The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu will be going on sale (starting with the Malibu Eco) here in the United States in the first quarter of 2012. But before the Malibu makes its introduction in your local dealers engineers for the all new sedan have rolled past 1 million miles of on-road development testing – accumulated in about 22 months on six continents.
Since the new Malibu will be sold in nearly 100 countries on 6 continents, engineers decided that the only way to ensure the car’s overall ride and handling, comfort, quality and durability was to drive it for a long time around those 6 continents.
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“You learn a lot about a car when you spend so much time in it – and that’s exactly the point,” said Mark Moussa, global chief engineer. “In the last year and a half, during every minute of the day, a 2013 Malibu has been driving somewhere around the world – all to make it the best car it can be.”
The million miles were completed on a fleet of 170 pre-production models that averages more than 45,450 miles every month. That’s the same as:
- 66.66 years of driving a car 15,000 miles annually
- 201 round-trips between New York City and Los Angeles
- Two trips to the moon and back.
“You never know about those fine details until you get the vehicle on the road,” said Moussa. “Our million miles in testing should inspire confidence for anyone who considers buying a 2013 Malibu.”
– By: Omar Rana