2014 - 2015 Chevrolet Impala

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  • Chevrolet Impala
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    2014- 2015
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  • Engine:
    V6
  • Transmission:
    six-speed automatic transmission
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    303
  • Displacement:
    3.6 L
  • 0-60 time:
    7 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph
  • Price:
    27735
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The Impala was once a feared muscle car that could also haul around the entire family, but things have changed since the 1960s and automakers are more focused on economy and emissions. This means that the once legendary Impala has become a family car, plain and simple. In 2014, Chevy is completely revamping the Impala in an attempt to keep it fresh and it is slated to be revealed at the 2012 New York Auto Show. Like many automakers this year, Chevy just can’t resist releasing information early.

Chevy has released all of the specifications and even some nice images of the anticipated production model. No more teasers guys, this is supposedly the real deal. From the looks of it, the best-selling full-size sedan in 2011 is looking to reclaim that crown with this redesign.

The redesign itself is rather drastic for Chevy’s standards, so prepare yourself. Then again, some of the standard features — engine, transmission and safety features — are pretty average and not surprising at all. The next gen Chevrolet Impala will be built on the LWB version of the Epsilon 2 chassis and will be offered with a new range of engines, including a 3.6 liter V6 engine and a new 2.0 liter turbo four-cylinder. An E-assist model may also follow after the launch.

With sedans like the Dodge Charger, Ford Taurus and Nissan Maxima sneaking up on it, can the Impala pull off the feat or repeating as a best seller?

Updated 05/22/2014: Chevrolet announced prices for the 2015 Impala which will go on sale this summer with a suggested starting price of $27,735. The biggest update for the 2015 model year includes the addition of the Stop/start technology - which will now be standard on the 2.5-liter ECOTEC® engine.

Check out the full review after the jump to see if the 2014 Chevrolet Impala has the goods to remain the best seller in America.

 

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1961 Chevrolet Impala

1961 Chevrolet Impala

The first step forward for the Impala

The Chevrolet Impala was rejuvenated again for 1961, officially the year when the third generation rolled into production. Chevy’s flagship full-size model was now entirely modern and, more importantly, an SS version became available.

The Impala debuted in 1958 as the top trim level for the Bel Air known as the Bel Air Impala. 1958 was the year of GM’s 50th anniversary, and the Bel Air Impala was the anniversary Chevrolet model. It featured different styling compared to lesser Bel Airs and people bought into it. So much so that, only one year later, the Impala became a model of its own - which is now considered the second generation Impala.

The 1961 Impala was still based on the B-body platform and sat on an X-frame chassis without side rails that were said to improve rigidity and lower the center of gravity. It had already been in use for two years on the previous Impala iteration. The new car came as a Hardtop 2-door Coupe, a Convertible, a 2-door Sedan, a 4-door Sedan, and a 4-door Station Wagon.

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2016 Chevrolet Impala Midnight Edition

2016 Chevrolet Impala Midnight Edition

For better or worse, most OEM-backed concept vehicles displayed at SEMA each year rarely see life outside of the Las Vegas Convention Center, but the Chevrolet Impala Midnight Edition is not one of them. Chevy used last year’s SEMA Show to gauge interest for the Blackout Impala, and it was one of several different concepts on display. Apparently, the reaction to the Impala Midnight Edition was enthusiastic enough that this model will be going into production.

Even though the current Chevrolet Impala has definitely grown up quite a bit in terms of its styling and comfort, the new Midnight Edition package shows the car’s darker side. Set to go on sale this summer, the Chevrolet Impala Midnight Edition is a styling package with lots of attitude for not a lot of added cost. The end result is a big, bold Impala sedan that has a look that is custom enough to get away with a SEMA Show debut, but restrained enough to actually become a reality.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 Chevrolet Impala Midnight Edition.

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Jeff Gordon Announces Semi-Retirement After 2015 NASCAR Season

Jeff Gordon Announces Semi-Retirement After 2015 NASCAR Season

The Rainbow Warriors will be looking for another pot of gold in 2016 following Jeff Gordon’s announcement yesterday that he will step away from full-time driving after the 2015 season. After 23 years of racing at the top level of NASCAR, Gordon, 43, plans to hand over the reins of the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports race car.

