Monday, December 7, 2009

Car Style - The Chevrolet Malibu (7th Generation)

John Marine | 12/07/2009 12:49:00 PM | |
As my mother's van was put in the shop, I saw she got a new rental car- a Chevrolet Malibu LT. I may start offering my views on cars. But if you're expecting driving reviews, remember... I don't have a driving license, and I'm not any kind of great driver outside of video games. So what's the point? I'm going to explain things on style.

--- First Thoughts ---
(some information taken from: the Wikipedia entry on the Chevy Malibu )

The latest Malibu is the seventh generation of this car that debuted back in 1964. The Malibu was discontinued between 1983 (the year I was born) and brought back in 1997. The models between 1964 and 1983 were rear-wheel drive. Newer Malibus have since been front-wheel drive (or for most people, "wrong-wheel drive"). The 5th generation of this car was unveiled back in 1997 and ran through 2003. It was an alright-looking car for its time. Then between 2004-2007, Chevy decided to ugly it up. But not as ugly as the 2003 Chevrolet Cavalier. The Chevy Malibu Maxx was trying to be somewhat a combination of a sedan and a hatchback. It just looked completely disproportionate.

Now enter the latest Chevy Malibu:

Okay, liked it, love it!  The new Chevy Malibu.  This one is hybrid.
^ picture taken by me from the 2008 Houston Auto Show

The latest Malibu is a 4-door sedan that is beautifully styled from bumper to bumper. I had my own thoughts that is wasn't all that good design-wise. But if you take a look at this car, the car has plenty of bold lines even for an economy car like this. What stands out to me style-wise for this car is just how beautiful everything comes together. The front grill follows the trend of tall front grills (or as I used to say, vertically elongated grills). The car looks like a two-piece grill design, but it's really styled more like one large front grill. The front lights are styled boldly and match the boldness provided by the front grill and the sharp lines. Taking a look at the rear, you notice its clean, yet bold style follows the rear. Unlike the front, however, the rear doesn't appear as bold as the front.

On the inside, the latest Malibu is styled tastefully with various chrome accents, wood trim, and a stylish center console. The seats are pretty comfortable whether as a passenger or as the driver. The gauge cluster looks great.

--- In Conclusion... ---
As a whole, I think the latest Chevrolet Malibu is a great-looking car and MUCH better-looking than the previous version. This would be the kind of four-door sedan I'd look for if I had a family of my own and wanted something stylish to get out on the road in. No matter which of the models you choose from, you're getting a well-styled car. From a style perspective, this car delivers a much more bold appearance than say... the Toyota Corolla or the Toyota Camry. It is a tastefully-designed car that makes us forget all about (at least in terms of appearance) the 6th Generation Malibu models).

I'm going to start discussing car styling as part of my blog material. When I see certain cars that I want to discuss, I'll be sure to blog about it. Now note that I haven't mentioned driving performance, performance numbers (like horsepower and torque), or any kind of driving review. I'm here solely to talk about style of cars. I'll be sure to discuss many more cars in the future if I can get around to discussing them in a great way. I may even blog about older automobiles.

Thanks for reading. Now go have a great day!

UPDATE: 3/27/2010
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