2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco Hybrid Priced from $25,995
November 22, 2011 1:02 PM
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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.
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RE: Depends what you need, but watch city MPG
11/23/2011 2:57:06 PM
Someone really is missing some basic economic principles.
Lets try to place things in context.
The number one driver of progress in human well-being and happiness is economic expansion. Economic expansion happens when labor and capital are used effectively to provide the goods and service that are required for well-being and happiness. It really doesn't matter -what- these goods and services are, just that people place more value on them then other goods and services that cost the same.
So how can "we" as a society ensure that labor and capital is used effectively? We attach a promise of "profits" to the individuals who are best at aligning goods and services produced to goods and services demanded. Now, I am not saying "Greed is Good"... but Honest Greed is indeed helpful for everyone. There is a line in the sand though... the economic "game" is not played just once. Its played everyday, week, year, decade, etc. There are also unintended consquences of actions, often called "externalities" which can be both good and bad.
The function of government (a capitist one anyway) in the economy is to ensure that the future costs of economic games are taken into account in present transactions, provide economic information, and to ensure appropriate externalities are accounted for...
Oil and Gas companies are affected by all three aspects of governance. For one example, Government provides Oil and Gas companies with "subsidies" in the form of R&D grants, Tax Breaks, etc to try to tie future benefits with today's economic game. Oil and Gas recieve no special favors or extreme help. This clearly refects that the Government (US anyway) does not percieve a significant injustice in the game or dramatic future benefits. For the second example, Government taxes directly at dispensing a very high tax rate for Oil and Gas products sold to consumers. This tax is due to the increased burden on the government to provide roads, emergency services, etc, etc that go hand in hand with car usage. BTW, if gas taxes ARE sufficient to maintain roads. But often local government uses gas taxes to fund marginally related projects. The US government also provides a wealth of information about Oil and Gas products.
Now, you may feel the government should place no value on assisting some companies. But that ignores the fundamental method of subsidy which encourages specific spending items. You should consider these items and the potential reduction in these areas if the US government were to reduce them. For example, say an Oil and Gas company is research more enivormentally sound drilling practices. Something that many would feel should be researched. If just because its an Oil and Gas company, it doesn't recieve the same benifits as an independant company doing the same research, that would mean the Oil and Gas company will spend less resources on the research... even though they would seem to have a compeditive advantage in performing the research. The effect of remove the "subsidy" would be less research by prime companies in enviromentally friendly drilling. Is that a "good" outcome?
Now, some will argue that the US is becoming more "socialist" by offering large subsidies to direct economic activity. I disagree somewhat with that assesment. In a socialist government, the government takes a direct hand in the economic choices of individual companies rather than defining a fair and even playing field. Of course, the government can if it choses create such an unlevel playing field it might as well issue the type of directives found in socialist governments.
The real question is... would you prefer Congress to set the price of Oil and Gas and try to ensure no one makes a (real) profit providing goods or would you prefer that individual companies compete to bring Oil and Gas to you? I just don't trust US Government to ever be able to handle the question appropriately. (Even in Europe, countries just tax oil and gas and let the companies make the money they will...)
RE: Depends what you need, but watch city MPG
12/23/2011 9:17:49 AM
Oh god, the web dick strikes.Maybe you should stay off Wikipedia.
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