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Feds Launch Probe of 2014 Chevy Impala Brakes

Move comes as GM notifies 1.4 million motorists replacement ignition switches are ready.

by on Apr.23, 2014

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala was named Best in Class by Consumer Reports.

Federal investigators have launched a preliminary probe of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala following a report that the big sedan’s emergency braking system might activate without warning or driver input.

The probe comes as General Motors shakes up its internal product development system in a bid to catch potential safety problems as early as possible. GM is facing a number of separate investigations stemming from the handling of a recall now involving 2.6 million vehicles equipped with defective ignition switches linked to at least 13 deaths.

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On Wednesday, GM said it had notified 1.4 million U.S. motorists they could schedule repairs for vehicles covered by the ignition switch recall.


Democratizing Technology

Features once limited to luxury models increasingly commonplace in mainstream vehicles.

by on Sep.16, 2013

All 2014 Toyota Corolla models will offer energy-efficient LED headlamps, a first for the segment.

When the new 2014 Dodge Durango comes to market later this month, it will offer buyers an assortment of new safety features that include Adaptive Cruise Control, a system that quickly can bring the vehicle to a complete stop in heavy traffic, then start moving again when traffic clears.

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala has a similar system that can slam on the brakes in an emergency, helping avoid an accident the driver might not have time to react to.  Meanwhile, Toyota will make super-bright and energy-efficient LED headlamps standard on all versions of the all-new 2014 Corolla sedan.

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These and other features, such as the EyeSight system Subaru is rolling out across its model line-up, underscore a dramatic trend in the auto industry, what might best be called “the democratization of technology,” in the words of Ford Motor Co. Chief Operating Officer Mark Fields.


2014 Chevy Impala Fires on All Four Cylinders

A big car with a small appetite for fuel.

by on Jun.10, 2013

Despite its size, the 2014 Chevy Impala's new 2.5-liter I-4 can deliver up to 31 mpg Highway.

Long known – and largely ignored – for its bland, forgettable styling and driving manners only a rental car customer could appreciate, General Motors delivered a real surprise with the redesigned 2014 Chevrolet impala.

As we discovered during our first drive of the sedan earlier this year, the new Impala is not just stylish and well-equipped but also a lot of fun to drive, not something you might expect from a 3,800-pound, full-size 4-door.  Of course, it helped that the launch version of the Impala featured a peppy 3.6-liter V-6 turning out 305 horsepower and 264 pound-feet through a 6-speed automatic transmission.

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In decades past, that might have been precisely what the market wanted, but not in an era of $4-a-gallon gas.  Even big sedans like Impala now need to offer something smaller and more fuel-efficient under the hood. And the good news is the 2014 Chevy Impala has just the option, a new 2.5-liter inline-four that’s also matched up to a six-speed automatic.


Chevy Aiming for Big Surge in Impala Sales

But have big car sales simply slumped too far?

by on Apr.09, 2013

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala will now be offered with a 2.5-liter I-4 as well as the 3.6-liter V-6.

General Motors has big plans for its new full-size sedan, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala, and is hoping that a new emphasis on leasing will gain the redesigned four-door some traction after years as little more than a fleet car.

Going up against some tough competitors that include a new Toyota Avalon and recently updated Hyundai Azera, the new Chevy Impala has been garnering strong reviews since its launch – especially for its distinctive, coupe-like styling.  And by adding a new low-cost lease program as well as a higher-mileage inline-four engine, GM officials said this week they see an opportunity to gain some momentum for Impala after years  on the sidelines.

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“We’re looking forward to grow segment share and really attract people from other segments into the large car segment,” Don Johnson, Chevrolet’s vice president of sales and service, said during a media briefing.

But whether Chevrolet – or its full-size competitors – can lure buyers in remains to be seen. The large car segment slipped substantially in recent years, market share falling by half, to just 4%, between 2007 and 2012, according to industry data.


Old and New, Chevrolet Will Market Two Versions of Impala

by on Mar.19, 2013

The new 2014 Chevrolet Impala will target retail buyers while the old model will be aimed at fleets.

