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All the BMW not-coupes with the word "coupe" in their name are turning into Chevy Malibus

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This is the current generation Chevy Malibu. It’s an unremarkable midsize sedan you’ve probably encountered at some point as a rental car. It has a mildly distinctive shape to its C-pillar quarter window that BMW has become quite fond of.

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Generally speaking, the only BMWs with C-pillar quarter windows had been SUVs, but starting with the F36 4-series Gran Coupe, several other BMW models have gained C-pillar quarter windows. But the F36 rear quarter window is a fairly typical example of the Hofmeister kink and thus, not a Chevy Malibu.

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But, not long after the debut of the F36, along came the (short lived in the USA at least) G32 6-series Gran Turismo, which based on nothing other than the general shape of its C-pillar quarter windows, is a Chevy Malibu.

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And now, the X4 & X6 (which BMW claims are “Sports Activity Coupes”), and 2-series Gran Coupe have all become Chevy Malibus.

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The 8-series Gran Coupe lacks a C-pillar quarter window, but its back door windows are shaped somewhat more like a Chevy Malibu than a Hofmeister kink.

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Lest ye think that this replacement of Hofmeister kinks with Chevy Malibus will be confined to C-pillar quarter window-equipped not-coupes with “coupe” in their names, well, check out the concept version of the upcoming new 4-series that actually is a coupe.

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That right there is pure, unadulterated Chevy Malibu. Hey GM, why don’t you protect your intellectual property better? 

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