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Chevrolet Says Goodbye to the Malibu

Written By, Jordan R

Chevrolet is doing fairly well in the auto market these days. With General Motors backing the company, their pickup trucks are as strong as ever, and their electric vehicle technology is a strong competitor in the growing alternative fuel market. We’ve even preached the Chevy Bolt EV before and how well the Chevrolet Bolt EV stacks up against the Tesla Model 3 (spoilers, Tesla lost). The Chevrolet Bolt EV also makes up the testing fleet for Chevrolet self-driving cars. With a bright future, one wouldn’t expect Chevrolet to be chopping some cars from their lineup, but they steadily are, and the Chevy Malibu could be next.

First to go was the Chevrolet Volt, then the Chevy Cruze, and most recently, the Chevrolet Impala. The bowtie brand has been reducing its lineup, some say to make room for more alternative fuel vehicles, primarily electric vehicles. General Motors in recent years has put forth aggressive electric vehicle plans for the future lineup of vehicles under their umbrella, Chevrolet included. With the auto market changing, Chevrolet will need to cut out the weak links and focus on what works. If that means putting an end to a nameplate that can be traced all the way back to 1964, so be it.

According to Automotive News, word is that the Chevy Malibu mid-size sedan is due to retire permanently in five years from now (2019) – 2024. It’s still a while away, but the current ninth generation of the Chevy Malibu will definitely be its last. Maybe that’s why Chevrolet gave the model a little refresher and update for the 2019 model year. Allowing it to run its course without a successor in sight, the Malibu has only a few more years to go, but that might be for the best considering recent sales.

In 2016, Chevrolet sold a total of 227,881 units of the Chevy Malibu in the United States market. In 2018, the number of units sold dropped to 144,542. Predictions for 2019 aren’t looking any better. Don’t get too worked up just yet, however. Unlike Ford, an automaker that pretty much completely pulled out of competition for sedans, Chevrolet does intend on providing vehicles for the respective car segment. Most likely, there will be an indirect successor to the Malibu in the form of an all-electric vehicle. As we mentioned, GM has big plans for EV cars.

At the moment, General Motors plans to have 20 new vehicles out by 2023. Moreover, these plans have nothing to do with hybrid or plug-in hybrid variations of existing models, so a Malibu hybrid or Malibu PHEV is out. For now, the Chevrolet Malibu has some time left in the auto market. With five years to go, we wouldn’t be surprised if Chevy sends it out with one more refresh and another update. With all the new technology coming to the automaker, adding a little extra to this solid mid-size family sedan just makes sense.

A perfect combination of performance, style, and comfort, the Chevy Malibu offers consumers plenty of options to personalize and get the most out of their vehicle. With the 2019 Chevrolet Malibu starting at $25,095 it’s already at a good price. Plus, when you shop for a car online with NowCar, you get the best price possible – especially when you fill out our unique rebates questionnaire and a credit application so that we can offer you a better deal.

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