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Bay Chevrolet Inc
(251) 476-8080
2900 Government Blvd
Mobile, AL
 
Terry Thompson Chevrolet
(251) 626-0631
1402 Eastern Shore Pkwy
Daphne, AL
 
Steber Bill Chevrolet-Oldsmobile Inc
(251) 626-7278
1402 US Highway 98
Daphne, AL
 
Adventure Chevrolet Inc
(205) 375-2521
Highway 82 W
Reform, AL
 
Jones-Baird Chevrolet Olds
(334) 684-3663
701 E Magnolia Ave
Geneva, AL
 
U-J Chevrolet Co Inc
(251) 452-1661
7581 Airport Blvd
Mobile, AL
 
Thompson Terry Chevrolet-Oldsmobile Inc
(251) 626-0631
PO Box 1207
Daphne, AL
 
Champion Chevrolet-Olds Inc
(256) 232-5692
921 S Clinton St
Athens, AL
 
Abercrombie Chevrolet Inc
(256) 773-2591
1798 Highway 31 Nw
Hartselle, AL
 
Jones David Chevrolet Inc
(334) 636-5485
34460 Highway 43
Thomasville, AL
 

2009 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid Review

It seems like such a long time since that early introduction of the 2007 Saturn Vue Green Line, but that vehicle proved to be an accurate harbinger of things to come…or at least part of what was has come. I was among the first journalists to drive General Motors’ inaugural production hybrid way back in February of 2006.

Today, hybrids are available from every major manufacturer, they work well, and they’re getting less expensive. In other words, hybrids are entering the mainstream of the automotive world.

Before we take you behind the wheel of the 2009 Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid—the newest member of the award-winning Malibu family that was an all-new car in 2008—let us define the term “hybrid.” The word has become an umbrella adjective used to describe vehicles powered by very different powertrains that use the following components:

Currently, there are three general configurations of hybrid powertrains (as defined above) offered in production vehicles you can buy in the U.S.; mild hybrids, single-mode hybrids, and two-mode hybrids. The current Saturn Vue Green Line and Aura sedan hybrid are both mild hybrids, the least complex and costly of the hybrid breed. Compared to other hybrid designs, mild hybrids deliver the smallest gain in fuel economy, but these gains range between 10 to 20-percent.

The hybrids produced by Toyota, Nissan, Honda, and Ford are all currently single-mode hybrids which tend to show their greatest fuel savings in lower-speed driving. Improvements in city mileage can be as high as 40 percent, with smaller gains in highway mileage.

The new SUVs and trucks produced by Chevrolet, GMC, Chrysler, and Dodge are more sophisticated two-mode hybrids that offer significant fuel economy gains at low and high speeds, thus widening the powertrain’s appeal. Plus, this current crop of two-mode hybrids have the built-in strength to complete impressive feats of towing, with some SUVs rated to trailer three tons.

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