Mike Stevens | Jun 8, 2011

Holden's next-generation medium sedan has entered its Australian testing phase. New images released today show the Chevrolet-badged 2013 Malibu touring Victoria's highways.

The Malibu is being tested and calibrated in Australia not only for local roads, but also for sale in nearly 100 markets around the world.

When it goes on sale in Australia in late 2012, the Malibu is expected to feature almost identical styling to its Chevrolet brother - although a Cruze-inspired face will replace the Chevy dual-port grille.

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Drawing inspiration from across the GM range, including the smaller Cruze and the Camaro sports car, the new Malibu will replace the style-less and slow-selling Epica when it arrives in Australia next year.

The all-new Malibu is built on GM's Epsilon II platform, which underpins the likes of the Opel Insignia (coming to Australia in 2012), the US-market Buick LaCrosse and the recently-launched Saab 9-5.

Holden's involvement in the Malibu's development forms part of General Motors' global workshare program, which sees the Australian company working closely with international teams on models sold in Australia and beyond.


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