See How the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu is Made on the Latest Wide Open Throttle

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With the 2013 Honda Accord revealed this week, and many other midsizers receiving updates for 2013, the new Chevrolet Malibu faces some stiff competition in its class. In this week’s episode of Wide Open Throttle, host Jessi Lang takes a tour of the factory where Chevy’s new sedan is built. Granted access to GM’s Fairfax, Kans. assembly plant, Lang takes us inside the facility where the Malibu is built. There, we see cars go from a drivetrain-less shell to a complete, running Chevy Malibu by the end of the assembly line. The plant employs 3700 people and operates 24 hours a day, allowing the facility a capacity of 1270 Malibu sedans a day – or one every 58 seconds. We see the various stages of the Malibu’s assembly process, carried out by GM’s factory workers and advanced machinery. Once the factory tour ends, Lang speaks with one of Malibu’s lead engineers in Detroit. Global vehicle performance manager Mark Meyers reviews the 2013 Malibu range, which includes two efficiency-focused four-cylinder engines, but will expand with a V-6-replacing turbocharged 259-hp 2.0-liter I-4 this fall. After driving the 2.5-liter Malibu, Lang asks what you think of the industry’s current engine downsizing trend. Chime in with your thoughts in the comments section and watch the full episode below.

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Phil Gr8
I think the turbo 4 will be great impovement for fuel economy and performace. Should be a win win. Whats not to like?
J James
I love my '13 Malibu. I traded my new '2010 Mazda 3 and what a jump up in class it is. The Mazda was great but the Malibu is ten times better. A real car. A solid car. I bought the Mazda because it was a simple car that I was looking for to get me 'to the Post Office' and back but it was nicely finished but austere at the same time. Bring on the Malibu and it is a solid car and I feel it is made to last. So much better for the occasional long trips. Thanks Chevrolet.
DERRECK
Its a great car i really hope it does well
Dennis Davis
The Aisians have been successful in using 4 bangers for years. They however have always designed their cars to be smaller and as a result, much lighter. My only fear about putting these lower torque engines in larger American designs is weather they will stay together, especially with the increased use of turbos to give them more power. I think the V-6 could be made more fuel efficient with some re-design work, but they would be more expensive to produce.

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