DETROIT – General Motors Corp.’s ’08 Chevrolet Malibu breaks new ground with a segment-exclusive powertrain combination mating a newly developed 6-speed transmission with the auto maker’s 2.4L DOHC 4-cyl. for improved fuel economy and drivability. But whatever additional demand the new powertrain might inject into an already white-hot product could go unmet if Malibu’s primary manufacturing plant does not soon ratify a local contract and avoid a potential walkout by its United Auto ...

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