Despite stepping out of the No. 24 Chevrolet, it doesn’t sound like Gordon is really ready to hang up his helmet and walk away from the sport altogether.

“I won’t use the ‘R-word’ [retire] because I plan to stay extremely busy in the years ahead, and there’s always the possibility I’ll compete in selected events, although I currently have no plans to do that,” Gordon said in a press release.

Gordon, 43, is by far one of the most dominant NASCAR drivers since his debut in 1992, and even though it’s been 14 years since his last championship, he and the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team are consistently contenders to win races and championships.

NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France responded to the news by saying: “Jeff Gordon transcends NASCAR and will be celebrated as one of the greatest drivers to ever race. On behalf of the entire NASCAR family, I thank Jeff for his years of dedication and genuine love for this sport, and wish him the very best in his final season.”

As for who will be replacing Gordon, Hendrick Motorsports isn’t making any announcements just yet.

Click past the jump to read more about Jeff Gordon’s NASCAR racing career.

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2015 Chevrolet Impala Blackout Concept

2015 Chevrolet Impala Blackout Concept

Once an impressive, full-size coupe and a powerful muscle car that could haul the entire family, the Impala returned in its 10th generation as a larger and more upscale sedan than its modern predecessors. The new Impala was met with great success, making Chevrolet confident about the nameplate’s revival as a strong American brand. The four-door became the first U.S.-built sedan in 20 years to earn Consumer Reports’ top score. Additionally, it became the top-selling, full-size sedan in the United States in its first year on the market, climbing above the Toyota Avalon. Mildly updated for the 2015 model year, with the highlight being GM’s 4G LTE feature for the OnStar system, the Impala also received a range of visual updates for the 2014 SEMA Show.

Unfortunately, the Impala Blackout that is heading to SEMA is just a concept vehicle that showcases the sedan’s custom potential with the use of Chevrolet Accessories parts. The good news, however, is that buyers can actually purchase these goodies and have them installed at a Chevy dealership. Read on to find out more about this "SEMA-spec" Impala.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Impala Blackout Concept.

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Video: Jay Leno Reviews Bunch of Chevy Impalas

Video: Jay Leno Reviews Bunch of Chevy Impalas

Jay is riding low in this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage. Our legendary petrol-head host meets up with three low rider aficionados who take Jay through the ins and outs of low rider tech and history. The two beautiful low rider examples are a black, 1966 Chevrolet Impala and a pinstriped 1963 Chevy Impala Convertible. Both are completely customized with unique parts and outstanding chrome work.

Jay starts off talking with the editor of Lowrider Magazine, Joe Ray, about how the low-rider culture got its start back in the 1960s and how it’s spreading all over the world today.

After that, Jay talks with Chris Najera, the owner of the black 1966 Impala about why he kept a solid paint color and how he modernized a few key bits of the interior. Under the hood lies an absolutely beautiful V-8 drenched in chrome and brimming with power.

Brandon Brusca then shows Jay nearly every inch of his candy-colored orange 1963 Impala Convertible. Every single inch of the car is completely customized. The pinstriped paint job runs the entire length of the car and exemplified automotive artistic craftsmanship. A 409-cubic-inch V-8 burbles between pinstriped inner fender wells and is covered in chrome.

Jay continues to take a look at the ’63 Impala, but from the underside, where the craftsmanship and attention to detail matches that of the top side. There are even engravings on the chrome-plated link bars for the rear suspension. Every nut, every bolt, and every connector is shined to meticulous perfection.

The kicker to it all is the ’63 Impala’s air-suspension system. It utilizes air compressors originally built in the 1960s for U.S. fighter planes. The video might be long, but it’s worth your time, even if you’re not into the low-rider scene.

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Turn 10 Studios Drops a New IGN Pack for Forza 5

Turn 10 Studios Drops a New IGN Pack for Forza 5

For all of the attention being paid to Gran Turismo 6, Forza 5 must be feeling pretty left out. So, in an attempt to steal some of the spotlight back, game developer Turn 10 Studios has released a new downloadable content for the Xbox game, called the IGN Car Pack.

Made up of 10 very diverse models, the IGN Car Pack features a wide variety of rides ranging from old supercars like the 1957 Ferrari 250 California, the 2002 Ferrari 575M Maranello and the Lamborghini Reventon, to present-day makes like the 2013 Caterham Superlight R500, and the 2014 Mercedes A45 AMG), and old-school classics like the 1977 Ford Escort RS1800, the 1964 Chevrolet Impala SS 409, the 1969 Nissan Fairlady Z 432, and the 1984 Peugeot 205 T16.

