A story in The Wall Street Journal last week reported that GM’s elimination of the Chevrolet Malibu’s hybrid model won’t be a major loss because the gas-powered Malibu and the hybrid version have nearly the same mileage ratings.
The newspaper reported that the hybrid Malibu gets 34 mpg on the highway and 29 mpg overall, while the gasoline-powered sedan gets 34 mpg on the highway and 26 mpg overall. The hybrid, however, costs approximately $4,000 more.
One California-based Chevy dealer seemed unconcerned by the elimination of the Malibu hybrid. The Journal reported that a sales manager at Ron Baker Chevrolet-Isuzu in National City, CA, said, “We could care less,” in reference to GM’s decision.