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North American Car, Truck of Year Finalists Announced

Big Three only gets one nominee this year.

by on Dec.08, 2015

The 2016 Nissan Titan XD will come in five grades, including this Pro 4X version. It's also a finalist for North American Truck of the Year.

Three cars and three trucks have been named finalists in the North American Car and Truck of the Year competition, which will culminate in an announcement of the winners in both categories at the opening of the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The finalists for the car of the year are the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu, Mazda MX-5 Miata and Honda Civic, while the list of truck and utility vehicles nominees include the Volvo XC90, Nissan Titan XD and Honda Pilot.

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Lindsay Brooke, one of the 53 NACTOY jurors who presented the nominees during a luncheon hosted by the Detroit’s Automotive Press Association, said the challenge for this year’s jurors was the large number of new vehicles that debuted during 2016. Forty-nine new vehicles made their debut during the year. (more…)

Over Half of All Cars to Feature Stop-Start by 2024

But consumer complaints remain a problem.

by on Apr.13, 2015

The new Malibu is one of many new vehicles adding Stop-Start and other advanced fuel saving technology.

When the new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu rolls into showrooms later this year it will offer a variety of powertrain options including a base 1.5-liter turbo package that will feature standard Stop-Start, making it the latest in a growing list of models equipped with the fuel-saving technology.

Within the next decade, forecasts Navigant Research, Stop-Start will be standard equipment on the majority of new cars, trucks and crossovers sold worldwide, according to a new study by Navigant Research. That’s more than double today’s numbers.

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“The basic Stop-Start system is gradually evolving into one piece of a multifaceted approach to improving fuel economy in light duty vehicles,” according to Navigant’s senior research analyst David Alexander.

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10 Hottest Debuts at the 2015 NY Auto Show

Compacts and full-size luxury; hybrids and high-performance supercars.

by on Apr.06, 2015

The Cadillac CT6 makes its NY debut.

The turnstiles are now open at New York’s Jacob Javits convention center, spinning rapidly as the crowds rush in to check out all the new sheet metal on display at the annual NY International Auto Show.

TheDetroitBureau.com team was on hand for all the unveilings at last week’s media preview, a two-day extravaganza that saw more than two dozen different unveilings. Some of the new models played it safe, others are simply forgettable. But there also were plenty of surprises and significant debuts.

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Here’s our list of the Top 10 Debuts at the 2015 New York International Auto Show. Click on the product names for more complete coverage.

Chevy Planning to Reveal Redesigned Malibu at NY Auto Show

Longer, lighter, more efficient and more coupe-like.

by on Mar.05, 2015

The 2016 Malibu will adopt a more fastback shape.

Chevrolet hopes to win back midsize sedan fans with the redesigned 2016 Malibu it says it will introduce at the New York Auto Show a little more than a month from now.

The new model, the maker hints, will be longer yet lighter and more fuel-efficient. It will get a number of new tech features. And, from the teaser image Chevy is offering up, it appears to be evolving into a more coupe-like body style.  Chevy clearly needs to make some major improvement after some disappointing missteps with the current sedan.

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“Using a blank slate approach, Chevrolet designers benefited from an entirely new architecture, which for Malibu includes a wheelbase nearly four inches longer than the outgoing model,” the maker says. “That, in turn, provides increased rear legroom and interior space.”

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Chevy Does Emergency “Refresh” to Bolster Lagging Malibu Sales

Sedan will get more rear seat space, new center console and updates to the powertrain line-up.

by on May.31, 2013

Chevy does a quick update on Malibu.

General Motors has revealed an updated version of its 4-door Chevrolet Malibu, an unexpectedly rapid “refresh” of the midsize sedan that reflects the less than stellar reception it has received since its introduction last year.

Due to market this coming autumn, the 2014 will feature modest exterior updates and a number of more substantial changes to the interior – all reflecting feedback Chevy has received both from those who’ve bought the Malibu and from potential buyers that turned to the maker’s competitors, said Mark Reuss, president of GM’s North American operations.

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Though the current version of the Malibu has been on the market for barely a year, development “was done before we went through bankruptcy,” Reuss noted during a conversation with reporters.  The vehicle reflects the way things by GM’s old management team, he added, and “was not aggressive enough.”

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Chevrolet Delivers 10th Consecutive Quarter of Record Global Sales

But Europe continues to drag down Chevy, GM.

by on Apr.16, 2013

The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu has been one of the bowtie brand's few recent disappointments.

Generating almost exactly half of its parent’s worldwide total, Chevrolet posted sales of 1.18 million vehicles during the first quarter of 2013, its 10th consecutive quarterly record – despite the continuing slide of the European automotive market.

