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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