The upcoming 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is Chevrolet’s first midsized sedan to be sold worldwide, and parent company General Motors is making sure everyone on the planet and any satellites, nearby planets, and, heck, the galaxy, knows about its efforts.
Specifically, GM has subjected the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu to:
- One million miles of cumulative driving spread out among 170 pre-production 2013 Chevy Malibu sedans.
- The scorching heat of Death Valley, California, in the United States.
- Arizona state’s oppressive sun and its impact on the interior materials.
- The thin mountain air of the Rocky Mountains in the United States.
- The hills of North Carolina (which, apparently, are quite uncomfortable).
- Stop and go rush hour traffic in major cities like Chicago and Seoul—but not Los Angeles, which has the worst traffic in the U.S.?
- Monsoon rains of Korea and other Asian countries, whose damaged roads actually sound bad.
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu was also subjected in testing facilities in the UK and the US to simulate winter driving and corrosion. Even the Chevy Malibu’s coin holders were examined (most likely by “cash strapped” corporate citizens).
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu will debut first in South Korea before arriving here in the states sometime in the first quarter of 2012. The 2013 Chevy Malibu Eco model will herald the new lineup, with the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu LS, 2013 Chevrolet Malibu LT, and 2013 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ models (try saying that six times in a row) going into production later that year.
Automotive.com’s take: You mean General Motors doesn’t test all its vehicles like it does for the Chevrolet Malibu?
Source: General Motors/Chevrolet