Chevy Malibu Said to Top Camry in Fuel Efficiency

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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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