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While GM paid attention to product problems in other divisions, the Chevrolet brand languished without an update to a key vehicle for its portfolio. Chevrolet will have a solid new competitor in the mid-size sedan market this year with the all-new Malibu. Distinctively styled, the larger Malibu replaces its awkward predecessor with a more attractively styled vehicle. Mechanically, the new Malibu offers a range of powertrains, including 4-cylinder, 6-cylinder, and hybrid models.

On the performance front, The Corvette features an all-new 6.2L V8 as its standard engine for 2008. The new engine is rated at 430-bhp and 424 lb.-ft. of torque, but an optional dual-mode exhaust upgrade improves the output by 6bhp and 4 lb.-ft. of torque.

An SS model of the HHR wagon joins the lineup this year, powered by a 260bhp turbocharged four-cylinder. The SS package also includes aggressive wheels, tires and bodywork. The Cobalt SS coupe and sedan models switch to the same engine, the SS Supercharged model has been dropped.

The Equinox SUV also receives the performance treatment with a new Equinox Sport model. Power comes from a 263-bhp 3.6L V6. The Sport package includes aggressive bodywork, 18-inch wheels, and 235/50R18 tires.

Chevrolet's hot-selling full-sized SUV lineup gets a fuel economy boost with the addition of a two-mode hybrid model. The Tahoe hybrid pairs two electric motors with the automatic transmission, to allow electric-only operation under some driving conditions. The net result is a vehicle with improved fuel economy that retains the truck characteristics buyers are looking for.

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