MEMPHIS, TN – Bob Lutz, General Motors Corp. vice chairman-global product development, blanches at the suggestion the late arrival of a 6-speed automatic transmission for the 4-cyl. ’08 Chevrolet Malibu will put the midsize sedan at a disadvantage against its Japanese rivals. “It’s not going to hurt,” Lutz tells Ward’s during a preview here of the extensively redesigned Malibu, which began arriving at dealers this week. “We’re competitive on fuel economy, and the 4-cyl. (engine) doesn’t ...

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