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PHOTO CAPTION: 2016 Malibu Hybrid will offer competitive fuel economy

Chevy Malibu Aims for 48 MPG

2016 Chevrolet Malibu will be priced $28,645, including destination charge, while offering 47 mpg combined city/highway mileage.

Published: 14-Dec-2015

General Motors has been working on a viable electric hybrid drive system for more than a decade starting with an auto start-start system in its Silverado pickup. Then it moved on to a dual-mode system for its luxury SUVs. These and other engineering efforts just never caught on with consumers and where fairly short-lived, being pulled from production after just a few years.

Then along came the Chevrolet Volt and finally GM had an electric extended-range hybrid winner. While sales weren't at the pace GM has originally anticipated, since its 2010 launch, some 80,000+ units have rolled out the doors at the Detroit Hamtramck assembly plant, according to Wikipedia numbers. Sales were encouraging enough for the company to introduce its much anticipated second generation model this Fall, offering an EV-mode range reportedly up to 50 miles before switching to hybrid mode, along with improvements in styling and seating.

GM says it is leveraging that technology into its new 2016 Malibu, claiming it will offer 48 mpg fuel economy in urban commuting and 47 mpg in combined city/highway driving. This makes it competitive with other hybrid offerings from Ford (Fusion & CMax, Hyundai (Sonata), Toyota (Camry) and Honda (Accord).

The Malibu Hybrid is being built at GM's Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas City, Kansas.

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