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    "Malibu is a strong example of the exciting new generation of products coming from General Motors."

Holden's new Malibu sedan will get wireless connectivity.

The Malibu -- a replacement for the practical but unloved Epica -- will be available with a choice of 2.4-litre petrol or 2.0-litre turbo diesel engines.

It also gets a premium audio system with Both engines will be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission with Active Select. It will also feature Holden MyLink technology when the mid-sized sedan is launched next year.

Holden's Mike Devereux said Malibu is a stylish and aspirational new global model that will introduce a true mid-size contender to the Holden range with the latest in infotainment technology. "Malibu is a strong example of the exciting new generation of products coming from General Motors," Mr Devereux said.

"It's a genuine premium sedan with strong visual appeal, mid-size interior packaging, Holden-tuned ride and handling and a surprising list of standard features. "And the addition of Holden MyLink ensures it will offer customers a truly compelling package." "Holden MyLink is very smart technology and Malibu will be among the first cars in our portfolio to get it.

MyLink elevates wireless connectivity to a completely new level by enabling customers to control certain smartphone apps through Malibu's touchscreen. Malibu will compete against the likes of Camry, Mondeo and the Mazda6. "Our team has created a unique suspension tune for Australia and developed Malibu's transmission calibrations for multiple GM markets like Australia, Europe and North America," Mr Devereux said.

"It's thanks to our vast technical expertise as a mature manufacturing, engineering and design centre that Holden is able to fine-tune the products we sell locally and provide our input for significant global programs like Malibu." Holden will announce full Malibu specification, pricing and model line-up closer to its launch in the second quarter of 2013.


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  • malibu is so ugly,but most modern cars are,the epica is as ugly as the rest as well,we have a couple of these diesel epicas on the fleet as loan cars and they get flogged to death ,and yet they have proven to be unbreakable,they just keep going and and never have any issues,its crazy,but these are facts,and despite the sinfull treatment these poor things get,expect 8.2L/100Ks,they always deliver,so if you are looking for a cheaper later used car for under $14 or15 grand you will not waste your money,i do not know what the petrol ones are like but the diesel ones get the job done,and cloth seats are better to sit in then the hardish leather seats anyday too,so if the malibu(stupid name) is better then epica ,it might be a good thing for the holden mob,lets hope so..

    old man38 of coffs harbour Posted on 20 April 2013 9:09pm
  • I really like the look of this, and I think it would suit us (and the planned family) really well....only problem is the lack of a manual gearbox. I know there's no way my husband will buy an automatic vehicle, even though he likes the look of the Malibu as well. Maybe if the Turbo comes out over here, it will be released with a manual option...we can only hope!!

    Sezy of Osborne Park, WA Posted on 26 November 2012 7:41pm
  • Have any of you people actually seen it. Thought not. I have seen it and in August I drove one from Phoenix to Flagstaff Arizona and on to Las Vegas, over a two day period with the temperature at 100 degrees F. I was impressed.

    Howard Posted on 15 November 2012 9:57pm
  • Better looking than any Korean offerring, my KIA looks terrible, boy I regret buying it because it was cheap

    Knee All of Cairns FNQ Posted on 14 November 2012 9:58am
  • I hope for their sake they are planning a facelift before it lands. It's a dull looking thing.

    Neal of Cairns FNQ Posted on 13 November 2012 1:24pm
  • That car makes a Camry look stylish. The stylists must be on some good drugs.

    Normie of Qld Posted on 12 November 2012 9:36pm
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