Malibu has added 1.3 inches of leg room to create a more comfortable Chevy experience for the passengers sitting in the rear seats. The overall design of the interior feels uniquely like a Chevrolet and sets itself apart from the segment’s competitors.

JBC-2016 Malibu rear shotChevrolet has upped the ante in the technology offerings for its vehicles, and the 2016 Malibu is no exception. The available 4G LTE Wi-Fi makes the Malibu a mobile hotspot, and the new smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will make use of your smartphone more efficient and safer. Have teens who will be driving 2016 Malibu? The new Teen Driving Mode will give you some peace of mind.

The new 1.5-liter turbrocharged EcoTec engine is the base offering, outputting up to 160 horsepower and 184 lb.-ft. of torque. Get up to 31 mpg combined and 37 mpg on the highway, making the Malibu a great choice for a daily driver. Need a bit more power? Check out the 2.0-L turbo engine with up to 250 horsepower!

The 2016 Malibu has been revamped for the new year, and they are making their way to Jim Butler Chevrolet, the No. 1Chevy dealer in Missouri! To learn more about 2016 Malibus for sale near St. Louis or to schedule a 2016 Malibu test drive, contact Jim Butler Chevrolet today or give us a call at 636-349-3222 or send us a message online.

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Chevy Produces 10 Millionth Malibu as 2016 Malibu Production Begins

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After 5 decades, popular Chevrolet model now sold in more than 25 markets around the world

As the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu begins its production in Kansas City, Kan., the iconic vehicle for Chevrolet rolled off the assembly line for the 10 millionth time. Since its introduction in 1964, the Malibu has reached eight figures in production around the world.

1964 Chevrolet Malibu (photo from GM)

1964 Chevrolet Malibu (photo from GM)

The U.S., Korea and China comprise the three biggest markets for the sedan, accounting for 90 percent of current Malibu sales. The Malibu is becoming a popular car on a global scale as Chevrolet sells it in more than 25 markets around the world.

“Some people are buying their very first Malibu today and others may have driven a Malibu from a different generation as their first car,” Alan Batey, global Chevrolet president, said. “It is a car that has resonated with customers for more than half a century.”

Chevrolet Malibu History

Space and efficiency were the names of the game for the Malibu in the early ‘60s. The newest Chevy vehicle, along with the Chevelle and 300 at that time, was named after the California city. The Malibu was one of the first mid-size vehicles called at that time “intermediate.”

JBC-78 Malibu Owners ManualThese three vehicles sold more than 370,000 in their first years. Within five years, they already surpassed the half a million mark. There was even a muscle car version of the Malibu — the Malibu SS.

When the Malibu first hit the scene in ’64, the most common form of customer service was the owners manual and maybe a trip to the dealer. Now, the ninth-generation Chevrolet Malibu customers can contact their dealer, Chevrolet service, support and more 24/7 thanks to email, social media and more.

Latest Malibu lighter, more efficient

The 2016 Malibu is lighter and longer than the 2015 model year, and the standard 1.5-liter turbo powertrain is projected to offer 37 mpg on the highway. An available hybrid option works off the current Volt format and is expected to offer 47 mpg combined.

For fifty-one years, Chevrolet has offered a quality sedan — formerly a coupe, convertible and wagon — to families around the U.S.A. and the world. Fans of this classic nameplate can check out the latest ones in our inventory at Jim Butler Chevrolet in Fenton, MO, the No. 1 Chevy dealer in Missouri.

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

To learn more about the Chevy Malibu sedan or to schedule a test drive, call us today at 888-640-6826 or contact us online. As your St. Louis Chevrolet dealer, we invite you to check out the Malibu in person at our Fenton dealership. If you’re in the St. Louis, Arnold, Belleville or Chesterfield area, stop by our lot at 759 Gravois Bluffs Blvd. in Fenton. Here at Jim Butler you can make your Malibu purchase with confidence. We are located in Fenton, Mo., and serve as your St. Louis, Chesterfield, Belleville, High Ridge and Arnold Chevrolet dealer.