There’s a lot to like about the list, although we would’ve liked to seen a bigger list than the one the IGN Car Pack has. If anything, Turn 10 Studios needs to get its game up to another level because its nemesis, Gran Turismo 6, is doing it these days in spades.

Click past the jump to read about, in our opinion, the best car of the pack, the Lamborghini Reventon

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2014 Chevrolet Impala Urban Cool Concept

2014 Chevrolet Impala Urban Cool Concept

Chevrolet started to unwrap its concept lineup for the 2013 SEMA Show.

The company has prepared some updates for the Sonic, Malibu, Cruze and Impala, but our favorite is this Urban Cool Impala concept.

As if the refreshed 2014 Impala isn’t already one of the baddest looking sedans to grace the local rent-a-wreck parking lot, Chevy went ahead and pushed the bounds of rental-rig supremacy with the Urban Cool Concept.

Chevy started by fitting the concept with an aggressive ground-effect kit that turns the Impala from rental-lot throwaway to a pretty sexy machine. Chevy then dropped the ride height a little for a stouter stance, draped a coat of bright-white paint on the body, added in a custom-painted grille and slapped on a set of 20-inch roller with grille-matching accents for good measure.

On the inside, Chevy added in high-gloss, piano-black and anodized, low-gloss black trimming combined with contrasting Sky Cool Gray leather-trimmed seats that pop, thanks to their orange stitching.

For you techies. Chevy added in an 11-speaker, Bose Centerpoint Surround Sound System, Chevrolet MyLink system and an eight-inch color touchscreen.

Not really our cup of tea, as the Impala is the same stamped out rent-o-buggy it’s always been, just in a different wrapper. What we want to see are some performance goodies on the Impala...

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Chevrolet Impala.

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CNG 2015 Chevy Impala Is So Clean It Makes Prius Look Like Hummer

CNG 2015 Chevy Impala Is So Clean It Makes Prius Look Like Hummer

Compressed Natural Gas has never gained traction in retail-aimed vehicles, but for large fleet companies and government municipalities, CNG makes a lot of sense.

It is cheaper, easier to transport, and far cleaner than any gasoline and even EV cars that fill their batteries with coal-fired electricity.

Amid a flurry of other green and eco messages touting GM’s improving eco-friendly manufacturing, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson also announced on Wednesday that Chevrolet will be offering the all-new Impala sedan with CNG capabilities.

General Motors is expecting slow initial sales of around 750 to 1,000 units during the first year, but expects the marketplace to become more open to CNG-powered vehicles as time goes by.

There is no word yet on pricing, but other CNG vehicles see an additional $7,500 to $9,500 in costs over its gasoline-powered counterpart.

The move to offer a fleet-targeted CNG Impala an interesting one as GM has tirelessly worked to reposition the more upscale 2014 Impala far away from the mass-production, cash-only/rental-car feel the previous generation of Impalas suffered from. However, the new Impala does offer fleet customers more room and refinement than other vehicles in that market segment.

Click past the jump to read more about the Chevrolet Impala CNG and the standard 2014 model with gasoline engines.

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Origin of the Chevrolet Bowtie Badge Revealed After 100 Years

Origin of the Chevrolet Bowtie Badge Revealed After 100 Years

"Iconic" is a word that is thrown around far too often in the automotive world, but after 100 years and dozens of colors and text styles, the lasting importance and brand symbol of the Chevy bowtie emblem is a sure thing.

As the bowtie evolved over the ten decades, its transformations were barely noticeable versus the complete revolution in transport they adorned - from the first Chevy ’Classic Six’ model to today’s industrial heavy-hitter with more than 50 global model lines.

General Motors’ Chevrolet brand was launched with a script logo with the words Chevrolet written in stylized cursive.

Legibility and pronunciation of this French name were a real problem versus monosyllabic "Fords" across the street.

Soon, a baby blue bowtie logo appeared along with Chevrolet written in all caps in 1913, but the exact origins of this bowtie are unknown.

What we do know is that the Chevy bowtie instantly means cars.

