General Motors’ Chevrolet Malibu features an Ecologic window label, which rates the vehicle’s level of environmental friendliness. The automaker said this label isn't limited to its Malibu but is on all 2013 model-year Chevrolet vehicles sold in the U.S.
The Ecologic label details the recycled materials used in the vehicle’s production as well as energy efficiency and efforts to reduce the environmental impact at the plants where the vehicle and its parts are built. A third-party company called Two Tomorrows North America Inc. conducts an independent assessment of each vehicle and its production to verify what’s on the label.
For the Malibu, GM uses recycled materials, such as shredded tires from vehicle testing at GM’s Milford Providing Ground that are combined with other recycled plastics in the baffles under the hood. For the Malibu itself, 85 percent of it is recyclable, according to GM. The Malibu with the 2.5L engine can achieve an EPA-estimated 34 highway mpg, and 37 mpg in the Eco model that features eAssist.
At the plants where the vehicle is built, the automaker’s Toledo, Ohio, plant manufactures the highest-volume transmission for the Malibu, GM stated. All waste from daily operations at that facility is reused, recycled, or converted to energy, according to GM. The Tonawanda plant in New York, which produces the Malibu’s engine, is a landfill-free facility as well.
Malibu mid-size sedans are assembled at the Fairfax Assembly, which won a 2012 Pollution Prevention Award and was recognized by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment for its energy-reduction and recycling efforts, according to GM.