FWIW, the Malibu is continually losing market share and despite the recent minor makeover, GM has been frantically working on a complete radical redesign that they hope will catch and surpass the contemporary designs at Ford, Kia, Mazda, and Chrysler.Many of you remember when Chris Bangle redesigned the rear end on the 7 series BMW. The faithful wanted to burn him at the stake. Owners screamed and cried for a year or two. Now he's considered a design hero. Even GM has that trunk bussle" on the Malibu.
Besides, if Bangle had placed elk horns on the hood of all BMWs, there would now be all variations of animal antlers, horns, and racks (no, not the twin peaks kind of racks) adorning wannabe bimmers throughout the industry.