What’s in a name?

The Aussie Mal­ibu has noth­ing to do with its US name­sake — thank­fully

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frontal look and rear-seat space,’’ says Brook.

They had down­sized the car. And this was the core, bread-and-but­ter Chevy.’’

He says Holden is ex­pect­ing no cabin space com­plaints be­cause peo­ple who want more have an ob­vi­ous choice. You know what it is. For us, we have the Com­modore,’’ he says.

But what about the neg­a­tive feed­back from Amer­ica? It hasn’t been an is­sue out­side the States. We don’t see it as a prob­lem. There is a dif­fer­ent line-up and a dif­fer­ent re­quire­ment here. We’ve had a lot of in­put, from day one.’’

But Holden has strug­gled with mid-sized cars, from the re­badged Toy­ota Camry called the Apollo to the over-priced Euro­pean Vectra to the mis­er­able Epica that was parked in 2011.

The US ver­sion paints the Mal­ibu as a loser even be­fore it gets on the road in Aus­tralia.

We ar­gue that it’s not a fail­ure. It’s done well in the States,’’ Brook says.

But is there an op­por­tu­nity to do bet­ter? Yes. It’s a big, big change. There is no com­par­i­son be­tween this car and what we’ve done in the past.’’ Cover story, page28

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