Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Ruby Tuesday - Chevrolet Malibu

Here is a nice new Chevrolet Malibu.  I like the smooth styling.  All the new cars seem to have done a major shift in styling.  Gone forever is the boxy shape to be replaced with flowing lines.  Very attractive I think.  I suppose not everyone will agree.

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Leedslass said... [Reply to comment]

By "everyone" are you thinking of me Bill??? LOL Car, shmar to my way of thinking.

DrillerAA09 said... [Reply to comment]

I have found that as I grow older, I am less able to distinguish car models and their year of production. Of course I've owned nothing but trucks and SUV's since 1991, so that might have something to do with it.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Correct sir - not everyone agrees! ;)
As a 'car guy' , I cant even tell them apart anymore . The reason is simple; other than an extreme lack of talent in the design departments, the wind tunnel is dictating design instead of the designer. Physics works the same for everyone, hence they all look alike. Sad.
About this particular model tho - I have not driven one but I imagine its a nice car [for a new car]. The structural architecture and suspension design is basically the SAAB 9.3 that was set to be introduced before the company was murdered. The previous 'Malibu' is the last generation SAAB 9.3 under the skin, as is the small buick [whatever its called] . The larger buick is the SAAB 9.5 beneath the buick spec sheetmetal and dampers. Before GM killed the company due to politics, much of the chassis engineering for their cars was done by SAAB and Opel, including that for the new Chevy Cruze and that Cadillac SUV you posted the other day. [actually a SAAB 9.4x]
More than you care to know I'm sure!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

YHH I didn't know about SAAB and GM.
I don't think that Saab had a big market share here but I understood they made good cars.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Yep - GM bought a majority of SAAB in the 90s and fully acquired it in 99 as I remember. They used SAABs engineering dept for a variety of projects worldwide due not only to their expertise and history with aircraft, but as an accounting measure. Sweden probably has the most confiscatory tax laws of any country where GM manufactured, so by using their engineering and charging costs off to SAAB - even tho the project may have been for Chevrolet, Vauxhall or whomever- could show an operating loss there in Sweden. I wont get into the politics of what killed the maker here nor who reaped the benefit...