Is there ANYONE out there, other than GM management, that thinks the new
Impala looks better than the old one? The old one at least had some unique
character to its styling and looked like nothing else.
Is there ANYONE out there who thinks it is a car that one could take the
badges off of and have it be recognizable as an Impala...or anything else
other than some generic Korean/Japanese model (before they learned how to
put some style in their cars)?
Come on, GM, get with it before no one buys your cars.
What's so frustrating is that GM used to be easily the best stylists in the
business. Sure, their cars rode soft, didn't handle, had hard-plastic, el-
cheapo interiors and ancient engines ---
but they consistantly pumped out very attractive cars.
The G6 is a looker (in person). The Buicks are beautiful. But, somehow,
the Chevy designers all took a "generic" class. Really, there's a humorous
film in here somewhere with an Impala or Cobalt in all white having a UPC
label on it's hood to represent "generic" styling.
The outside style lets the entire car down, because GM is doing a good job
with their interiors and driving dynamics.
I was following an old lady driving an 06 Impala LT on I -80 in Iowa
recently - she was doing about 84 mph in it.
I was far enough back where I didn't know what it was. Even though I had
seen the 06 at the Chicago Auto Show and seen pictures of it.
I started to speed up to catch up to the car wondering what kind of
Honda that was in front of me----------then I see it--- a gold bowtie.
Uh oh that ain't a Honda its Impala !
I didn't think to much of the 00-05 look. The Interior & dash was layed
out kind of nice & simple.
I did sit in an 06 about a month ago, but didn't form much of an opinion
because some saleman cranked both seat backs way down then disconnected
I don't care for the chopped off single round tail light in a triangular
housing. Put triple tail lights across the backend.
At least a 300 hp V8 is now being offered in the SS. Time will tell how
the public reacts to it. I like the idea of the flip & fold rear seat.
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I'm not particularly in love with the new design, but it's not the worst
I sat in one this summer and I thought the interior was better than my '02
until I touched the dash and it was loose (upper part would move about 1/4"
up and down). I guess I won't be trading in mine.
Camry because they are reliable and a good value, not for their styling, or
lack of it. If GM had Honda's or Toyota's reputation for quality they could
get away with it, but they don't. Chrysler, on the other hand, makes cars
with personality that are selling well even though they don't have any
better QC than GM.
At least the new Impala doesn't look offensive from any angle, like the
Malibu does from the front. Yeech.
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