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2009 Chevy Impala RWD



  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    GM indicated June 1/07 that the Zeta program is now on again and the RWD Impala will start production in mid 2010 as a 2011 model. Information also says the 2009/10 Impala will be called the Impala Classic before being put out to pasture. This will probably replace the current LS/LT/LTZ designations.
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Posts: 870
    Would that probably mean a public reveal at the Detroit auto show @ Jaunary 2010?
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    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.
  • quietproquietpro Posts: 702
    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. :)
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Posts: 870
    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.
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    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.
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Posts: 870
    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.
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    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.
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Posts: 870
    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.
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    Endless possibilities........lets just hope chevy gets it right!
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Posts: 870
    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.
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    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.
  • m1miatam1miata Posts: 4,556
    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 :D Come on get with it General.
  • batistabatista Posts: 159
    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?
  • m1miatam1miata Posts: 4,556
    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.
  • charts2charts2 Posts: 618
    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.
  • bobber1bobber1 Posts: 217
    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.
  • nosirrahgnosirrahg Posts: 870
    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.
  • gb540gb540 Posts: 1
    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 [non-permissible content removed] 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.
  • rysterryster Posts: 476
    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.
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