New Chevrolet Malibu teaser image

Chevrolet provided a sneak peak glimpse today of its next generation Malibu; Malibu will be officially unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show on April 18 at 8:30 p.m. EDT. The show car will also be shown at the New York International Auto Show, which is open to the public April 23 through May 1.

The next-generation Malibu is a crucial launch for General Motors, representing what the automaker describes as Chevrolet’s first globally sold midsize car. The Opel-derived sedan will be built at multiple plants, including in China and at two U.S. sites. It will a bit shorter than the current model and offer one or more four-cylinder power-trains, depending on the market.

The Malibu should also benefit from the latest versions of OnStar, which allows integration with smartphone apps, and an updated navigation system.

As you can see, this global influence also means sporty appearance. The 2013 Malibu will be less round and more sharp and edgy. The general shape of the headlights and two-bar grille remain, but are bolder and protrude more from the body.

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According to the automaker, Malibu was Chevrolet’s – and GM’s – best-selling car in the United States in 2010, with sales of nearly 200,000 vehicles. It is among Chevrolet’s most-decorated vehicles in the United States, earning more than 40 industry awards since 2008.

Last year, Chevrolet sold 4.26 million vehicles globally, or an average of one vehicle every 7.4 seconds. Eight of the top 10 selling markets for Chevrolet in 2010 were emerging markets – Brazil, China, Uzbekistan, Mexico, Russia, India, Argentina andColombia. Emerging Markets are expected to account for more than 50 percent of Chevrolet global sales by 2012.