Malibu (Chevrolet)

Jan 27, 2023

On January 26, Audi introduced the Audi activesphere four-door crossover coupé as the fourth model in a series of concepts, which also includes the Audi skysphere roadster in 2021, Audi grandsphere sedan and Audi urbansphere in April 2022.
As a coupé, it features classic proportions and lines, but the rear of the car can transforms into an open cargo bed (“active back”) for transporting sports gear.
The concept car, which was designed at the Audi Design Studio in Malibu, California, measures 4.98 meters long, 2.07 meters wide, and 1.60 meters high, with a wheelbase of2.97 meters.
The Audi activesphere concept is based on Premium Platform Electric (PPE) architecture being developed under Audi’s leadership together with Porsche AG.
Electric motors on the front and rear axles of the all-wheel drive Audi activesphere concept deliver a total output of 325 kW and a system torque of 720 Nm.
The PPE is the first platform designed to accommodate a wide range of high-volume B/C segments – including SUVs and CUVs with high ground clearance as well as cars with a flat silhouette, such as the Audi A6 series, whose external dimensions are almost identical to the Audi activesphere concept.
The first Audi production vehicles based on PPE will be presented, one after the other, before the end of 2023.

(Audi press release on January 26, 2023)

Dec 21, 2022

On December 19, it was reported that Chevrolet is recalling approximately 2,100 units of the Chevrolet Malibu from the 2022 and 2023 model years due to a defective front impact bar.
The impact beam, supplied by Dieomatic, can be 10 mm too small, and as a result, can separate or fail in case of frontal collision.
The decreased length leads to insufficient welding of the impact bar.
This can lead to frontal impact sensors not functioning as intended, which increases the likelihood of injury.
While the number of recalled units is small, GM will repurchase any defective vehicles instead of implementing a corrective action.
The vehicles impacted were built between July 27, 2022 and August 3, 2022.

(Multiple sources from December 19, 2022)

Nov 17, 2022

On November 15, the Genesis X Convertible concept was unveiled in Malibu, California ahead of LA Auto Show.
The four-passenger Genesis X Convertible concept shares its architecture and electric powertrain with the X Concept in 2021 and X Speedium Coupe concept in 2022.
Combined with its folding hardtop roof—that integrates transparent moon roofs above the front occupants to provide an open feel even when closed—the architecture and powertrain sets the perfect stage to communicate with nature with its quiet nature while driving.
The interior design takes its inspiration from Korean roof architecture, which is a nod to both the brand’s origins as well as the most important aspect of convertible cars.

(Genesis press release on November 15, 2022)