Aged to Perfection: Chevrolet Malibu Turns 50

1970 Chevy Chevelle
The Chevrolet Chevelle was the predecessor of the Malibu until 1972.

At a half of a century old, the Chevrolet Malibu is still going strong. The first Malibu came off of the assembly line in 1964 and with tires squealing, it hit the ground running from the very beginning. The Chevy Impala was claiming the full-size class and General Motors started thinking outside of the sheet metal box.  In 1964, the Malibu was one of the first “mid-size” cars ever built.

The first Generation Malibu lasted three years and was targeted mainly at mainstream American families. Although they introduced the sporty Malibu SS, the Malibu was tailored as the premium model over the ever popular Chevelle.

The Malibu stayed atop the mid-size charts throughout the 60’s and 70’s and eventually succeeded the Chevelle nameplate in 1977. The mid-size sedan would be strictly called the Malibu from 1978 all the way through today.

2014 Chevy MalibuThe Malibu was fully redesigned last year and Chevrolet has made some distinct changes for the 2014 model year. The new Malibu comes equipped with advanced technologies, extreme comfort, and a chiseled front end appearance. Couple this with its ECO offerings and the Malibu continues to be a leading mid-size sedan, even 50 years after its inception.

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