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Buick Lucerne, Chevrolet Impala, Dodge Charger, Ford Taurus, Hyundai Azera, Toyota Avalon, Nissan Maxima, Pontiac G8, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#5260 of 6854 Re: 2009 maxima [cobrazera]
Feb 20, 2008 (6:19 am)
I read somewhere that the replacement Impala, 2010 or 2011, will be RWD
also read the same thing - when the car becomes available FWIU is largely dependent on plant capacity down under. The G8 is being built there already but they are projecting enough demand that there apparently will be a limited no. of G8s shipped over here. The Impala would obviously figure to sell more cars and I guess the question really boils down to how GM will be able to produce them given that they don't have a whole bunch of money to be out building new or converting older plants.
I agree on the redundancy of the current Impala, although it is plenty big in exterior dimension it is not very space efficient interior wise. If it is a Chevy you want, then the Malibu with the more competitive 3.6HF V6 seems like a better choice. The Taurus and Avalon have interiors that blow it away space wise, as I believe a few of the newer 'midsize' entrants do as well.
#5261 of 6854 Re: 2009 maxima [allmet33]
Feb 20, 2008 (6:23 am)
CTS is too small for anything called an Impala, STS maybe, but I would find it difficult to believe that GM would allow Chevy to share much with Cadillac. Think the new Impala will essentially be a Pontiac G8 from Australia
#5262 of 6854 Re: 2009 maxima [captain2]
Feb 20, 2008 (7:09 am)
HUH??? Have you seen the new CTS???
#5263 of 6854 Re: 2009 maxima [captain2]
Feb 20, 2008 (7:24 am)
I believe originally the plan was to make the impala on the same platform as the g8 and produce it in the same factory that is being set up in North America (not sure if the US or Canada) to produce the Camaro, this was also supposed to take over the production of the G8 from (I.e. the G8 would no longer be produced in Austrailia) what I understand. Don't know if these plans have changed or not though.
#5264 of 6854 Re: 2009 maxima [allmet33]
Feb 20, 2008 (8:55 am)
Funny thing happened...my car pulled straight ahead and my steering wheel didn't turn one way or the other
Apparently you have no idea how to "stomp on the gas" thus you never experienced some serious torque steer. Now I understand why you think TS in a FWD is not a big deal.
#5265 of 6854 Due to CAFE, Lutz declares RWD Impala and Monaro dead
Feb 20, 2008 (8:57 am)
It's finally (semi) official: RWD cars like a new Pontiac GTO (and Holden Monaro) and Impala are "gone for now." Bob Lutz has been making noises about it for a while, and every announcement gets more and more certain that the front wheels will be pulling more GM cars.
Just a month ago, Lutz told Forbes "That's where the internal debate [on the Impala] is now -- no firm decision at this point, but my guess is that we will come down on the side of the front-drive car." By the time of last week's Detroit Auto Show, Lutz was telling GoAuto "I think the (Monaro/Pontiac GTO) is gone for now.... [T]hat's not the end of the market where we want to stimulate demand. We have to find ways to stimulate demand and desirability in cars that will get us closer to the 35 MPG average."
How will that be done? Perhaps by using the Alpha midsize platform and making CUV's. However, the Alpha still hasn't been signed off on, and won't be until GM figures out what -- and how many -- standards it will need to adhere to when the CAFE tug-of-war ends.
#5266 of 6854 Re: 2009 maxima [allmet33]
Feb 20, 2008 (8:59 am)
HUH??? Have you seen the new CTS???
The CTS is midsize at best but the Impala is a full-size sedan.
#5267 of 6854 Re: 2009 maxima [louiswei]
Feb 20, 2008 (9:05 am)
Yeah...that's really hard to accomplish.
I never said torque steer in a FWD is not a big deal, find any post where I said that. I said that torque steer in my Azera was no big deal. Get it right.
#5268 of 6854 Re: 2009 maxima [louiswei]
Feb 20, 2008 (9:06 am)
It's a midsize based on it's interior space, but that has nothing to do with the platform it's riding on.
#5269 of 6854 Re: 2009 maxima [allmet33]
Feb 20, 2008 (9:13 am)
So what's your point?
Avalon and Camry also share platform but is the Camry "based" on Avalon?
The RWD Impala (if it happens, which is highly doubtful at the moment) will highly likely to share platform with the CTS (there aren't that many RWD platforms in GM anyway) but it's a stretch to say that the Impala is "based" on the CTS.