General Motors made a wrong move by phasing out this classic vehicle for an awful reason

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General Motors is revamping its lineup for the next model year. 

The legendary Detroit automaker confirmed politics was an influence in its decision-making.

And General Motors made a wrong move by phasing out this classic vehicle for an awful reason.

Chevrolet killing the Malibu to build electric vehicles

The Chevrolet Malibu began its life in 1964 as a muscle car before it transitioned into being a family sedan when it was phased out in the early 1980s. 

Malibu returned to Chevy’s lineup in 1997 as a mid-size sedan designed to compete with the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord.

Its sales have declined in recent years as more drivers have switched to crossovers.

Most of its sales in recent years have been to rental car companies. 

Now, the Malibu is being killed off so the Kansas manufacturing plant that produced it can switch production to the Chevrolet Bolt, an electric vehicle. 

“To facilitate the installation of tooling and other plant modifications . . . GM will end production of the Chevrolet Malibu in November 2024 and pause production of the Cadillac XT4 after January 2025,” a GM spokesperson told FOX Business.

The Cadillac XT4 compact crossover is built at the same manufacturing plant in the Kansas City area.

“When production resumes in late 2025, Fairfax will produce both the Bolt EV and XT4 on the same assembly line, which gives GM flexibility to respond to changes in consumer demand,” the GM spokesman added.

General Motors will invest nearly $400 million into the facility to prepare for production of the Bolt.

The Bolt is a subcompact electric vehicle that was discontinued after its first-generation model was plagued with problems that resulted in at least three recalls.

More than a dozen instances of Bolt’s randomly catching on fire resulted in every vehicle being recalled.

General Motors warned owners in 2021 to park the Bolt at least 50 feet away from other vehicles.

General Motors rethinking its electric vehicle plans after dismal sales

The death of the Malibu means that the last car that Chevrolet will sell in the United States is the Corvette.

General Motors lost money on every Bolt that it produced before, but the Detroit automaker is betting on a new model gaining traction with drivers.

The Bolt was a hit with the media after it was named 2017 Motor Trend Car of the Year and 2017 North American Car of the Year.

But it never caught on with drivers after its numerous problems, and there’s no evidence that a second generation would either.

Bidenmobile demand is collapsing, which is causing General Motors and other automakers to rethink their plans.

Cadillac backed off a plan to switch to a fully electric lineup by the end of the decade.

General Motors Vice President of Global Cadillac, John Roth, said that sales of gasoline-powered models will continue in the 2030s.

“We will be offering an all-EV portfolio and let the customer be our guide. What that materializes to . . . we will work through internally discussing our competitive advantage in the marketplace, and not put all our cards on the table all at once,” Roth told WardsAuto.

General Motors’ electric vehicle lineup is struggling, but the automaker is plowing ahead with the Chevrolet Bolt.