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Demand Surging for Highest-Mileage GM Models

All-time record for models getting 30 mpg+.

by on Apr.03, 2012

GM says demand is surging for high-mileage models like the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco.

The surge in fuel prices has led to a huge shift in buyer demand, according to General Motors, the maker reporting it sold more high-mileage models than ever last month.

Demand for products delivering 30 mpg or better has grown so much GM recently had to up incentives on less efficient V-6 versions of several crossover-utility vehicles because it was running out of higher-mileage four-cylinder models.

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“GM’s strategic investments in four-cylinder and turbocharged engines, advanced transmissions and vehicle electrification have been very well timed,” said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America.

With the industry set to report March sales later today, GM gave a hint of what is happening as the market responds to $4 gas.  Sales of the 12 models it offers in the U.S. getting at least 30 mpg will total more than 100,000 for the month, an all-time record, the company said.


First Drive: 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco

GM’s midsize gets a mild hybrid mileage boost.

by on Dec.19, 2011

Chevrolet will got to market first with the new 2013 Malibu Eco model.

There was a time, not all that many years ago, when General Motors owned the American midsize market.  But a procession of poorly designed and executed products all but ensured that the Japanese would take command – products like the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry today dominating the critical market segment.

The General began to signal its intent to regain its once-lofty position with the launch of an all-new Chevrolet Malibu in 2008 – the domestic sedan going on to win kudos as North American Car of the Year.  Now, Chevy hopes to ramp things up a couple more notches with the launch of the next-generation Malibu.

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We headed to Austin, Texas to spend some time in the new midsize sedan – or, more precisely, in the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco.  That’s the “mild” hybrid version that will be coming to market in the coming months, with the mainstream version to follow some months later once its all-new 4-cylinder engine is ready for production.