The fleet-only version of the current Chevrolet Impala – the Impala Limited – was meant to be sold only until 2014, when the Oshawa, Ontario production line that builds the sedan will close. But not anymore. General Motors has decided to let the sales of the Impala Limited continue until 2016.
GM launched the redesigned 2014 Impala in April 2013, and executives said that the outgoing model would continue as the Impala Limited for sale to rental operators and corporate and government buyers.
With GM planning to keep the Oshawa line alive until 2016, the Impala Limited would live for another two years. GM spokesman Chad Lyons said last week that the Impala Limited “has done extremely well,” adding that fleet customers “know the car and like it.”
He remarked that it was a business opportunity that the carmaker wants to continue to fulfill. GM redesigned the 2014 Impala with a flashier exterior and more refined cabin in order to entice more retail buyers. GM aims to have retail buyers to account for around 70 percent of Impala sales, from just around a third in recent years.
Consumer Reports rated the 2014 Impala as the best sedan on the market, the first Detroit 3 offering ever to secure that accolade. However, the new Impala is $1,000 to $5,000 pricier than comparable models of the previous generation. John Wolkonowicz, an independent auto analyst, told Automotive News that by continuing to build the older Impala, GM can offer a less expensive, high-volume car to fleet buyers without harming the car’s residual value.
The 2014 Impala premieres another aesthetic for Chevrolet's pioneer car, but one that values the cues that helped build the quintessential nameplate for decades.
Chevrolet’s design group was inspired to make another classic, however, that didn't mean relying on sentimentality. This is very much a modern car, with design components, craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail that supplement its state-of-the-art innovation and capability.
The Impala's long, low size has a wind-swept outline that suggest movement, while the range of 18-, 19-and 20-inch wheels is custom-made to the body to give that "just right" position. At the front, low-profile projector-beam headlamps - or HID headlamps and LED daytime running lamps on LTZ - clear around the corners and form a wide grille, while a power dome hood exhibits performance. The LTZ's LED daytime running lamps give a contemporary visual statement, along with a remarkable perceivability.
Etched coves in the body sides add to the Impala's design dynamic, with a sweeping trademark cue in the rear fenders that recognizes vintage Impala designs. The "greenhouse" area is elongated, improving the smooth look of the vehicle while keeping up with excellent visibility. The deck lid seems short to supplement the total proportion, but opens to uncover a trunk with 18.8 cubic-feet (532 liters) of cargo space. Diagonal dual-signature taillamps and - on LTZ - chrome-outlined exhaust outlets top off the rear-end look.