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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.

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First Look: 2012 Hyundai Azera

Hyundai’s “tweener” to get a facelift for Los Angeles.

by on Jul.27, 2011

Is this the look of the next-gen Hyundai Azera?

The Hyundai Azera is something of a “tweener,” a product not quite up to the lavish Genesis sedan but definitely a step above the mainstream midsize Sonata – it’s aimed at a buyer who wants something a little bigger but doesn’t want to push into the Genesis price range, like the Toyota Avalon or, on the domestic  market, the old Ford Crown Victoria, perhaps.

Many folks have been expecting Azera to simply go away, but a tweet from John Krafcik, the maker’s U.S.  chief executive, tells us that Azera will stay part of the expanding line-up – but get a decidedly new look for 2012.  And, says the ever-informative Krafcik, we’ll get a first look at it during the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show.

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In the sheet metal, that is, for we first spotted this image on the pages of AutoBlog.com and thought it appropriate to bring it here for a quick glimpse.  What you see is actually the Korean Grandeur, which is likely to serve as the influence for the new Azera, incorporating the latest iteration of Hyundai’s “fluidic styling” language. What claims to be a spy shot of the new Hyundai closely resembles this image and clearly shows the familial resemblance to the Sonata.

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