Chevy Malibu Production Ending This Year

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2023 Chevrolet Malibu

Beyond the Chevrolet Corvette, Chevrolet’s lineup is heavily skewed toward SUVs and electrified vehicles. The Chevrolet Malibu is the sole sedan in Chevy’s lineup and has been around in its current ninth-generation form since 2016. Old and outdated, reports and rumors claiming that the Malibu would be discontinued have been around for years. While the Malibu has stuck around for a lot longer than most people imagined, production of the sedan is finally coming to an end in November, reports The Detroit News.

A General Motors spokesperson confirmed the news to the outlet in a statement. "To facilitate the installation of tooling and other plant modifications, after nine-generations and over 10 million global sales, GM will end production of the Chevrolet Malibu in November 2024 and pause production of the Cadillac XT4 after January 2025," said the spokesperson.

The Detroit News reports that GM’s assembly plant in Kansas where the Malibu is currently built will become the new location for production of the next-gen Bolt and the Cadillac XT4. With GM’s decision to stop building the Malibu, Chevrolet will lay off some employees at the plant until the plant goes live again before the end of 2025.

With the death of the Chevrolet Camaro and Malibu, the Corvette will be the only car on sale in the automaker’s lineup. All of the automaker’s other vehicles include pickup trucks, SUVs, and electric vehicles. This puts Chevrolet on track to completely ditch the traditional sedan body style, which is something that GM has already done with the GMC and Buick brands. Drivers looking for an affordable sedan from GM will have to shop at Cadillac, which continues to offer the Cadillac CT5. Cadillac will also be coming out with the $340,000 Celestiq, though that’s not a high-volume vehicle.

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The Malibu name is one of GM’s oldest, first being introduced in 1964. This is the second time Chevrolet has discontinued the Malibu name, as the vehicle wasn’t available from 1984 to 1996. The Malibu nameplate was brought back in 1997 and has been around since. The current ninth-generation of the Malibu has been around since 2016 and at this point, the midsize sedan feels well past its prime.

Reports and rumors of Chevrolet’s plans to discontinue the Malibu have been around for a few years. In 2020, reports indicated that production of the Malibu would come to an end in 2022. Then in the beginning of 2022, Chevy stopped accepting fleet orders for the sedan. It looks like the Malibu stuck around for a bit longer than everyone expected, but it’s now being discontinued for good.

Chevrolet’s decision to stop making the Malibu follows a trend set out by American automakers. Ford killed off sedans years ago, while the Chrysler 300 was discontinued last year. Japanese and South Korean automakers continue to stick with sedans as automakers shift to purchasing SUVs.

Pictured: 2023 Chevrolet Malibu

Source: Motor1

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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