You could be driving a brand new 2017 Chevrolet Malibu — for free.
The Times Media Co. and Northwest Indiana Chevrolet Dealers are partnering to bring back the annual car giveaway for the eighth year. The Win a 2017 Malibu contest starts Sunday and goes through May 6. Entrants could win the popular mid-sized family sedan or one of eight sets of Chicago Blackhawks tickets.
“We are extremely excited to partner with the Northwest Indiana Chevrolet Dealers to give one lucky Times or nwi.com reader an all-new 2017 Chevrolet Malibu," Times Media Co. Vice President of Sales and Marketing Joe Battistoni said. "As we continue to see huge growth in mobile, social and video audience we are looking forward to more entries than ever before. "
About 15,000 people usually enter to win the free car, Smith Auto Group President Samantha Roper said.
"There are no strings to enter," she said. "You can enter electronically or clip out the form in the paper, fill it out and take it to whichever Chevy dealership you want."
Participating dealerships include Smith Motors of Lowell, Smith Chevrolet in Hammond, Mike Anderson Chevy in Merrillville, Harbor Chevrolet in Michigan City, Bosak Chevrolet in Burns Harbor, Team Chevrolet in Valparaiso, Christenson Chevrolet in Highland, and Wiers Chevy Sales in Demotte.
Chevy has been the top-selling brand in Northwest Indiana and greater Chicagoland for six straight years, and it's revving for a seventh, Roper said.
"I think it's really popular because it's a perfect blend of functionary and good-looking vehicles that are eye-catching and have pizzazz while being quite affordable," she said.
The Malibu is one of Chevy's most popular sedans. The midsized family car gets up to 27 miles per gallon in the city and 36 mpg on the highway, and has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine that has up to 250 horsepower.
"Obviously last year, the Malibu has a redesign," Roper said. "It's bright, fresh and eye-catching. It's got LED lamps, wifi, Bluetooth. It's the perfect vehicle for everybody at every stage of life, whether you have a family, are retired, or are just starting out in your job."
More contest entry information is available in an ad in today's Times or online at nwi.com/malibu.