Chevy Malibu Said to Top Camry in Fuel Efficiency

Bloomberg News

Gen­er­al Motors Co. has updat­ed its Chevro­let Mal­ibu after dis­ap­point­ing sales, claims the 2014 model’s esti­mat­ed fuel econ­o­my will increase by 12 per­cent and beat out the Toy­ota Cam­ry.

Find out more about how the Mal­ibu com­pares with the Toy­ota Cam­ry.

Gen­er­al Motors Co., updat­ing the Chevro­let Mal­ibu after dis­ap­point­ing sales, said the 2014 model’s esti­mat­ed fuel econ­o­my for city and high­way dri­ving will increase 12 per­cent, beat­ing the Toy­ota Cam­ry.

The base 2014 Mal­ibu, which reach­es U.S. show­rooms lat­er this year, will get 29 miles (47 kilo­me­ters) per gal­lon in com­bined city and high­way use, Detroit-based GM said today in a state­ment. The 2013 base mod­el was rat­ed at 26 mpg, accord­ing to the U.S. Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency’s web­site. Toy­ota Motor Corp’s  2014 base Cam­ry gets a com­bined 28 mpg, accord­ing to the EPA.

“In this com­pet­i­tive mid-size seg­ment, there is no stand­ing still,” Chris Per­ry, Chevrolet’s mar­ket­ing vice pres­i­dent, said in the state­ment. U.S. sales of the Mal­ibu fell 20 per­cent through July to 123,573, while deliv­er­ies of the top-sell­ing Cam­ry decreased 0.6 per­cent to 242,406, accord­ing to researcher Auto­da­ta Corp.

GM announced changes for the 2014 mod­el in May, includ­ing a sporti­er front end and roomi­er back seat intend­ed to address crit­i­cisms of the total­ly redesigned sedan intro­duced last year. Today’s fuel-econ­o­my esti­mates are bet­ter than what GM had pre­vi­ous­ly said the updat­ed Mal­ibu would get. The com­pa­ny said in May that city per­for­mance would increase 5 per­cent. In fact, the base model’s city rat­ing rose about 14 per­cent to 25 mpg.

Pro­duc­tion of the revamped car has begun and cars begin arriv­ing in show­rooms as soon as next month, Mark Reuss, pres­i­dent of GM’s North Amer­i­can divi­sion, said. The 2014 base Malibu’s price, exclud­ing des­ti­na­tion fees, increas­es by $145 to $22,140, GM said.




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