Posted on May 20, 2012

Jaidah Automotive  –  a subsidiary of the long-established and influential conglomerate Jaidah Group, has announced the arrival in Qatar of Chevrolet’s all-new 2013 Chevrolet Malibu.

The Malibu provides customers with expressive design, advanced technologies, ride performance and fuel-efficient powertrains. As sole importer of Chevrolet cars and spare parts to Qatar, the Malibu is exclusively available at Jaidah Automotive Showrooms.

More than 8.5 million Malibus have been produced since its debut in 1964 and the all-new eighth generation 2013 Malibu retains the ‘DNA’ of the award-laden seventh generation, but made even better a car with improvements across the board.

The sedan reveals a bold new look with aggressive, sporty design cues sitting atop a range of 16-, 17- or 18-inch wheels. The new body style not only looks good, but its aerodynamic qualities – honed by more than 400 hours of wind tunnel testing – produce a drag coefficient of .29 Cd – the same figure as the very sleek Corvette sports car.

Interior volume is increased by 113 liters, the quality of cabin materials has been uprated throughout, and it offers the quietest ride in its segment through the use of components that prevent tire, wind and road noise from entering the cabin. A richer complement of interior details – including high-tech lighting elements – and high-quality materials support the Malibu’s more sophisticated presence.

The new Malibu features a lineup of fuel-efficient and powerful four and six cylinder engines. The ‘Ecotec’ 2.4L dual overhead cam, four-cylinder engine with direct injection uses continuously variable valve timing to optimize performance, efficiency, and emissions. It produces 170 hp at 5800 rpm and 230 Nm of torque at 4600 rpm allowing it to achieve 0-100 km/h in 10.2 seconds. The 3.0L engine uses spark ignition direct injection and continuously variable valve timing to optimize performance, efficiency and emissions. It produces 260 hp at 6900 rpm and 290 Nm of torque at 5600 rpm allowing it to achieve 0-100 km/h in 8.1 seconds.

Power and performance are nothing without ride quality and handling, and the new Malibu once again offers segment-best ride and handling. Benefiting from continuous refinement of an award-winning predecessor, the Chevrolet development team matched the car’s resized proportions – including wider front and rear tracks – with more direct steering and advanced chassis control systems. These refinements have produced a Malibu with European-style precision and comfort tailored to diverse range of driving conditions.

When it comes to safety features, the new Malibu is one of the best-equipped vehicles in the midsize segment. The new Malibu comes with an array of standard active and passive safety features. A total of six air bags and dual pretensioners come as standard. Rear parking assist and a rearview camera are also available.

In Europe, the Malibu has already received the highest-possible rating (five stars) in European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) testing. In South Korea, the Malibu received the highest safety evaluation in the Research Council for Automobile Repairs (RCAR) test conducted by the world-renowned Korea Insurance Development Institute.

Mr Waleed Al Sayed, General Sales Manager of Jaidah Automotive, hailed the arrival of the 2013 Malibu, saying: “Jaidah Automotive is delighted to bring the 2013 all-new Malibu to Qatar. It’s a superb automobile – available from this month exclusively in Jaidah’s showrooms – and we anticipate a great deal of interest from Qatar’s motoring public in what is a world-leading product.

“With expressive styling, a comfortable cabin, outstanding ride and handling, and top-notch safety, we are certain that the 2013 Chevrolet Malibu will meet – and exceed – our customers’ expectations,” added Mr Al Sayed.

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