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Malibu Eco gets good fuel economy and is cheaper than other midsized hybrids

With lawmakers in Washington setting their eyes on more stringent CAFE standards, Chevrolet is rolling its new 2013 Malibu Eco. The car promises fuel economy very much like that of other hybrids in its class without the extra cost associated with hybrid vehicles.
The new Malibu Eco will carry an MSRP of $25,995 when it lands in dealerships in Q1 2012 as a 2013 model -- the MSRP includes the destination charge.
Chevy calls the Malibu Eco the most fuel-efficient Malibu ever and it is the first Chevy to get the GM eAssist battery electric/gas powertrain. This powertrain uses a 182hp gasoline engine, lithium-ion battery and an electric motor/generator unit. The car also features regenerative braking, electric assist, and uses start-stop functionality to improve fuel economy.
To help improve the efficiency the Malibu Eco uses underbody aerodynamic enhancements and shutters in the lower grill that close at higher speeds. The car also shed weight to improve efficient with an aluminum hood, aluminum rear bumper beam, and low mass carpeting and other light components. This helps the Eco come in at 130 pounds lighter than the normal Malibu. 
The tech inside the car allows it to get fuel ratings estimated by GM to be 26mpg in city driving and 38 mpg on the highway. 
That efficiency level allows the Malibu Eco to offer similar highway efficiency compared to other hybrid and diesel cars. The 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrid for instance gets 36 mpg (hwy) and sells for $29,395. The 2012 Camry Hybrid gets 39 mpg (hwy) with a MSRP of $26,660, and the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid sells for $26,545 and gets 40 mpg (hwy).

However, the Malibu Eco gets trounced by the competition when it comes to city fuel economy. While the Malibu manages "only" 26mpg in the city, the Fusion Hybrid, Camry Hybrid, and Sonata Hybrid offer city ratings of 41mpg, 43mpg, and 35mpg respectively.

Source: GM

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RE: Depends what you need, but watch city MPG
By Keeir on 11/22/2011 2:55:15 PM , Rating: 2
Or more accurately.

Automakers will continue to focus on models people want, but raise the prices to try to control market preference. Eventually cars that people want will also be much more profitable than the smaller cars people do not want, such that product choices and RD will be focused on these larger and more profitable automobiles at the expense of the smaller cars. Eventually the smaller offering will be such low quality you essentially have to give them away or lose money, but you have to keep pumping them out to keep selling your high profit items. Of course, a rapid shift in market prefernce could leave your company high and dry...

Oh wait, that already happened once. I give it ~5-10 years till the big American Cars companies are back at the same game.

Wish the Government would not force Automakers to determine customer preference. If we (the voters) feel that our preferences must be determined for us, maybe just have the Government out and out do it rather than created a convoluted scheme so we don't even see how we are paying significant costs and lowering the compeditiness of our domestic companies while giving our politicians a potential corruption point.

End point, niether outcome is really preferable

RE: Depends what you need, but watch city MPG
By twhittet on 11/22/11, Rating: 0
RE: Depends what you need, but watch city MPG
By Dorkyman on 11/23/2011 10:07:04 AM , Rating: 2
You guys are forgetting that there is an election coming up. Regime Change. CAFE will be rolled back or eliminated.

By Ringold on 11/23/2011 12:22:31 PM , Rating: 2
Depends on the outcome. The public elected a freshman Senator with no real-world experience at all to be president before, they may just re-elect him.

"A politician stumbles over himself... Then they pick it out. They edit it. He runs the clip, and then he makes a funny face, and the whole audience has a Pavlovian response." -- Joe Scarborough on John Stewart over Jim Cramer

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