Chevrolet Malibu has been in production since 1978 and has gone through six generations. The 2022 model year sedan is currently on the US market, and the 44-year history of the model may end there. According to Cars Direct, citing a representative of General Motors, Chevrolet is no longer accepting orders for the Malibu model. The company explained this decision by the fact that “they have already received a sufficient number of applications for the current version of the sedan.” At the same time, journalists interpreted this as a hint at the upcoming resignation of the Chevrolet Malibu model.
Rumors that the Chevrolet Malibu will be discontinued without a successor have been circulating since 2020 due to the declining popularity of the sedan. So, in 2019, 131,917 copies of the model were sold worldwide, which is 8.7% less than in 2018. In the United States, 120 thousand 302 cars were sold in the same year, in 2020 – 102 thousand 652 units, and in 2021 – a total of 39 thousand 376 such cars.
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Amid the growing popularity of crossovers, Chevrolet has already cut its line of passenger cars: the Cruze, Impala, Volt and Sonic models have been retired. In addition, the Spark was also included in this list: this is the cheapest model in the American line of the brand, it will be removed from the assembly line in August 2022. If the Malibu model joins the list, then there will be no sedans from the Chevrolet brand in the USA.