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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. 


First Drive: 2011 Chevrolet Traverse

Competent but uninspiring.

by on Jun.03, 2011

Our reviewer calls the 2011 Chevrolet Traverse competent but uninspiring.

Competence may be a virtue, but not necessarily at the expense of personality.

This is the lesson of the 2011 Chevrolet Traverse, a perfectly capable crossover SUV that inspires nothing of note in those who look at it or drive it.

That’s not necessarily bad, there’s no soccer parent stigma associated with minivans, for example. The Traverse is a fine-looking vehicle, in the way that an Abercrombie & Fitch model looks good and generic.

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The only problem with the Traverse’s inoffensive styling is that the two domestic three-row crossovers sold by Chevy’s Detroit rivals—the redesigned Ford Explorer and the also redesigned Dodge Durango—stand out more in a crowd. Even one of the other GM Lambda-based crossovers that share this platform offers more styling verve—the Buick Enclave (while the similar GMC Acadia is also a bit plain-jane).

Of course, sartorial concerns are but one reason to purchase a vehicle in this class, and only the hippest parents on the block are really worried about what the Joneses will think. The rest are looking for utility, practicality, value, and fuel economy. If the driving dynamics happen to offer some personality, well, that’s a bonus.


GM Recalling Nearly 250,000 Crossovers

Defective seatbelts blamed.

by on Aug.17, 2010

Nearly a quarter-million GM vehicles -- including this 2010 Buick Enclave -- are covered by the recall.

Potentially defective second-row seatbelts have led to a recall order from General Motors involving nearly a quarter-million of its most popular crossover-utility vehicles, the automaker has announced.

In all, the move impacts 243,403 2009 and 2010-model Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook CUVs, all sharing the same underlying platform and key components – including the suspect seatbelts.

The situation involves a belt latch that can inadvertently be released under certain conditions – meaning a passenger would not be properly constrained during a crash.  It is also possible that the belt buckle could receive cosmetic damage, even the latch functions properly, under certain circumstances, according to GM.

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“Because of the potential for a false-latch condition,” said Jeff Boyer, GM executive director of safety, “we want customers to return their vehicles to have the recall repair performed as soon as possible.”