Last week General Motors and Chevrolet celebrated the 50th anniversary of the iconic Malibu. Back in 1964, the Malibu was one of the first midsize cars in America. Now in its eight generation, the 2014 Chevrolet Malibu delivers a level of efficiency, comfort, and technology that was unimaginable in the early years of the nameplate.
Back in the day, the first Chevrolet Malibu showcased a stylish–for that time–exterior that separated it from the rest of the Chevrolet lineup that was filled with full-sized models like the Impala, Nova, and Corvette. The Malibu gets its name from the iconic Californian city that was the epitome of beach culture during that era.
Over the generations, the Malibu has evolved into what we see today, but how different is the latest model from the first generation? The first Malibu was longer, lighter, and had a bigger engine. Other changes include updated transmissions, higher performance, and the switch from rear-wheel drive to front-wheel drive.
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