Chevy Malibu Discontinued

Chevrolet Malibu production concluding in November to usher in next-gen Bolt arriving late 2022.

The Chevrolet Malibu has been on the decline for quite some time due to changes in consumer preferences towards electric vehicles and away from traditional sedans. General Motors revealed on Wednesday that production of the Malibu will cease in November. According to the Detroit News, the upcoming generation of the Bolt will eventually replace the Malibu at GM’s Fairfax Assembly plant in Kansas.

General Motors announced that they will be discontinuing the production of the Chevrolet Malibu in November 2024 and temporarily halting production of the Cadillac XT4 after January 2025. This decision comes after nine generations and over 10 million global sales of the Chevrolet Malibu, as confirmed by a GM spokesperson in a statement to the Detroit News.

Due to the discontinuation of the Malibu, there will be job cuts at the factory until it resumes car production in late 2025. The facility will manufacture both the new Bolt and XT4 concurrently. The XT4 will return to production in its existing form. Cadillac has no intentions of making the model electric despite it being produced alongside the next Bolt.

Once production of the Malibu ceases, Chevrolet’s lineup will consist solely of the Corvette as the only traditional car. Chevy will transition into a brand focused on crossovers, SUVs, and trucks, aligning with Buick and GMC. In America, the only remaining GM sedans will be the Cadillac CT4 and CT5, along with the upcoming ultra-luxurious Celestiq.

The Malibu has a long history as one of Chevrolet’s classic models. Initially introduced as a high-end trim for the Chevelle from 1964 to 1978, the Malibu later became its own standalone model until 1983. After a brief hiatus, it was reintroduced in 1997 and has been a consistent part of Chevy’s vehicle lineup ever since.

The vehicle was the final classic sedan from a prominent American company. Ford discontinued all of its sedans a few years ago, and the Chrysler 300 was phased out last year. Even though it was on its way out, Chevy still sold 130,000 Malibus last year. May it be remembered fondly.

Update 5/8/24 at 3:12 PM: Cadillac has verified to Motor1 that there will be no changes to the XT4 when production resumes in late next year. This information has been reflected in the updated story.

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