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#121 of 124 Next Impala? (etcarroll)
Feb 20, 2008 (7:32 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 (9:41 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 (4:33 pm)
That's too bad, I really have been hoping for a full size Imp.
Guess I'll turn my attention to the G8.