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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.


Kia Makes the Case for Cadenza

Korean maker aims for the premium sweet spot.

by on May.15, 2013

Kia hopes to fill the white space between mainstream and luxury with the new 2014 Cadenza.

As it rolls out the new Cadenza, Kia says it hopes to break into a new niche between the conventional mainstream and more luxurious segments.

The Kia Cadenza becomes the most expensive product the Korean maker has ever offered, with a well-equipped model pushing above the $40,000 mark. The launch echoes the strategy of Kia’s sibling brand, Hyundai, which has also expanded upwards from its traditional, econobox roots.

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During the launch of the new Cadenza, Michael Sprague, Kia’s vice president for marketing communications, said the habits of American car buyers are changing. Fewer motorists actually want to move up and own a luxury brand, only 8% today compared to 22% before the recession undermined consumer confidence. Instead car buyers are looking for a good value and they want luxury features and the latest technology in a less ostentatious package.


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.


Big Changes for 2014 Buick LaCrosse

Bigger is better for Buick.

by on Mar.25, 2013

Buick's 2014 LaCrosse update.

Few models have done more to change the image of a brand than the big Buick LaCrosse. Along with the Enclave SUV, the sedan marked a critical turning point for the General Motors marque which, many had come to expect, wouldn’t survive GM’s 2009 bankruptcy.

The LaCrosse injected Buick with a healthy dose of youthful style and showed that it actually understood that it was possible to deliver a bit of sporty performance without completely abandoning the quite, “boulevard” ride that once made Buick a star in the near-luxury market segment.

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We’ve seen Buick roll out updates to the Enclave and several other key models but the debut of the new 2014 LaCrosse at the New York Auto Show – where it’s also previewing the updated Regal – could prove a critical moment for the marque.

“We evolved the interior and exterior design, increased luxury amenities and materials, and enhanced the safety and personal technologies to give customers more reasons than ever to rediscover Buick,” said Tony DiSalle, U.S. vice president of Buick Marketing.


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, headed to San Diego to take our first drive in the new Chevy flagship.


First Look: 2013 Chevrolet Impala

Can it regain past glories?

by on Apr.04, 2012

Chevrolet's Impala goes through one of its most dramatic redesigns in decades.

It was once the best-selling car in America, in the ‘60s reaching a peak of a million sales a year.  But in more recent times, the Chevrolet Impala hasn’t fared nearly as well.  And of the big sedans Chevy does build each year, most of those wind up going into daily rental fleets.

But the General Motors division hopes to put Impala back in the game with a major remake for 2013 that adds significant gravitas to the design that could help it muscle up against its mainstream competitors – perhaps even draw over some up-market buyers, Chevrolet is hoping as it launches the new model at the 2012 NY Auto Show.

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Hide the bow tie badge, in fact, and one might initially mistake the new Impala for the similar coupe-like sedan design of the far more expensive Audi A7 — though at a fraction of the price tag.

“Our design team was challenged to create a new classic, but that didn’t mean relying on nostalgia,” says John Cafaro, who oversaw exterior design on the new model.