The Chevrolet Malibu began as a trim level for the mid-size Chevelle model. Eventually the Chevelle name was dropped and Chevrolet?s mid-size cars became known for Chevrolet Mailbu parts. By the 1978 the Malibu had become the main name for the car. These early models shared the same front end and chassis as the EL Camino. The name was brought back in the 1990s to replace the tired Corsica and Beretta models. The first two generations were noted mainly for their blandness though a Malibu Maxx and SS models provided some interest. It was not until the 2008 model that they offered a strong competitor to the imports and the current generation continues that tradition with hybrid and turbo power.