DETROIT, MI – General Motors Corp. said Jan. 9 that it will offer a hybrid version of the redesigned Malibu sedan in the beginning of next year, according to the Web site The gas-electric hybrid will come out about three to four months after the new 2008 Malibu arrives in showrooms this fall.

The automaker launched the new Malibu, which is expected to start at about $20,000, to compete more forcefully in the competitive midsize segment. The hybrid version will have a belt alternator start system that enhances efficiency in stop-and-go driving by shutting off the engine at idle mode. This allows the fuel to be cut off to the engine during decelerations.

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