GM retires Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid
The company is apparently following through with its promise to go all-in on EVs.
General Motors has decided to discontinue the Chevrolet Malibu Hybrid at the end of the 2019 model year.
A spokesperson confirmed the move to Green Car Reports, marking the end of the company's Voltec hybrid powertrain after the Volt itself was dropped from the lineup for 2019.
The Malibu Hybrid was powered by a 1.8-liter inline-four engine and an electric motor, delivering a combined 182 horsepower. The sedan received a city/highway/combined rating of 49/43/46 mpg from the EPA, though its battery was too small to drive any distance on electricity alone.
GM and other automakers have faced years of poor sales in the sedan segment. Hybrid variants of traditional models have remained niche items, particularly in the era of more efficient crossovers and years of relatively low gasoline prices.
A recent report suggests GM and Volkswagen have no interest in launching more hybrid vehicles. Both automakers believe pure battery-powered EVs are the future and deserve top priority for development funds.