DETROIT — GM on Wednesday issued another 2016 Chevrolet Malibu teaser, this time emphasizing the rigorous rounds of durability testing for the next-generation sedan. An accompanying photo also provided a better look at the proportions of the 2016 Malibu, which promises to be lighter and longer than the current model.
"Data collected over decades from across the globe is helping ensure the 2016 Chevrolet Malibu can handle the world's worst roads even if the all-new midsize sedan never drives on them," GM said in a statement.
The Malibu was tested "in extreme climates, inclement weather and on punishing road surfaces," the automaker added.
Preproduction Malibus have been put through their paces at GM's Milford Proving Ground in Michigan, where three unique road courses feature simulated potholes and other hazards.
The Chevrolet Malibu won the midsize sedan segment in 2015 J.D. Power and Associates Vehicle Dependability Study, with the Nissan Altima and Toyota Camry coming in just behind it in the rankings.
Edmunds says: Extensive durability testing for the 2016 Malibu should be reassuring to prospective buyers.