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Set to go on sale this fall at a Chevy dealer in Phoenix, Chevrolet has recently released details of their latest 2014 Malibu. It includes updated styling, a revised interior, a new 2.5L standard engine and suspension enhancements. Among the changes, the biggest news is that all Malibu models will get stop-start technology on the standard model, which shuts down the engine while stopped to conserve fuel.

Fitted to a new 2.5-liter gasoline engine design with variable valve lift control and direct injection, stop-start helps contribute to estimated city economy of 23 mpg and a 35 mpg highway rating. According to Chevy, it is about a 5 percent and 3 percent improvement over the old model. To ensure functions like the stereo and climate control still work while the engine is switched off, an auxiliary battery powers these accessories. When you take your foot off the brake, the engine restarts.

The new engine also offers lower emissions and a little more power.  The variable lift valves reduce lift and when demand is low, opens them further for more power when under load or at higher speeds. A 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine is still available, with 259 horsepower and 295 pounds-feet of torque. Chassis updates on both models improve ride quality and reduce body roll, using techniques inspired by the 2014 Impala.

The most visible changes are a new look influenced by the sharp-suited new Impala, with a more prominent lower grille and narrower upper grille. Chrome accents give the 2014 Chevy Malibu a more distinctive look than before. Redesigned seats improve comfort and interior space with just over an inch of extra rear knee room.  Also, a redesigned center console now features a longer armrest, with a pair of cup holders and storage for two cellphones.

Safety features including Side Blind Zone Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert are also now available, as is a rear-view camera system. 10 airbags are standard.

For more information on the 2014 Chevy Malibu, visit Freeway Chevy.

 

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The J.D. Power Initial Quality Study serves as the industry benchmark for new-vehicle quality, and has been redesigned for 2013. The study has been enhanced to better measure the quality of today’s vehicles, particularly problems related to new technologies and features now being offered. This year, General Motors scored its best showing in eight years in a closely watched customer survey by moving more slowly than its rivals in outfitting its vehicles with the latest technologies. Visit a Phoenix Chevrolet dealer for more information.

The study found overall that the majority of problems customers faced were not on account of defects of faulty manufacturing. The Initial Quality Study indicated that the issues customers experienced within the first 90 days of ownership had to do with the design of certain features, rather than defects.

GMC was crowned the top-ranked non-premium brand at 90 problems per 100 vehicles, and second overall in the study, trailing only Porsche (80 problems per 100 vehicles). Compared to last year, GMC climbed a significant 10 spots, and was the top-ranked non-premium brand. Chevrolet also jumped 10 spots and ranked fifth overall and second among non-premium brands with 97 problems per 100 vehicles. Cadillac tied with Audi for 13th overall and 7th among premium brands, at 108 problems per 100 vehicles. Buick finished just behind, with 109 problems per 100 vehicles.

Among 26-model-level segment awards, Chevrolet earned five – the most of any make. Overall rankings by nameplate indicated that eight General Motors vehicles, all available at an Arizona Chevy dealer, were ranked highest in their segments for most customer satisfaction.

They included:

  • Chevy Camaro – midsize sporty car
  • Chevy Impala – large car
  • Buick Encore – subcompact crossover
  • Chevrolet Tahoe – large crossover
  • Cadillac Escalade – large premium crossover
  • Chevrolet Avalanche and GMC Sierra LD – large light-duty pickup
  • Chevrolet Silverado HD – and large heavy-duty pickup

For more information on the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study, or GM vehicles, visit Freeway Chevrolet.