Eighteen months ago, the national debate in the U.S. was whether General Motors was worth bailing out with tax-payer dollars. These days, the debate around GM is whether the company's recently issued pubic stock is a good investment, and how many accolades its vehicles are getting from independent critics.
The 2011 Chevrolet Malibu sedan was recently named a 2011 Consumers Digest Automotive "Best Buy," and a Top Safety Pick for 2010 by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The two awards add to Malibu's growing list of more than 40 industry honors since it was launched all-new in 2007 as a 2008 model.The Malibu is the only mid-sized car in the industry to win the Consumers Digest award for the third consecutive year. Consumers Digest "Best Buys" are based on behind-the-wheel assessment, safety ratings, ownership costs, warranty, price, comfort, ergonomics, styling and amenities. They reflect Consumers Digest's view of which vehicles offer the most value for the money. The Malibu won the award for 2009, 2010 and 2011 model year vehicles.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal or poor based on performance in high-speed front and side crash tests, a rollover test, plus evaluations of seat/head restraints for protection against neck injuries in rear impacts. In addition, the winning vehicles must offer electronic stability control. The Malibu received a "good" rating in all four Institute tests, earning it a "Top Safety Pick" designation.
The Malibu is Chevrolet's and General Motors best-selling car in the U.S., representing nearly 10% of GM total vehicle sales and about 13% of Chevrolet total sales this year.
All Malibu powertrains are backed by GM's five-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Malibu, which competes against Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, and Ford Fusion, is priced starting at $22,735.00, which includes a $760 destination freight charge.
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