When I was at the Malibu launch, The rep I talked to said Chevy is losing out bad when it comes to Police and Taxi service cars. The Crown Vic is losing ground to the Dodge....and Impala with the 6 doesn't cut it - running camera's, laptops, and all the lights. There's a big market, and Chevy's knife isn't big enough to cut it right now. While the public screams for MPG, the government fleet users do not.
I know our police chief won't touch it, even though I mentioned an Impala fleet would save him (mostly taxpayers) $15,000 in gas savings based on the MPG differences in the car.
The Chevy Malibu for all purposes has nearly cloned the Impala in size & features, and exceeded it in quality....The Impala sales are predicted to slump in mid 2008 because of the Malibu.....It will need an update.
I wouldn't give up on it yet - http://www.autoweek.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061113/FREE/61113001/1065/TOC01ARCHIVE