Along with Ford, Coca Cola and General Electric, the emblem of the Chevrolet lineup is a globally-recognized symbol of freedom, prestige and mobility.

Logo changes are often fraught with peril for the companies who fail to understand the symbol’s importance to their most loyal consumers. Just a brief look back shows disastrous results followed when Gap Inc. tried to remodel their emblem, or the huge drop in real-life sales following Tropicana’s disastrous package redesign.

With the new 2014 Cadillac logo (without the wreath!) in place on the Elmiraj Concept, here’s a look back at the evolution of the Chevrolet bowtie over the Chevrolet bowtie over the last hundred years.

Click past the jump for the full Chevy’s BowTie Emblem Turns 100, Reflects On Badge’s Evolution article - to find out the most likely source of the bowtie emblem.

Updated 10/14/2013: This article has been updated with Chevy’s latest skinny emblem, which the original article did not highlight as the new bowtie in use since 2010.

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1963 Chevrolet Impala SS by West Coast Customs for Kobe Bryant

1963 Chevrolet Impala SS by West Coast Customs for Kobe Bryant

When it comes to Mr. Snuggles (Kobe Bryant) and his West Coast Customs’ 1963 Impala SS Convertible, it seems that having $100,000,000 in the bank will change a man’s taste in automobiles.

From this air-ride and 808-thumping beast, Kobe’s previous taste in cars was not quite as universally refreshing as his favorite brand of soda, which is Sprite, by the way. Painted a hideous purple/blue blend and with Cheech and Chong-style low-rider wheels: this nasty custom is really an L.A. special.

The 100-spoke, 13-inch wheels and the interior are reasonably well done, but watching the West Coast Customs’ brain trust on cable TV does not inspire confidence in one inch of the engine mechanicals, handling, reliability, performance or value of this 1963 Impala SS.

This example is for sale at $100,000 even, with over 700 people watching the auction and dozens of offers already rejected. No word if West Coast Customs would do a barter deal for tutoring and (maybe!) get these artistic geniuses a GED certificate or two.

Click past the jump to take a fantastic voyage in Kobe’s baller Impala, which might even come with a grumpy meet/greet with Jesse James.

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Video: Chevrolet Presents its New Lineup in Creative Fashion

Video: Chevrolet Presents its New Lineup in Creative Fashion

Chevy revealed a very cool commercial that highlights the coolest models it has unveiled in the past few months, including the Sonic, Spark, Impala, Corvette Stingray and Volt. There’s no need to tell you, but from all these models the new Stingray is our favorite, but the 2014 Impala is also pretty sexy model too.

The idea behind this commercial is that Chevy is offering a model for anyone out there; you just need to dare go and find the one that suits you best. What we cannot understand is what the heck the robo-dog is doing in there. Then again, much like blue jean commercials, car commercial don’t make sense, so who knows!

Chevrolet’s motto for the new commercial is also pretty direct: "With the best lineup of vehicles ever, we believe ingenuity can do the impossible. So why just go from A to B when imagination can take you everywhere?"

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1963 Chevrolet Impala SS "Mystery Motor"

1963 Chevrolet Impala SS "Mystery Motor"

If we were to say the name “Robert Glenn Johnson Jr” not many people, besides hardcore NASCAR fans, would know who we are talking about. However, mention the name Junior Johnson and “Mystery Motor” and nearly every NASCAR fan knows what we’re talking about. If you haven’t figured it out, Robert Glen Johnson Jr and Junior Johnson are the same person.

The Mystery Motor refers to Junior Johnson’s most famous car, which was a 1963 Chevy Impala SS with an extremely rare Mk II engine. This engine was a very limited production model that was wedged between the Mk I 438/409 engine and Mk IV 427 engine. This engine only saw roughly 50 total units produced, though some claim there were only 18 ever produced, making it one of the rarest GM engines ever built.

Shortly after these engines went out to various Chevrolet drivers, Chevy pulled the plug on its race sponsorship and the owners of the cars were stuck with modifying and fitting the engines themselves. Junior Johnson’s Mk II 427 wound up being the most powerful built at the time and resulted in a total of seven wins, nine pole positions, 13 top-5 finishes, and 14 top-10 finishes in just 33 races in the 1963 season. Its overall power and rarity earned it the name “Mystery Motor.”

