• Jan 18th 2008 at 7:28AM
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It seems that the Impala's replacement has found its way onto the auto pages of a newspaper in much the same way that the Cadillac CTS Coupe did a while back. You could argue that there's no way this is anything but a calculated effort on GMs part. There's really no way to be sure, but with our local dealers still still using images of the DN101 Taurus when advertising the '08, the suspicion might be warranted. Think about it for a second and you realize that dealers don't just get this stuff by mistake. That's our conspiracy theory, and we're sticking with it.

Why would the General toss images of cars yet to be announced out there so publicly? We don't know, but perhaps it's a way to test styling or generate buzz. Or, maybe GM had nothing to do with it and the dealer found this rendering in a year-old issue of Motor Trend, which is probably the most likely scenario. Either way, we like the swoopy Volt-ish lines of the whateveritis. Our current Impala is rather anonymous, though it is the best Lumina ever made. If this car really is what it's masquerading as, we're excited to see it in four color instead of grayscale half-toning.

Thanks for the tip, Jacob!

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe LARGE dealers. I know the dealer I worked at would barely get info on last year's models. Let alone next year's.
      • 7 Years Ago

      An Impala wagon would be nice. Since the Pontiac G8 wagon won't be made and the Magnum is going to be axed those who wish to buy a wagon from a domestic manufacturer will have no choice. The Impala wagon could fill that niche.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Dear Dan Roth,

      Here's your sign.


      • 7 Years Ago
      The current Impala IS the best Lumina ever. Up to the Malibu coming out has been the best Chevy Sedan for a good while. And the refresh was well done.

      But with the Malibu coming out it is just old and redundant.
      • 7 Years Ago
      For God's sake...yet again, it's just a case of a rushed ad maker Google'ing "2008 Impala" for images, and bing-bang-boom, that's what they get.

      Just like with the "CTS coupe". Earth to Autoblog: though interesting, don't be so dumb as to make these flubs out to be something they clearly aren't. At the minimum, before you do, try a Google...and you'll answer your own question.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I didn't have a big problem with the exterior styling. Boring conservative is fine by me. My problems with the current gen Impala are:
      1. dated interior with horrible cheap plastics
      2. every @#%! taxi cab in the city uses the Impala

      GM: give me a car reasonably close to the MT mock up with a modern interior and cut back on the fleet sales! I'll happily buy one (with the requisite 0% financing of course).
      • 7 Years Ago
      I could've sworn I saw a very similar photochop in MT a few months ago.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Will it be rear wheel drive?
        • 7 Years Ago
        @goat, why are the new CAFE standards a bad thing?
        It will create new engineering jobs.
        We will use less gas therefore lower our oil dependence. People will replace older inefficient cars earlier
        The air gets cleaner
        And who said a rear wheel drive uses more gas?
        • 7 Years Ago
        There was a image of a car very similar to this in GM's RWD design studio where the Camaro was being designed. I'm sure the autoblog guys have that picture of the Camaro with the 3 musketeers standing in front of the Camaro and a picture of this car in the background.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You know, RWD isn't a panacea. Back when RWD was the norm, there were some _very bad_ handling cars. Even as FWD started to take hold, there were horribly handling cars regardless of layout.

        Perhaps what we should be asking is "will it handle well" regardless of which wheels are driven.
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Will it be rear wheel drive?"

        No, thanks to the Democrats and their new CAFE rules.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is pretty embarrassing for Autoblog. Anyone can see that it IS the picture from Motortrend (as in the very same picture) which was created by them. Even the Chevy logo is backwards because the image was flipped.

      Its also a pretty poor interpretation of what that vehicle will look like.
      • 7 Years Ago
      its not always the dealership supplying the images for ads...sometimes theres just some ignorant person at the newspaper or in the layout dept that doesnt know any better and googles the car and sticks in w/e pic they find...how many times do u see the wrong car pictured in a classified ad for used cars??
      • 7 Years Ago
      I worked for an automotive ad agency for 10 years. Believe me, it was extremely difficult to get pictures/artwork of new vehicles. There were several times when a new model came out we'd have to do an internet search.

      I won't agree with your conspiracy theory. I'd say that some dim-wit at a newspaper or agency did an internet search and didn't have the knowledge that it was the wrong vehicle they were putting in the ad.
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