General Motors itself saw sales jump 3.6% for the quarter, to 2.36 million worldwide. The industry overall grew just 1.5% year-over-year. That allowed GM to boost its global market share to 11.4%, up from 11.2% during the first quarter of 2012.

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Since its emergence from bankruptcy in 2009, GM has put increasing focus on Chevrolet as a worldwide, rather than American, brand and the latest numbers underscore that transition. U.S. motorists purchased 469,000 vehicles wearing the bowtie badge during the first quarter, or just under 40% of the global Chevy total.

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Feds May Force GM to Add Another Million Vehicles to Earlier Recall

NHTSA studying brake light, other electrical problems.

by on Mar.13, 2013

The previous-generation Chevy Malibu could be caught up if NHTSA orders a new recall.

Federal safety regulators are considering the need to expand an earlier General Motors recall due to potentially faulty brake lights and other problems, a move that could involve more than 1 million GM midsize passenger cars.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is primarily targeting models sharing similar electric systems with the Pontiac G6. That model was a recall target four years ago when it was found that some of the models produced in 2005 and 2006 had brake lights that did not operate properly.

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NHTSA is now looking at even more of the G6 models, potentially covering model-years 2005 through 2008, a move that could involve as many as 550,000 vehicles. The safety agency says it has so far received 212 reports indicating brake lights don’t always come on when the brake pedal is depressed. The original recall was linked to potential corrosion of a wiring connector.

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Chevy Struggles to Kickstart Sluggish Malibu Sales

Price cut could help – but “emergency refresh” also coming.

by on Feb.12, 2013

Chevrolet has had little success taking on the dominant Japanese with the new 2013 Malibu.

Chevrolet’s goal of regaining its once-lofty position in the U.S. midsize sedan market have failed to materialize –forcing the maker to slash prices and order up an “emergency refresh” of the only recently redesigned Malibu.

General Motor’s largest brand will slash the price on its midsize Malibu by as much as $770 hoping to keep the sedan from losing more ground to its import and domestic competitors. Introduced in early 2012, the domestic 4-door faces a formidable assortment of competitors in one of the market’s toughest segments, including all-new versions of the Ford Fusion, Nissan Altima and Honda Accord, as well as the midsize sales leader, the Toyota Camry.

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Malibu sales did post a modest gain in 2012, according to tracking firm Autodata, but the 3.3% rise, to 210,951 units, lagged well behind the overall 13.5% increase in the U.S. market. Malibu’s unanticipated shortfall is one reason why parent General Motors lost 1.5 points of market share in 2012, industry analysts report.

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GM: Yes to E-REV and eAssist, No to Traditional Hybrids

Automaker wants to build 500,000 electrified vehicles by 2017.

by on Nov.15, 2012

General Motors expects to build 500,000 vehicles with some level of electrification in the next five years. Many of them will have GM's eAssist light electrification system.

Despite poor sales of the Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicle, GM says it is committed to building hundreds of thousands of electrified vehicles in the next five years.

Mary Barra, senior vice president of global product development for GM, said besides plug-in technology such as in the Volt, GM will also add its eAssist mild hybrid system to more models. In fact, by 2017, GM expects to have as many as 500,000 vehicles on the road with some form of electrification.

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“The plug-in offers a unique opportunity to change the way people commute,” Mary Barra, senior vice president of Global Product Development told media attending the GM Electrification Experience in San Francisco. “Plug-based solutions will play a significant role in our technology portfolio going forward.”

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Can Ford Land on Top With New Fusion?

“Aiming for the sweet spot.”

by on Sep.19, 2012

Celeb pitchman Ryan Seacrest will step up his efforts on behalf of the 2013 Ford Fusion.

If you’re hoping to measure the importance of the new Fusion sedan to Ford’s future just consider the efforts the automaker has gone to this week to give the newly redesigned midsize model a strong send-off.  The maker notably trotted out CEO Alan Mulally and other senior executives for a series of high-profile previews in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco and, of course, Detroit.

It’s understandable.  The new Fusion is Ford’s most important launch of the year.  Some might contend it’s the most significant in several years.  Among other things, it repositions the Detroit maker as a viable contender in the hotly contested midsize sedan segment for the first time in years.

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The last time Ford dominated it was selling the original version of the Taurus, a quarter-century ago.  But after shifting focus to its SUV line, that once-heralded sedan lost its momentum and eventually turned into little more than a rent-a-car option.  The Japanese took over in the midsize market, a dominant position they have held ever since.

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