Category Archives: Malibu

2016 Malibu Hybrid’s Powertrain Borrows from the New Volt

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

For the 2016 model year, the Chevrolet Malibu will also be offered as an electric, which we at Bradshaw Chevrolet have now learned will be powered in part by technology developed for the 2016 Chevrolet Volt.

That can only be a good thing as we’ve learned at Bradshaw Automotive, because the Volt is an exceptional vehicle when it comes to electric technology.  We have high expectations for the new 2016 Chevy Malibu Hybrid.

Some of the borrowed parts will included a modified two-motor drive unit, which will be mated to an all-new, direct-injection 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine as part of the Malibu Hybrid’s powertrain. That’ll give it a total output of 182 horsepower and the ability to go up to 55 mph on electricity alone!

The two vehicles also share power electronics and a blended regenerative braking system, which stores kinetic energy produced under braking into the battery system.

The Malibu Hybrid will offer an estimated fuel economy rating exceeding 45 mpg, which is higher than the competing hybrid variants of the Ford Fusion, Toyota Camry, and Hyundai Sonata.

Tell us what you think of the new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu as an electric vehicle here at Bradshaw Automotive as we wait for it to come into stores!

Chevy Top Safety Picks: Four Models Recognized by IIHS

Safety has always been a top priority for Chevrolet. Each year, the automaker strives to provide the best safety technology to make sure its drivers reach their destinations in one piece. Never has this been truer than now, as the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently named four Chevy Top Safety Picks for their excellent performance in a variety of crash tests.

Chevy Top Safety PicksThe 2015 Chevrolet Malibu, Volt, Spark, and Equinox were all named Top Safety Picks by independent nonprofit testing agency. The four Chevy vehicles named received their designations for their performance in five separate crash tests—small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraints.

Jeff Boyer, GM vice president, Global Vehicle Safety, commented, “Consumer metric programs such as IIHS Top Safety Pick and NHTSA NCAP provide our customers with information to make comparisons across vehicle manufacturers for a given market segment. Having these four vehicles named 2015 IIHS Top Safety Picks is a great achievement.”

This year, the IIHS named 71 models across the industry as either Top Safety Picks or Top Safety Pick+ compared to just 39 in 2014, showing how far all automakers have come in their quest to produce safer vehicles than ever before. To see the four Chevy Top Safety Picks in person, come see us at Bradshaw Chevrolet today!