General Motors has enlisted its Australian brand, Holden, to help fine-tune the upcoming 2013 Chevrolet Malibu. The new car is a global model intended for sale in over 100 countries worldwide, so Holden engineers are tasked with calibrating the Malibu for sales in overseas markets.
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu will go into production in South Korea this fall, with production at facilities in the U.S. and China ramping up by early 2012. In Australia, the new car will be sold as the Holden Malibu, marking the first use of the Malibu nameplate in that country. In every other market, the sedan will retain its Chevrolet branding and bowtie emblems.
The future Malibu will use a range of fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines, with a 190-hp, 2.5-liter inline-four slated for American models. It will be coupled to a new, efficient six-speed automatic transmission. Chevrolet also is planning a Malibu Eco, which uses a mild hybrid system predicted to return up to 38 mpg.
Holden engineers are developing the Malibu on the group’s Lang Lang Proving Ground and Australia’s Phillip Town coastal resort. GM assigned the work to Holden as part of the company’s global work share initiative — engineering projects are farmed out to divisions with the time, resources, and skills to complete them. Holden will continue development work on the new Malibu through late 2012.