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)
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.”
These 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
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.