• Jan 8th 2007 at 2:44PM
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We interviewed Chevrolet General Manager Ed Peper at the Detroit Auto Show earlier today. While we won't have the full interview up for you until sometime tomorrow, there was one tidbit of information that we wanted to share with you straightaway, and it relates to the next-generation Impala.

Many of us presumed that we'd get to see the car sometime during this auto show season. That's not the case. GM's immense new product onslaught was such that we simply assumed that we'd be seeing an Impala this year, an assumption that Ed corrected us on. He couldn't give us any specifics about timing, but if the Impala turns out to be one of the stars of '08 Detroit show, let's just say we wouldn't be the least bit surprised.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Haha, nope.

      Impala is going to have to get larger if it's moving out of the ring with CamCord. I saw one next to a Camry yesterday and was shocked that they are both almost the exact same size. The way the hype is, I had thought the Camry was smaller.
      Oh, and the Impala makes the Camry look like a freight barge when they're side-by-side. LOL.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I suppose they don't want to show a production vehicle more than a year before its release.

      Anyone know if it will be fwd or rwd?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Not surprising, since the new Impala won't come out until model year 2009 (or maybe even 2010).

      Malibu is much more critical for Chevy. It needs to be a mainstream, midsize, CamCord-killer for GM to have any hope of surviving. Since Impala is the "flagship sedan," debuting it this year would steal the 'Bu's thunder when the 'Bu needs all the thunder it can muster.

      Impala is moving out of the CamCord-killing role, where it's crowding Malibu, and into the large, mainstream, RWD cruiser role to take on the silly-retro 300/Charger and the octogenarian-marketed Ford Panther cars. Very, very smart move for GM. It will kill both of those, and regain the cop market - many police are still lamenting the demise of the Caprice.
      • 8 Years Ago
      They need to keep the price down on that new Impala and just eliminate the stupid rebates in order to make more money per car. And offer an AWD model at modest markup for all those in the top half of this country WHO KNOW TRACTION CONTROL IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR FWD TRACTION IN ICE AND SNOW!
      • 8 Years Ago
      huh Derek?
      The Camry is 11 inches smaller (about same size as current Malibu) inch narrower and almost an inch shorter and it has 4 cubic feet less trunk space according to edmunds.com

      I forgot to mention the Impala has remote start while the Accord Camry doesn't on my previous post.
      • 8 Years Ago
      (Cringes) Usage problem corrected. Thanks for pointing out my error. -AN
      • 8 Years Ago
      the "enormity of GM's new product onslaught was such that we simply assumed that we'd be seeing an Impala this year"...
      Did you mean enormousness? Or was this an editorial comment on the entire GM product line?
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think they realized that you can only shovel so much manure in one year and releasing the impala would be overkill. One good think is that that Impala realized a 17% increase in sales. Question is, how much money did they lose in increase those sales?
        • 7 Years Ago
        The base Impala now runs rings around the anemic 4 cylinder Camry. Impala has better linear brakes as well.
      • 8 Years Ago
      At least the one they have now is selling, and is decent, if too much like a big Camry for my American-centric taste.
      By next winter, the new, larger Malibu will have put a heavy dent into Impala sales, and everyone will be ready for the RWD Impala to move up a notch.
      (GM-- are you listening? You know every single new model has to be at least a B+ in quality and style to get customers ready to forgive you the crapbuckets of the last 25 years.)
      -- and Ford, are YOU listening? The production car taken from the Interceptor ought to be right on top of that Impala! Alas, if it were close, we would have read reports here leaked by suppliers, or seen spy pics of roadgoing versions.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Look at ricer boy cry, Toyota couldn't buy the car of the year award in Detroit and the Tundra is such a dud and screwed up even Toyota can't sell it it yet.

      And all this comes on a day that Toyota has to explain why they have 3 million screwed up motors out there.


      • 8 Years Ago
      They didn't, they're profitable-largely based on the fast that they are the fastest growing car company in Asia and Europe.

      Oh-GM will likely introduce a G8 rwd Pontiac first.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Domn't agree that GM should delay the RWD Impala until 2010. That will mean they will have been out of the market for a full 14 years - the last RWD Impala having been built in 1996. Its's too long and will enable Chrysler to bring in a revised 300/Charger in the meantime using technology pushed down from earlier Mercedes-Benz E-class models. Also the basic design of the new Impala was first drafted in 1999 as the VE/WM-platform Holdens, and was committed in engineeering terms in 2001. That makes it an 11-year old design when it gets here. Way way too long - this car and the Pontiac G8 should be no-brainers and should have been launched simultaneously with the Holden VE Commodore and WM Caprice in 2006. Product development is still bog slow, and GM still seem uncertain about where they are going with their cars.
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