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New Malibu to Offer Stop-Start Hybrid System

The hybrid version of the Malibu will have a belt alternator start system which enhances efficiency in stop-and-go driving by shutting off the engine at idle mode.

Published: 09-Jan-2007

General Motors Corp. said Tuesday that it will offer a hybrid version of the redesigned Malibu sedan in the beginning of next year.

The gas-electric hybrid will come out about three to four months after the new 2008 Malibu arrives in showrooms this fall, said Chevrolet General Manager Ed Peper.

The automaker launched the new Malibu, touting it as an indication that it will compete more forcefully in the competitive midsize segment. Troy Clarke, GM's president of North America, said, "the days of compromise, of leaving customers wanting more, are long gone."

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