Frankfurt Motor Show 2011: Chevrolet Malibu unveiled

Chevrolet has unveiled the new Malibu at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany as it attempts to gain a foothold on the continent.

The General Motors-owned automaker debuted the new Malibu midsize as its new European flagship model, promising to bring a 'premium' feel to the segment.

The European version will be available with both diesel and gasoline engines, Chevrolet confirmed, connected to manual or automatic transmissions and boasting a capacity of 2.0 or 2.4-liters respectively.

Inside, the Malibu is described as spacious and comfortable, with plenty of storage space and a seven-inch touchsreen radio display Chevrolet claims is a first for a midsize model.

Although Chevrolet is one of the most popular automotive brands in the US, it has failed to gain considerable ground in Europe, something the brand is trying to change with the launch of a larger, greener lineup.

The new Aveo, also displayed at the Frankfurt show, now features a 1.3-liter turbo-diesel engine which delivers a fuel-economy of 3.7l/100km - making it one of the most fuel-efficient sedans in Europe.

Of course, Chevrolet's big claim to eco-efficiency is the extended-range Volt electric vehicle, also on display at Frankfurt, but not attracting quite the same amount of attention as the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera, the vehicle's cousin that has been specifically engineered for the region.

The Frankfurt Motor Show runs through September 25 in Frankfurt, Germany.

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