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    Default The Malibu & Responder Confusion

    There has been a significant change made in two model years of the same vehicle. The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu and the 2014 model year Malibu, as far as responders are concerned, are definitely NOT the same automobile. Let me attempt to explain…

    A 2013 Malibu could be a gasoline-powered, internal combustion engine vehicle OR it could actually be what GM calls a 'mild hybrid'. The same held true for 'sister' cars; the LaCrosse and the Regal. For responders, the rear badging was the easiest way to tell what you had when you arrived. If you read MALIBU and then saw the postage stamp-size green ECO label, you were dealing with a hybrid. There is a lithium-ion high-voltage battery in the trunk, above the rear axle.

    The 2014 Malibu can be encountered with the MALIBU badging on the right side of the trunk lid and the green ECO badging on the opposite side. If this is what you see then you ARE NOT dealing with a hybrid. What you actually have is an internal combustion engine car with TWO 12-volt batteries. We've had dual batteries on vehicles before but this is a bit more challenging.GM calls one the starter battery and the other the accessory battery.

    The vehicle features the new Start-Stop design which shuts off the engine when not needed. It will be as quiet as a hybrid when stopped on the highway.

    The 2013 and 2014 Malibu vehicles look similar but a very different. Go to a Chevrolet dealership and study the 2013 vs. 2014 Malibu to make sure you are ready to effectively deal with either one at a crash or fire scene.

    Screen shot from Emergency Field Guide for 2013 Malibu mild hybrid.
    (Pale color car)

    Screen shot from Emergency Field Guide for 2014 Malibu with Start-Stop feature
    (Bright red color car)
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    So here is the rear badging on both Malibu vehicles.

    2013:
    Example- Dark gray vehicle picture: "Mild hybrid" will have MALIBU text and the green ECO badge right next to each other. Internal combustion engine will have just the MALIBU text on the right side.

    2014:
    The white 2014 "Start-Stop" Malibu LT shown in the second picture and the bottom picture, has MALIBU text on the right (passenger side) of the rear trunk lid. The green ECO badge is all by itself on the driver's side of the rear trunk lid. This car has two 12-volt batteries but is not a hybrid.

    2014 Chevy Cruze;
    Just in case you are not totally confused, chew on this. The white GM Chevy Cruze vehicle shown in the third picture has a green badge that looks a lot like the ECO badge that is used on mild hybrid vehicles. The Cruze is NOT a hybrid and it does NOT have two batteries. This 2014 Cruze rear badging uses a similar-looking green badge as seen below but it does not say 'ECO'.
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