Motor Trend headed to Kansas City, Kansas for Episode 28 of Wide Open Throttle. Host Jessi Lang covered assemblage of the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, General Motor’s first global mid-sized sedan. Manufactured at the GM Fairfax assembly plant in Kansas, the Malibu starts off in the plant’s paint station where the high-strength body is painted according to the desired color. Conveyor belts carry the newly painted body and doors to the appropriate stations where GM workers add door paneling, seats, windshields, etc. The chassis, which contains many of the Malibu’s parts like its powertrain, is merged (or “married”) with the body towards the end of the assembly line. Workers there check the Malibu’s tires as well as perform software programming and quality control.
The Fairfax plant runs 24 hours a day. Lang says a new Malibu is built once every 58 seconds; over 1,200 car roll off the assembly plant per day.
Check out the video below, which also discuss the Malibu’s three engine options: 2.5-liter four-cylinder, 2.4-liter four-cylinder with electric motor (eAssist), and turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. All Malibu models come equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission.
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