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#116 of 124 Re: 2009 - 2011 Impala [charts2]
Sep 28, 2007 (11:30 pm)
I agree with this to a point but you also must remember that if GM refreshens a car to quickly it won't last long enough and they won't see profits come from it as they could. Every five to six years is good for one style seven at the max with minor refreshening in between. Look at the chevy lumina 1995-2001 chevy impala 2000-2005 and now 2006-2009 or 10 for the current style impala. I think GM is on the right track by redesigning the malibu for 2008 by making it almost the size of the current impala and then redesigning the impala for 2010 to rear drive
#117 of 124 Re: 2009-20111 Impala [charts2]
Sep 28, 2007 (11:37 pm)
Yeah you do have a point here, but only thing is that the 2008 malibu has grown in size to that of almost the current impala. For GM to have three sedans such as the malibu, impala and caprice would not be smart. GM was in serious financial difficulty and still is to some extend because it had too many models that did the same job as the next for example, Buick in 2005 had the century, regal, la sabre, and park avenue. They've cut that down for 2007 to the La Cross and Lucerne. I think chevy only needs a camry/accord fighter which would be the malibu and a full size rear drive impala or caprice.
#118 of 124 Re: 2009-20111 Impala [bobber1]
Oct 10, 2007 (6:25 pm)
The dealer probably was talking about the new 2008 malibu which is all new from the ground up, this might be why your dealer thought this was the new impala. That car is on sale sometime in the fall but as for the impala it won't get a refreshener for at least two or three years. If you're looking for a full size sedan i'd wait till the 2010 impala comes out. Rear drive is the way GM is going and it's already starting with pontiac's new G8 which is going on sale this winter.
#119 of 124 Re: 2009-20111 Impala [gb540]
Oct 11, 2007 (10:15 pm)
RWD does just fine in winter weather if you have good tires adn a limited slip differential. I grew up in St. Louis, then lived in DC for three years before moving to California. My 1970 AMX and 1979 Trans AM, for example, were no problem in the winter. I always got a good laugh out of the RWD cars without limited slip differentials - one tire spinning and the car going nowhere. I even saw a driver blow up his one spinning tire on 40/61 in St. Louis.
I moved away from DC in 1989, so know that tires and cars have improved greatly since then, meaning that the siuuation should be even better now than when I was driving in the winter weather.
#121 of 124 Next Impala? (etcarroll)
Feb 20, 2008 (8:32 pm)
This information on the RWD Impala is either from an old issue of Motor Trend, or its old news. In response to the new 35 MPG fuel economy legislation, GM's plans to replace certain FWD platforms with RWD ones, including the Impala, is on hold and under review.
GM does have plans to introduce a RWD competitor to the BMW 3-Series for the 2011 model year, however. The platform is called Alpha, and the car will be a smaller-than-CTS Cadillac. It'll be produced at GM's Lordstown, Ohio assembly plan. There may also be a Pontiac version of the Alpha, but that hasn't been confirmed. I consider this exciting news because, if the accolades that the new CTS has gotten are an indication, GM now has the ability to design and produce a worthy competitor to the 3-Series and Infiniti G35. Too bad the Alpha(s) won't be '09 models.
#123 of 124 Another Imp mention (etcarroll)
Feb 22, 2008 (10:41 pm)
"Another future Impala mention here,"
This statement is evidence that Motor Trend is more interested in selling magazines, even if it means featuring a model that has little chance of making it into production, than of writing about what is probable. The editors of MT know that the chances for a RWD Impala for 2010 were greatly diminished by the "35 mpg by 2020 law." They'd be excused if the issue in which this Impala is last mentioned
was published before the new CAFE law was passed. In which issue did that article appear?
If you want a RWD Chevy you'll have two choices, a two seater Corvette or a four seater Camaro.
#124 of 124 Damn CAFE restrictions!
Feb 28, 2008 (5:33 pm)
That's too bad, I really have been hoping for a full size Imp.
Guess I'll turn my attention to the G8.