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Pedestrian Avoidance Safety Technology Planned for 2016 Malibu

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Latest active safety feature uses only camera and software to help keep overall costs down on new Chevy

Technological features once found on only luxury vehicles are making their way to more and more brands, and the latest addition the 2016 Chevy Malibu strengthens the brand’s active safety features.

JBC 2016 Malibu Pedestrian Avoidance safetyThe 2016 Malibu’s Pedestrian Avoidance System helps works to detect any pedestrians that may run out in front of the Malibu. The new software, when detecting a potential collision, can alert “the driver and, if necessary, automatically applies the brakes to help reduce the collision’s severity or avoid the collision” according to General Motors.

What sets the Pedestrian Avoidance technology apart from other active safety features on the redesigned Malibu is how it works. Instead of using sensors or radars, it utilizes only a camera and the software. The camera mounted next to the rearview camera to help with Lane Keep Assist is used for Pedestrian Avoidance. This, in turn, will help to keep the overall costs down as it uses current technology already available with an updated code.

“The camera technology allows us to put it on more vehicles,” John Capp, GM’s director of global vehicle safety, said to AutoNews. “We can offer technologies that … you had to step up to a radar package that maybe not all customers would want.”

Goals for the technology are the format it to detect speedy cyclists as well. Other available crash avoidance technology for 2016 Chevrolet models include Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Forward Collision Alert. General Motors has been setting up special tracks at their testing facility to improve the active safety features for 2016 Chevys.

2016 Malibu three q shot Jim Butler ChevroletThese new safety features are just the tip of the iceberg for the redesigned 2016 Malibu. The latest installment of the iconic Chevy sedan is scheduled to hit dealerships like Jim Butler Chevrolet in Fenton, MO, within the last three months of this year. Stay tuned to our blog network for updates on the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu.

To learn more about the Chevy Malibu sedan or to schedule a test drive, call us today at 888-640-6826 or contact us online. As your St. Louis Chevrolet dealer, we invite you to check out the Malibu in person at our Fenton dealership. If you’re in the St. Louis, Arnold, Belleville or Chesterfield area, stop by our lot at 759 Gravois Bluffs Blvd. in Fenton. Here at Jim Butler you can make your Malibu purchase with confidence. We are located in Fenton, Mo., and serve as your St. Louis, Chesterfield, Belleville, High Ridge and Arnold Chevrolet dealer.

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2016 Malibu Hybrid Estimated to Reach 47 MPG Combined

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Hybrid Chevy sedan to be manufactured in US, go on sale next spring

2016 Malibu three q shot Jim Butler ChevroletUnsurpassed fuel economy is the name of the game for the new 2016 Malibu hybrid. According to General Motors President Dan Ammann, the hybrid sedan can produce a combined 47 mpg — 45 mpg highway, 48 mpg city — according to GM’s estimates. The announcement was made before the 2016 Malibu’s reveal at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS).

The hybrid Malibus are slated to hit Jim Butler Chevrolet in St. Louis — Missouri’s No.1 Chevy dealer — in spring 2016.

Taking a Cue from the Chevy Volt

The new 2016 Malibu finds its power from a two-motor drive unit slightly modified from the 2016 Chevy Volt. This drive unit is mated with a direct-injection 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine. It provides additional power to assist the engine during acceleration, for a total system power of 182 horsepower.

2016 Malibu front shot Jim Butler ChevroletAn 80-cell, 1.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack brings power to the 2016 Malibu’s hybrid system. The advanced lithium-ion based chemistry powers the Malibu hybrid at up to 55 mph on electricity alone. The gasoline-powered engine will automatically come on at higher speeds when necessary to provide additional power.

But it’s not Volt’s drive unit that inspired the design of the 2016 Malibu hybrid. The hybrid Chevrolet sedan shares power electronics and a blended regenerative braking system. This provides maximum kinetic energy recovery during braking to be stored into the battery system to assist in maintaining the charge.

The Malibu Hybrid will be manufactured in Kansas City, Kans., at the Fairfax Assembly plant with globally sourced parts. No announcement has yet been made on when the 2016 Malibu hybrids will begin production, but they are on target for a sale date of spring 2016.

St. Louis Chevy fans who have always wanted to drive a hybrid should stay tuned for more information on the 2016 Malibu hybrid from Jim Butler Chevrolet in St. Louis.

