The Chevrolet Impala is indeed America's favorite full-size car, according to U.S. registration numbers complied by R.L. Polk & Co. Today's Impalas are manufactured at the Oshawa, Ontario, Canada plant. Impala continues to reign supreme for passenger comfort and convenience with a touch of luxury. Fourth generation (1965-1970) early sales set a new record of over one million sold, spurred along by a total redesign in 1965. Assembly then was in 14 locations around the U.S. and in Canada.
A performance model, the Impala SS, was introduced in 1961. Powered by 348 CID V8 engines cranking out 305/340/350 horsepower, or a new 409 CID V8 that ran up to 425 horsepower, Impala sales again were boosted until competing models of Chevelle and Caprice cut into sales. The SS model was ended by 1970. More changes affected the next couple generations of Impalas, and the vehicle was downsized, like many others, to meet challenges of the gas crisis. This continued through 1996 models. There was a hiatus in Impala production between 1996 and 2000, when GM brought Impala back to the market as a smaller front-wheel drive 4-door sedan to replace the Lumina.
This stylish vehicle has long been the leader in passenger comfort, security, and style since its introduction by GM during the 1958 model year. Brought to the market by General Motors Styling VP Harley Earl, the Impala set sales records in its early days that still stand even today. Early models of the late 1950s sold for just $2,586 to $2,683. It was available as a hardtop or convertible, with 235 CID V6 to 348 CID V8 engines, with manual or automatic transmissions. Current models have a base engine of 214 CID V6 with 211 horsepower, and automatic transmission. Today's MSRP is $24,390 for the Impala.
Luxury and special features are what the Impala is best known for by owners. Basic models today contain a raft of standard features that are truly luxury offerings. These include perks like climate controls, driver information center, AM/FM stereo CD/MP3 players, and 4-speed automatic transmission with O/D. Standard exterior features include front wheel drive, standard traction control, and many others. Drivers like remote keyless entry, power door locks, power mirrors, performance tires, and intermittent wipers.
Interior perks include an adjustable steering wheel, power driver seat, cruise control, driver lumbar support and many more luxury features. Standard warranty coverage is 3/36,000 on the Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, 5/100,000 on Powertrain, 6/100,000 for Rust, and 5/100,000 Roadside Assistance. Fuel efficiency is rated 19/29 for 1LS and 1LT models and 17/25 for 1LTZ; all have a 17.5 gallon fuel tank. Other luxury options can be added, including a flip-fold rear seat, leather appointments, Bose® premium sound system, XM Radio, or 6-passenger seating option. An all-time winner, Impala continues its popularity into the new century. In 2008, Impala was distinctive for being the top selling sedan in the U.S.
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