Chevy Malibu
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Make: Chevy
Model: Malibu
Chevy Malibu

The name "Malibu" just might be the best-named car in all of history. How can one think about the Malibu and not have thoughts of summer fun at the beach. The Chevrolet Malibu was in fact named after the famous California beach town. It is a mid-size car marketed in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Israel. The size of the Malibu has been kept under strict specifications so as not to increase it past the size of the Impala which holds its own in another market segment. It seems that the Malibu has some intense work ahead to stay competitive next to the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry which both have an impressive track record in terms of performance and reliability. Oddly enough, and very little known, General Motors Canada produced a special order of Malibu sedans in 1981 for the Iraqi government. The order was ultimately rejected due to quality concerns. These model Malibus, appropriately referred to as "Iraqi Taxis" were auctioned off to the public at a greatly reduced price. Their name is not the reason they commanded a lower price, in fact they contained a small V6 engine with a 3-speed manual transmission. Most of the reject models were not sold in the United States and in stead ended up in places such as Halifax, Nova Scotia. Thankfully, in 1997, a new front-wheel drive Malibu was introduced. It sat on an extended wheelbase version of the GM N platform. All of these N-body Malibus rolled off the manufacturing line in Oklahoma City or from the Wilmington Assembly plant. Thereafter production was moved to Lansing, Michigan. It seems that this car offers more than a great name given that it was Motor Trend magazine's Car of the Year for 1997 and they certainly don't base their awards of the moniker of the car ' although that might be a funny category.

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