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The new Holden Malibu

Discussion in 'VF Holden Commodore (2013 - 2017)' started by Benboy, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. Benboy

    Benboy Well-Known Member

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    Holden's new Malibu will completely redefine conventional perceptions of the mid-sized sedan when it goes on sale next month with a two-model range that combines sharp coupe-like styling with a long list of technology features as standard.

    Holden Executive Director Sales and Marketing, Philip Brook, says the Holden Malibu was entering the market at a crucial time for Holden.

    "It has been over five years since we had a new entrant in the medium size segment, but with the Malibu now on sale, it completes the revitalisation of our sedan range," he says.

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    The Malibu is offered with a choice of a spirited 2.4-litre petrol 4-cylinder engine or efficient 2.0-litre 4-cylinder common-rail turbodiesel, that both drive through a smooth six-speed automatic transmission with Active Select.

    The CD model boasts a long list of premium and technology features as standard. Feature highlights include 17" alloy wheels, 7" colour touchscreen and built-in apps, passive entry & push button start, rear parking sensors and rear view camera.

    Article insert 3_rear_Malibu

    The Holden MyLink system provides all the latest infotainment options and smartphone compatibility with full USB and iPod® integration, Bluetooth® connectivity, AM/FM radio, single CD player, and built-in apps including Pandora® and Stitcher SmartRadioTM, all delivered through a nine-speaker premium sound system.



    The step up into the top-of-the-range CDX model adds leather appointed heated seats with eight-way power adjustment, leather wrap steering wheel, Camaro-inspired LED tail lamps, rain sensing wipers and dual zone climate control.

    Outside, the Malibu CDX is distinguished by its larger 18" alloy wheels, front foglamps and chrome highlights.


    SOURCE: Holden News (Holden Lion) June edition 2013
     
  2. commodore665

    commodore665 expat Saffa

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    Any shots of the front end ?, looks quite good though
     
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    someguy360 Well-Known Member

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    Not really a commodore malibu........it's just a malibu.

    It's been on sale in the US for a few years now, not a Aus designed GM car like the commodore/current model cruze

    I do like the styling, But no way would I buy a 4 Cyl again
     
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    In two generations time the Malibu will be the new Commodore and the Commodore will be the new Statesman.
     
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    Benboy Well-Known Member

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    Apologies YES I inadvertently and incorrectly included the Commodore name. here's a photo of the front:

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    The front /side shot like that looks like a camry

    The back look great though
     
  7. Calaber

    Calaber Nil Bastardo Carborundum

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    Boy, are the punters going to have trouble identifying the Malibu from a Cruze...from the front at least. It could even pass as a VE II to some people.
    Side on there are definite traces of the superseded Camry, which is not a good thing. It looks boring and stale and the rear end looks awkward from front three quarter view. No doubt it will sell, but I think the market segment leaders are safe and won't feel threatened by the Malibu.
     
  8. aussieakito

    aussieakito Holden Dealer Master Tech

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    done many PD's on these. they are nice.
    i like the screen inside which flips up so you can put stuff behind it (best feature) :p

    nah they seem alright. much like an epica. front looks like a camry.

    PS: Its not a commodore as the title suggests.
     
  9. uniacidz

    uniacidz Harden the Frak Up

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    It actually has the ass which the new commodore shouldve got i reckon.

    Front looks ok but plain though

    So basically its a Camry lol
     
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    aussieakito Holden Dealer Master Tech

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    the VF Clubsport has lights almost just like this.
    I actually love the look of the VF clubby from the back.
    And the interior is really good.
     
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    Looks like an updated Epica.
     
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    SV666 The Commodore Enthusiast

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    Yeah I like it, already driven the CDX in petrol. Drives nice do need to rev it to about 4g to get it up and going. Other than that feature wise its great love the lcd flip up display thats fantastic! store your phone wallet etc. If it were to have the US variants 177kw motor this would sell quite nicely.
     
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    Troy711 Retired Old Fart Staff Member

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    Thread title fixed to stop the nit pickers nit picking
     
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    aussieakito Holden Dealer Master Tech

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    So here is the best part of the Malibu.
    interior isnt the prettiest nope.

    [video=[video=facebook;10200527213275096]https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200527213275096&l=5497246678988522[/video]

     
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    Calaber Nil Bastardo Carborundum

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    Well, got my first close look at a white Malibu today and can't help feeling my initial impressions were right. The styling isn't very interesting at all and I can't see it knocking off the segment leaders in its intended market. It will probably sell a lot better than the Epica but what does that mean? The first pics we saw of a Chev Malibu looked far more impressive. It definitely needs something to give it some real chance of success. More aggressive styling, better wheels, decent colours could all help. The interior is ok but again, no better than the competition.
     
  16. Tasmaniak

    Tasmaniak Not a valid input....

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    Its another daewoo tested in the USA for many years. Just like the Epica, Cruze, Captiva, Barina and many bitd and pieces of the VE and morethan likely... VF. Not saying its a problem, but they use the Daewoo manufacturing plant to bring down peoduction costs, unfortunately its not reflected in the final price tag.... might as well import me a Daewoo Statesman.
     
  17. Wongy295

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    Found this today!

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    RiCeY F O R U M W A R R I O R

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    More Korean crap.
     
  19. Reaper

    Reaper Tells it like it is.

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    I think you need to consider what the Malibu is supposed to be. It's aimed at the stripper fleet market that used to be filled by your povo Exec and Acclaim Commodores in years gone by. Compared to a Camry and similar and it does quite well. If you want or expect anything more then you will be disappointed. Holden are repositioning the Commodore more up market and thus the Malibu is filling the cheapie medium large/medium budget end of the market.
     
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    Tasmaniak Not a valid input....

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    mmmmm someone say strippers?
     

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