The Chevrolet Malibu is a mid-sized sedan manufactured by General Motors and first made its debut in 1964. Production of this vehicle lasted until 1983 when it was stopped temporarily and started back up again in 1997. This car is still being made and there have been many different changes to it over the decades. This car was initially designed to have rear-wheel drive only but front-wheel drive was added when its production was revived in 1997. Named after the city of Malibu, California, this car was marketed mainly throughout North America, however the 2012 model has been sold in a number of other countries around the world.
The very first Malibu was a top-line subseries of the original Chevrolet Chevelle which was made from 1964 to 1972. These vehicles cough be purchased in a variety of body styles, including a 4-door sedan, 2-door Sport Coupe hardtop, a convertible, and a 2-seat station wagon. The Malibu was originally created by Chevrolet and marketed by the company as a vehicle for the everyday driver. The interiors of these vehicles were definitely a bit more lavish than some of the other models from this company, including the 300 and even the 300 Deluxe, primarily because of the patterned cloth vinyl materials which were used as the upholstery. The deluxe steering wheel design and deep-twist carpeting were two other interior features which made this car a luxurious ride.
The Malibu SS was initially available only as a 2-door Sport Coupe hardtop or convertible with additional bucket seats, a center console, engine gauges, special wheel covers, and a choice of any of the 6-cylinder or V8 engines that were in other Chevelle versions at the time. The top option for this vehicle with regards to its engine was a 300 horsepower 327, which was available in the 1964 model. There were definitely some updates and improvements that came with the beginning of 1965, including new grilles and revised tail sections with exhaust pipes that had the same basic style as the previous year. Both the Malibu and Malibu SS models continued on unchanged for the most part but with a few small changes to the exterior.
In 1966 the Malibu SS was effectively replaced by the new Chevelle SS-396 series which came with a 396-cubic-inch 6.5 liter V8 engine as well as heavy duty suspension and a variety of performance equipment. The fifth generation of the Malibu vehicles brought with it many contemporary features and updates as well as trim options for consumers. The new front-wheel-drive Malibu came onto the market in 1997 with an extended wheelbase version of the GM N platform. From 1997 to 1999, all Malibu vehicles had the Malibu logo on the front grille. All of the 2000-2003 models simply had the blue Chevrolet emblem on the front. A new Malibu that used the Epsilon platform was introduced in 2004 and the N-body Malibu was renamed “Chevrolet Classic”, remaining in production until 2005.
The more current 2013 and 2014 model Malibu vehicles have a lot to offer in the way of features, including four-cylinder engines as well as 6-speed automatic transmissions. The latest Malibu features the Chevrolet MyLink touch-based system which is able to connect to various electronic devices wirelessly and has a storage compartment that is located behind the screen. There are also a variety of safety features which these modern cars have to offer, including dual-stage front airbags for both driver and passenger as well as pelvic/thorax side-impact and knee airbags which are located in the front as well. As a whole, this vehicle has undergone many changes throughout the years but has also been a shining example of excellent design and performance for its time.