Chevrolet Malibu Turns 50

October 11th, 2013 by

2014 Chevy Malibu

1964 was quite a remarkable year. Not only did the Beatles make their historic appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show, but that was also the year the Chevrolet Malibu was introduced. At the time, the Malibu was actually just a high-end trim on the mid-size Chevelle sedan; but, it was so popular, that it eventually became its own line in 1978.

Now, the Chevrolet Malibu turns 50, and Chevrolet is celebrating the Malibu’s 50th anniversary with the introduction of the 2014 Malibu. So, what has changed over this half a century?

The engines have gotten smaller, yet more powerful and definitely more efficient. Standard on the 1964 Malibu was a 3.2-liter six-cylinder that made 120 horsepower. Now, for 2014, the Malibu comes with a 2.5-liter four-cylinder rated at 196 horsepower.

The modern Malibu is also much safer than its predecessors, as even seat belts were optional in 1964. Now, 10 airbags are included as standard along with a host of other safety features.

The 2014 Malibu is the eight generation for the model and continues five decades worth of tradition. How will you be celebrating the Malibu’s 50th birthday?