Production of Impala cars is closed, how it was: Impala’s history
Chevrolet Impala-automobile symbol of America. At the time, the standard of luxury, practicality and speed. The first Impala appeared at the Chicago auto show in 1956. Although, it was just a Corvette Impala XP-101 show car. The car was coveted by many Americans and the emergence of the Impala in movies and TV series is about 100 times.
The growth of the auto industry, low gasoline prices, reduced eco-requirements for cars with voracious engines and an irresistible desire to buy a powerful car quickly raised sales of Impala in the United States. Thanks to the cinematograph, the car was recognized all over the world.
Bel Air Impala 1958 model year was sold out in the amount of 180 thousand pieces. Bright body colour and comfortable interior for those times 5.7-liter V8 Turbo-Thrust engine with up to 315 horsepower. A car for a married couple, a single bachelor, supporters of the law and its violators. The car has found recognition among many.
In 1959, another model was released, with a recognizable rear part called the "mermaid tail", 473 thousand of these cars were bought in the United States.
The third generation began its journey in 1961, received two updates: a station wagon body and a the sports version of the Impala SS 409.
With this model, the "arms race" between GM, Chrysler and Ford began. In the Arsenal of the Impala SS was a 6.7-liter V8 with 360 power and 542 Nm of torque, which accelerated the 5.3-meter coupe to the first hundred in 7.8 seconds.
Unique, there were only 18 of them, Chevrolet Impala SS 409 Lightweight Coupe were sold on pre-order, and naturally their owners were rich buyers.
In 1967, the Impala Hardtop Coupe of the fourth generation was released.
After the peak of sales in 1065-67, the beginning of the seventies was a difficult period for the brand. First, the popularity of the Impala declined. Secondly, the oil crisis began.
Less voracious engines, reduced model output, reduced engine line and other GM actions, extended the life of the Chevrolet Impala to the sixth generation. Simplicity, reduction of the body, and greater economy made the transport popular among the police and taxis.
In 1992, after a seven-year hiatus, Impala returned. The car entered the market in a modest and restrained body, but with an 8.2 and 5.7 liter engine.
The ninth generation, released in 2006, tried to strengthen its position in the market. Keeping the W-body platform, Impala finally lost its driver's ambitions, but instead became better, more comfortable and safer. Following the fashion and market demands, the Impala became less prominent, although it remained a good car.
The tenth generation got a chance in 2014
February 27, 2020 production of the Chevrolet Impala was finished.