General Motors (NYSE: GM ) had high hopes for its all-new Chevrolet Malibu when it was launched just a year-and-a-half ago, but it seemed to miss the mark. Most of GM's recent models have been quite competitive, but the Malibu seemed to fall behind from the start -- outclassed by a fresh new Toyota (NYSE: TM ) Camry, and blown away by the stunning Fusion sedan introduced by Ford (NYSE: F ) last fall.
In the old days, GM would have just cut the Malibu's price and soldiered on. But GM doesn't play that way anymore: Senior management ordered a high-speed overhaul of the midsize Chevy, and the 2014 Malibu features a whole host of changes that could make it much more competitive in this big-selling -- and very tough -- market segment.
In this video, Fool contributor John Rosevear looks at the changes to the Malibu, which will be arriving at dealers soon -- and offers his view on what the Malibu's unprecedented high-speed overhaul says about GM's current leadership and direction.
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