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#85 of 124 Re: 2009 - 2011 Impala [charts2]
Jun 02, 2007 (2:03 pm)
Would that probably mean a public reveal at the Detroit auto show Jaunary 2010?
#86 of 124 Re: 2009 - 2011 Impala [nosirrahg]
Jun 03, 2007 (8:05 am)
I was hoping this car would come out sooner. Detroit Auto Show January 2010 is still 2 1/2 years away. A lot of new products will be on the road before then.
#87 of 124 Re: 2009 - 2011 Impala [charts2]
Jun 03, 2007 (9:41 am)
Agreed! Five years for a redesigned model on a very old (albeit updated) chassis is not where GM needs to be in a time where they should be showing they are a world leader in the industry. I guess, on the bright side, it should help the resale values for the Impalas that are out there.
I'll be looking at the Pontiac G8 when it hits the show rooms and the new Camaro. If I decide a new car is in my future, I may just go for one of those. My GM card will be maxed out at $2000 by then and I doubt they'll allow any more than that toward one of them anyway.
#88 of 124 Re: 2009 - 2011 Impala [quietpro]
Jun 03, 2007 (12:04 pm)
By the time the RWD Impala comes out, my oldest daughter will be a senior in high school - if I wait until then, I actually won't have as much need for a 4-door car, since she'll be leaving home (hopefully ) within a year.
I just put new brake rotors & pads on my 2000 Impala; my plan is to keep driving it for at least another year or two...but I don't think I can stretch it much beyond that. I might make it as far as 2010, but to wait another year after that for the Impala seems doubtful. I really hoped it'd be revealed in 2009 and available in 2010; so if I liked it I could wait, and if not I could go ahead and get a Malibu or something similar. I guess I can look at the G8 and Camaro and get an idea for costs and fuel economy, and make my decision based on that.
#89 of 124 Re: 2009 - 2011 Impala [nosirrahg]
Jun 04, 2007 (5:05 am)
Right now Chevy is riding a tide of high sales on its Impala. GMs top selling car. 35,600 sold in May. When a car is selling well like this car, updating improvements have to keep coming to keep the sales high. Another couple years of the same old will soon show up in lost sales.
Chevy has put too much emphasis on the new Malibu coming this fall thats very close in dimensions to the top selling Impala. If Chevy can continue to make big improvements every year or two with the Corvette it should trickle down to the other car lines. There are too many alternatives today to keep making the same car for 5 or 6 years without improvements more often.
Many people trade every 3-5 years. For those that bought a 2006 Impala and likes the car, I am sure at trade in time they don't want to buy another Impala thats exactly like they traded. I would want /improvements/freshening otherwise the competitions offerings might be more appealing. Thats just common business sense.
#90 of 124 Re: 2009 - 2011 Impala [charts2]
Jun 04, 2007 (8:22 am)
I agree; stretching the earlier Impala from 2000-2005 seemed long to me, so with the new one running 2006-2010 or 2011 is comparable I guess. But one thing they did correctly on the 2000-2005 version was they introduced the car with just the base and LS trim levels, and then rolled out the SS a few years later, so there was always something coming down the pike that kept the car freshened.
I felt like when the '06 came out in LS/LT/SS right out of the gate that probably meant it would be a short-lived run, with something new on the horizon (which probably would have been the Malibu and the RWD Impala). I don't know what Chevy can do with this car say in 2009 to prop it up for another year or two, especially with the new Malibu on the ground at that point. I'm really not a fan of slapping the "classic" label on a tired model and keeping it around after it has worn out its welcome.
Since I probably won't be able to wait for the RWD Impala to hit the streets before I do something, I'll probably end up choosing between a new Malibu or an Impala "Classic", which unless the Impala is heavily discounted, won't be much of a struggle to decide.
#91 of 124 2009-20111 Impala
Jun 04, 2007 (12:20 pm)
The Impala name has probably more heritage then any other american car. With current sales zooming and now to say they are winding down with this current platform doesn't make sense. The new Malibu will never have the status the Impala name has. It took 8 model years to build up the confidence of the American public to be the #4 top selling vehicle in America (Mays sales figures)
The new RWD, larger, more expensive Impala coming in three years will have to start over again to prove its capabilities to the buying public.
The Impala FWD should soldier on and with upgrades and the new RWD car called the Caprice etc. Just my opinions.
#92 of 124 Re: 2009-20111 Impala [charts2]
Jun 04, 2007 (1:24 pm)
Or the FWD Impala could be redesigned and christened the Bel-Air; it may be too retro sounding to actually sell, but I'd put that at a notch above the Malibu, but beneath the Impala.
#93 of 124 Re: 2009-20111 Impala [nosirrahg]
Jun 04, 2007 (2:46 pm)
Endless possibilities........lets just hope chevy gets it right!
#94 of 124 Re: 2009-20111 Impala [charts2]
Jun 04, 2007 (5:15 pm)
I have no doubt Chevy can get the product right, it's the timing I'm worried about. Hard to predict the future, but I sure hope gas prices don't continue to rise at their current rate between now and the arrival of the RWD Impala.