Your St. Louis Malibu source is Jim Butler Chevrolet in Fenton, MO! Whether you are waiting for the new 2016 Malibu hybrid or want a 2015 Malibu now, Jim Butler Chevrolet has you covered!

To learn more about the Chevy Malibu sedan, call us today at 888-640-6826 or view our new inventory at JimButlerChevrolet.com. As your St. Louis Chevrolet dealer, we invite you to check out the Malibu in person at our Fenton dealership. If you’re in the St. Louis, Arnold, Belleville or Chesterfield area, stop by our lot at 759 Gravois Bluffs Blvd. in Fenton. Here at Jim Butler you can make your Malibu purchase with confidence. We are located in Fenton, Mo., and serve as your St. Louis, Chesterfield, Belleville, High Ridge and Arnold Chevrolet dealer.

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2016 Malibu Technology Encourages Safe Driving for Teens

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Teens are more likely to be involved in fatal crashes nearly three times more often than drivers age 20 and older according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The 2016 Malibu aims to cut these numbers with a new system called Teen Driver. These 2016 Malibus with the Teen Driver system are set to hit Jim Butler Chevrolet in St. Louis by the end of 2015.

“We developed this system so parents could use it as a teaching tool with their kids,” MaryAnn Beebe, GM safety engineer, said. “They can discuss and reinforce safe driving habits. As a mother of two, I know anything that has the potential of keeping one’s family safer is of great value to parents.”

How Teen Driver Works

Parents can keep an eye on their teen drivers even when they are not in the car with their children thanks to Teen Driver. According to Chevrolet, Teen Driver supports safe driving habits by muting the audio of the radio or any device paired with the vehicle when front seat occupants aren’t wearing their safety belts, and it gives audible and visual warnings when the vehicle is traveling faster than preset speeds.

This built-in system is an industry-first and lets parents view on a display how their teenager drove the 2016 Malibu. To use Teen Driver, a parent needs to enable the feature by creating a PIN in the Settings menu of their available MyLink system. This then allows them to register their teen’s key fob. The system’s settings are turned on only to registered key fobs.

16 malibu report safe teen driving Jim Butler ChevyThe Teen Driver system can gauge on the following:

  • Distance driven
  • Maximum speed traveled
  • Over-speed warnings issued
  • Stability control events
  • Antilock brake events
  • Forward Collision Alerts (if equipped)
  • Forward Collision Braking events (if equipped)

Promoting Safe Teen Driving

If your 2016 Malibu has the following available safety features, Teen Driver can automatically turn them on and keep them from manually being turned off:

  • Stability Control
  • Front and Rear Park Assist
  • Side Blind Zone Alert
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Daytime Running Lamps / Automatic Light Control
  • Forward Collision Braking
  • Traction Control
  • Front Pedestrian Braking

16 malibu audio settings safe teen driving JBCTeen Driver is not a subscription-based service, so it remains with the vehicle permanently. The system will be standard on the Premier trim and optional on LT models of the 2016 Malibu if equipped with the Convenience Package and up-level radio. The 2016 Malibu is set to debut on April 1 at the New York International Auto Show.

Jim Butler Chevrolet in Fenton knows it’s not easy when your teenager takes the wheel for the first time, and we are excited for the 2016 Malibu’s latest technology. We always want to promote safe teen driving habits, and the 2016 Malibu wants to help out.

Your St. Louis Malibu source is Jim Butler Chevrolet in Fenton, MO! Whether you are waiting for the new model year to arrive at the end of 2015 or want a 2015 Malibu now, Jim Butler Chevrolet has you covered!

To learn more about the Chevy Malibu sedan, call us today at 888-640-6826 or view our new inventory at JimButlerChevrolet.com. As your St. Louis Chevrolet dealer, we invite you to check out the Malibu in person at our Fenton dealership. If you’re in the St. Louis, Arnold, Belleville or Chesterfield area, stop by our lot at 759 Gravois Bluffs Blvd. in Fenton. Here at Jim Butler you can make your Malibu purchase with confidence. We are located in Fenton, Mo., and serve as your St. Louis, Chesterfield, Belleville, High Ridge and Arnold Chevrolet dealer.

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