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The Chevy Malibu is turning 50 years old. Though the car made its entrance a full five decades ago into a segment, the midsize sedan market, that was not highly contested, it now battles in the planet’s toughest thanks to the desire to buy smaller cars with better gas mileage.

The life of the Malibu has been interesting to say the least. First designed to meet the needs of upward mobile families in 1963, it soon found itself competing against the muscle cars that were so popular back in the sixties. This led to the Malibu SS, which is still respected by old timers today. Despite its power, the Malibu was also loved by many for its comfort and roominess.

Over the years, drivers have enjoyed convertible and coupe and longer and shorter versions of the Malibu. The most recent Malibu was redesigned for 2013 to sport new connectivity abilities, comfort features, and much improved efficiency. And through it all, the Malibu has always been a performance car as indicated by its current 259 horsepower 2-liter turbo engine.


About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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