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#95 of 124 Re: 2009-20111 Impala [nosirrahg]
Jun 05, 2007 (5:43 am)
Chevy is on a roll right now. Silverado is doing very well, the Impala breaking sales records. I would believe the Cobalt will be the next for a major update.
I was hoping the RWD Impala would come out when the Camaro does, but not to be. I am sure somewhere in the future (and I ain't gettn' any younger) there will be a RWD Impala in my future. I have always driven chevys and I follow their racing programs. For a company that has had some serious finacial mountains to climb they are doing very well in todays tough competitive world.
#96 of 124 Re: 2009-20111 Impala [nosirrahg]
Jun 05, 2007 (11:22 am)
I thought we would see a new Camaro and Impala within a year or two. As for the Cobalt, it looked dated when released. Either do a major change to the Cobalt, and the gas miles improvements needed, or scrap the smaller car line under $20K. There are a couple new cars, like the Malibu/Aura/G6, or which the Malibu mayb end up being the winner, and then there is the Solstice/Sky, which could use some refinement/changes. Seems the SUV and truck lines are the emphisis still and they seem to sell. If gas goes to $4 or $5 a gallon, who knows -- maybe still sell. As long as the US economy holds. I would not bank on that one. In cars, the new Astra seems to be in a good place, with lower price - higher gas mileage. The CTS may be a hit. Anyone seen one in the steel? Photos look OK, but I do hope they do not kill the Arts & Science quirky look. It was one of the things that makes the car what it is - unique.
The STS, as a stretched and rounded CTS is sure blahhh.
The redo for make-up on the old Impala was a sucess, and looks pretty good. Seems to help it look lower, and wider and offers some chrome, which has been absent for years.
Doubt it is going to be enough to last another three years. What happened to the New Impala? Another Camry will be introduced by the time the Impala is released. Heck, the Jetson's cars may be on the road (in air) by then Come on get with it General.
#97 of 124 Re: 2009-20111 Impala [m1miata]
Jun 05, 2007 (2:19 pm)
then there is the Solstice/Sky, which could use some refinement/changes
What? The Solstice/Sky are new for 2006 and GM won't update it until 2009 or 2010. Do you think the new 07 Camry will get reworked for 2008?
#98 of 124 Re: 2009-20111 Impala [batista]
Jun 05, 2007 (6:45 pm)
The Solstice and Sky both lack a roll bar for safety. The Solstice has too short and most uncomfortable an armrest one could imagine on a car with rather high door window sills. This means you may actually need an armrest on the door side. Well the cut-out doesn't go back far enough and it is wrong angled. The top is not so attractive and whole system less than tops in class. My guess is that it got off to the market place before completion. As for it competing for road performance and overall quality, that is debatable. In the looks department, it is job well done, except for the top.
And no, the Camry doesn't need to be reworked, though the odd bump on the nose could be removed, unless it has some purpose for sound / wind noise or gas mileage - who knows. Second thought, lose the bump on nose at any cost. Overall, the Camry is pretty neat looking car, all the way to its Bangle butt. The interior is not up to Toyota's best efforts to date. Could be upgraded, along with taking the sore nose off. Otherwise, it is thoroughly modern - an up to date car, with great gas mileage and HP.
#99 of 124 Re: 2009-20111 Impala [m1miata]
Jun 06, 2007 (4:31 am)
You can't scrap the car lines under $20,000 (but I am sure GM wish they could). GM makes next to nothing on the smaller car lines. They make these cars only because they need them to balance the CAFE numbers otherwise a hefty gas tax would be on the larger cars.
Trucks are GMs financial strength. They make a ton on each loaded pickup/large SUV they sell. Silverado will sell over 700,000 units this model year.
Example smaller car lines. Latest information is that Saturn up until 2006 figures has never made a profit for GM.
#100 of 124 Re: 2009-20111 Impala [charts2]
Jul 20, 2007 (7:00 am)
Hey I was shopping today for a new Impala and the Chevy dealer told me a new version is coming out in the next 6 months. He claims it will be bigger than the current Impala, but will still be FWD and have 3.5 and 3.9 liter engine options. Has anyone else heard anything about this?
While I've got 152,000 on my 02 Impala, I'm going to keep driving for a while to see if a new ones coming. I don't like the current Impala as well as my old one. Less leg room in back and poor rear window vision and mirrors relative to my version.
#101 of 124 Re: 2009-20111 Impala [bobber1]
Jul 20, 2007 (1:17 pm)
He could be referring to the new Malibu, though they're supposed to come with a 2.4 (4-cylinder) and 3.6 (V6).
I guess it's possible they could be doing a "refresh" on the current Impala (since the 3.5 and 3.9 are available now, and it's due to be replaced by the RWD version in a couple of years), but I haven't seen any "spy photos" posted anywhere about that. But even if that's the case the changes would likely be cosmetic at best, and probably limited to the extreme front/rear of the car (and possibly some interior tweaks).
But either way I wouldn't think there's a "new" version of the Impala coming in the next 6 months.
#102 of 124 Re: 2009-20111 Impala [nosirrahg]
Jul 21, 2007 (1:40 pm)
GM is making a BIG mistake if they go RWD only. Either have an affordable AWD option, or surrender your family-sedan market share to the imports.
Why? I'm in the Rust Belt. RWD stinks in snow and ice! No fancy talk about differential locks, weighting down the trunk, and "snow tires" will redeem it. Besides who wants to do such baby sitting? It's not 1947 anymore.
People bitch that you need RWD for performance. On a FAMILY SEDAN?? Whatever. If you wanna burn your tires on a Saturday night get a sports car.
GM should be going all-out on getting the Chevy Volt to market instead.
#103 of 124 Re: 2009-20111 Impala [bobber1]
Jul 22, 2007 (6:28 am)
The 2008 Impala is already posted on Chevy's website and it is the same as the 06-07 except for some changes to the trimlines and options and prices. I can't imagine Chevy would do a 2008 run and then make changes within 6 months. It can take longer than that to retool the plant for such changes, and the current Impala is selling very well for Chevy.
I recall reading at another site somewhere that the New Impala will be released in calendar year 2010 as a 2011 Model Year vehicle. That means 3 more years with the current style. Not sure if what I read is actally true, however.
#104 of 124 Re: 2009-20111 Impala [gb540]
Jul 23, 2007 (5:30 am)
I have a feeling you won't be back to reply ... but here goes anyway.
We don't yet know if AWD won't be available. I would think it is a strong possibility. BUT, let's say its not. Chevy has plenty of FWD cars in the stable to choose from. They NEED a RWD sedan! They are losing in the family sedan wars BECAUSE they are always trying to beat Honda/Toyota at their game. You need to offer something they don't. That's RWD. The Chrylser 300 has been successful beyond anyone's dreams. Chevy's only problem with offering a large RWD sedan is that they waited so damned long!
By the way, you aren't alone up here in the snow belt, and I have NO worries about driving a car like this in the snow. There is no doubt my FWD cars have been great in the snow, but I also spent the first several years of my driving life with nothing but RWD trucks. Care needs to be taken in foul weather no matter what you are driving. People always manage to wreck in bad weather, and I've noticed that these people have ALL TYPES of drivetrains. AWD, RWD, FWD doesn't matter if you are a careless driver.