Chevrolet Malibu Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Introduced in 1964, when a gallon of gas was only 30 cents and a movie ticket only $1.25, as Chevrolet notes, the first-generation Malibu was marketed for four year, both as a musclecar and as a premium sedan, until 1968, when the redesigned model was launched.
The Malibu gained a new frame with the introduction of the third-generation model in 1973, while the fourth-generation model came with a shorter wheelbase and a lighter body in 1978. The Malibu was discontinued after 1983 and reappeared in 1997 as a front-wheel drive sedan.
A new architecture was designed in 2004, when the sixth-generation surfaced, while the seventh-generation Malibu became longer and featured improved performance, better fuel efficiency and enhanced safety features, being voted the 2008 North American Car of the Year.
The current Chevrolet Malibu sports new connectivity features, comfort enhancement, a restyled front end, andthe segment’s first engine with stop/start as standard.