General Motors plans to offer two separate versions of the big Chevrolet Impala, both the 2014 remake of the full-size sedan as well as the old model that it was intended to replace.

The previous-generation Chevrolet Impala will remain in production indefinitely and will be aimed strictly at the fleet market while the all-new 2014 will focused on the retail market where Chevy hopes to pick up market share, GM officials said.

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Less than one third of the old Impala have been going into consumers’ hands, something that the maker hopes to change with the 2014 model, according to Chris Perry, Chevrolet vice president of marketing. “It’s 30 percent retail, 70 percent fleet right now. We’re going to flip that with the new car,” he said.


First Drive: 2014 Chevrolet Impala

Chevy proves there's plenty of life left in the full-size sedan.

by on Mar.18, 2013

The 2014 Chevrolet Impala adopts a more modern design theme with its coupe-like roofline.

In the years before trucks and sport-utility vehicles came to dominate the Chevrolet lineup, the Impala was regarded as Chevy’s flagship since the Corvette was in a class all by itself.

The big sedan has lost much of its luster over the years, General Motors’ largest brand shifting focus to those higher-profit trucks, SUVs and newer crossovers. But the surge in fuel prices over the last few years has many motorists shifting back to the passenger car side of the market and now Chevy is hoping to rebuild Impala’s reputation, which has been diminished by years of neglect.

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The maker generated plenty of buzz with the unveiling of the all-new 2014 Chevrolet Impala, which adopts a sleek new, coupe-like shape and introduces a variety of new features long absent from Chevy’s full-size offering.

But the question is how it stacks up against some tough new competitors, notably including an equally all-new Avalon sedan from Toyota. For that, TheDetroitBureau.com headed to San Diego to take our first drive in the new Chevy flagship.


2014 Impala Brings with it End of the Bench Seat

Flagship Chevrolet sedan was last car sold in North America to with option of three-across seating in front.

by on Oct.01, 2012

The 1963 Chevrolet Impala Sport Sedan featured a front bench seat.

Fans of the front bench seat in cars better scurry to their local Chevrolet dealership to get one of the last 2013 Impalas. That’s because the revamped 2014 model will do away with the bench seat option.

You may have believed that the bench had died with your Aunt Mertyl’s ’82 Plymouth. But it was still available on the full-size Impala, the last car sold in North America to offer it.

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Now, for the first time since manufacturers started putting engines in carriages and calling them automobiles, the bench is going away.

Will drive-in movies or cuddling with your sweetheart ever be the same?


Chevy Bringing New Impala, Traverse To New York Auto Show

But is an alternate, rear-drive offering in the cards, as well?

by on Mar.22, 2012


Chevrolet offers just a subtle peak at the new Impala coming to New York next month.

The folks at Chevrolet will be busy squeezing in two significant new product updates at the New York Auto Show next month, the maker pulling the wraps off both an all-new version of the aging Impala line, as well as revealing an updated version of the big Chevy Traverse SUV.

The Traverse will reach showrooms for the 2013 model-year, but Chevrolet planners apparently want to build buzz more slowly for the big Impala sedan, which will be designated a 2014 model when it reaches showrooms.

The Impala nameplate is one of the General Motors division’s oldest, first bolting onto a sedan back in 1958.  The 2014 reincarnation will be the Impala’s tenth-generation remake – and, Chevy clearly hopes, will help add momentum to a brand that set a global sales record last year, topping 5 million vehicles – dealers around the world selling one new Chevrolet car, truck or crossover, on average, every six seconds.


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“The new Impala further strengthens Chevrolet’s passenger car lineup by giving consumers a full-size sedan that balances the desire for distinction with engaging driving dynamics,” said Chris Perry, the vice president of Global Chevrolet Marketing.

The teaser image doesn’t reveal much, though it does hint that Chevy designers opted for a classic luxury cue, with a long and sweeping C-pillar and what appears to be a more coupe-like roofline than the current Impala.  It also boasts plenty of chrome trim.