Chevrolet introduced the Malibu in 1964 as a variant of their Chevelle car, which at the time was a midsize vehicle with rear-wheel drive. Since then, the Malibu has become an iconic and long-lasting nameplate for the brand and has now passed the ten million mark—and Chevrolet Malibu production isn’t slated to stop any time soon.
As said above, the Malibu has its roots as a midsize, rear-wheel-drive car, which is a sharp contrast to its modern design as a small, family-friendly sedan with front-wheel drive. After the Malibu’s debut in 1964, a second and third generation of the Malibu and Chevelle were released in subsequent years, until the Chevelle was dropped in favor of a significantly smaller Malibu in 1978.
The Malibu did, however, take a hiatus from 1983 until 1997, which is when an updated Chevy Malibu made its appearance that was closer to the car we are familiar with today. This version had finally attained that sedan style and front-wheel drive, and over the next decade or so held its own on the market against other family-oriented cars.
The Malibu is returning once again in 2016 with a new powertrain, new style, and new tech, and Chevrolet is even including a hybrid variant to appeal to the younger, more eco-friendly crowd. Malibu production will most likely continue for years to come, and the ten-million-car milestone only proves the vehicle’s longevity.
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