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.