Chevrolet today celebrated the production of the first Chevrolet Malibu at its Bupyeong #2 plant in Incheon – Korea. The South Korean plant is the first of GM’s facilities to make the latest Malibu model.
The Malibu will hit the market next month in Korea, the product’s initial market.
The announcement comes shortly after General motors announced that will not make a coupe of the Malibu.
“Korea is the first country to produce and sell the all-new Malibu,” said GM Korea President and CEO Mike Arcamone.
“With expressive styling, a comfortable cabin, outstanding ride and handling, and top-notch safety, it will exceed the expectations of consumers.”
The Bupyeong #2 plant is General Motors Korea’s center for the production of midsize passenger cars. The launch of the Malibu puts the plant at full capacity, along with General Motor’s Gunsan, Changwon and Bupyeong #1 facilities.
The new Malibu comes with a choice of 2.0- and 2.4-liter Ecotec gasoline engines mated with a six-speed automatic transmission, and offers precise ride and handling on par with higher-end sports sedans.
GM Korea is Korea’s third-largest automotive company, and represents one of GM’s largest manufacturing, design and technology hubs. It operates five manufacturing facilities in Korea as well as an assembly facility in Vietnam.