Following the 1963 season, Chevy had began production of the Mk IV 427, rendering the Mystery Motor ineligible for NASCAR competition and reducing Johnson’s win total to less than half the following year.

If you have ever wanted to own a piece of automotive and NASCAR history, this is your chance, as RK Motors Charlotte has put Johnson’s 1963 Impala SS up for sale, Mystery Motor and all.

Click past the jump to read our full review.

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2015 Chevrolet Impala SS

2015 Chevrolet Impala SS

The SS (Super Sport) name was first used back in 1961 and since then, it has become Chevrolet’s signature of performance on many models. Back then, the Impala was in its fourth generation and the SS version brought an amazing power increase of 305 - 425 HP, depending on the version. Now, the tenth generation Impala is on the horizon, changing its focus from being a once feared muscle car to a plain and simple family car, but the SS model will still be there to tickle the fancy of practicality and performance.

The future, standard Chevrolet Impala was just unveiled at the 2012 New York Auto Show, so we expect to see the SS version launched sometime by the end of the year or in early 2013. The new SS should follow the same guidelines set in the previous models, so expect to see a V8 engine with an output of up to 450 HP cradled under that family sized hood. In terms of design, the new Impala SS will receive a modified bumper, new grille, new side skirts, a new set of wheels, an SS badge, and some new red paint.

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Report: No All-Wheel Drive for 2014 Impala

We are all just becoming accustomed to the fact that the Impala will no longer be just a rental car beater, as Chevrolet has completely redesigned it and actually made it a competitor in the full-size car market and Chevy’s already trying to shoot itself in the foot.

When Chevy began leaking out information about the 2014 Impala, we all assumed it would have an all-wheel-drive option, even though GM said nothing about it during the official unveiling in New York. This became even more obvious when we found out that it will be based on the Epsilon platform, which is the same platform that the AWD Cadillac XTS and AWD Buick LaCrosse are based upon.

To our surprise, we learned from our friends at GMInsideNews.com that Chevy has zero plans of offering an AWD version of the Impala in either the near or distant future. Chevy actually made the brash and unfounded statement that all-wheel-drive vehicles are only a small part of the full-size car market. Actually that statement is downright false, to some experts.

Paul Lacy of IHS stated last year that by 2015 AWD sales will account for nearly 30% of all automotive sales. Then again, if GM doesn’t want to take an industry expert’s opinion, it can look at sister company Cadillac. In 2009 and 2010 nearly one-half of all CTS sales were AWD models. Add in the fact that all of the main competitors to the Impala, including the Charger, Taurus, and 300, all have at least an optional AWD system.

We don’t know exactly why Chevy is not planning on an AWD offering for the Impala and we honestly think that they are taking a step backwards at the worst possible time. When you first release a vehicle you don’t want to cut out an item like AWD, which is an important purchasing point for undecided shoppers. The undecided shopper is the one you need to reel in and things like AWD make that a possibility. Bad form, Chevy.

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2014 - 2015 Chevrolet Impala

2014 - 2015 Chevrolet Impala

The Impala was once a feared muscle car that could also haul around the entire family, but things have changed since the 1960s and automakers are more focused on economy and emissions. This means that the once legendary Impala has become a family car, plain and simple. In 2014, Chevy is completely revamping the Impala in an attempt to keep it fresh and it is slated to be revealed at the 2012 New York Auto Show. Like many automakers this year, Chevy just can’t resist releasing information early.

Chevy has released all of the specifications and even some nice images of the anticipated production model. No more teasers guys, this is supposedly the real deal. From the looks of it, the best-selling full-size sedan in 2011 is looking to reclaim that crown with this redesign.

The redesign itself is rather drastic for Chevy’s standards, so prepare yourself. Then again, some of the standard features — engine, transmission and safety features — are pretty average and not surprising at all. The next gen Chevrolet Impala will be built on the LWB version of the Epsilon 2 chassis and will be offered with a new range of engines, including a 3.6 liter V6 engine and a new 2.0 liter turbo four-cylinder. An E-assist model may also follow after the launch.

With sedans like the Dodge Charger, Ford Taurus and Nissan Maxima sneaking up on it, can the Impala pull off the feat or repeating as a best seller?

Updated 05/22/2014: Chevrolet announced prices for the 2015 Impala which will go on sale this summer with a suggested starting price of $27,735. The biggest update for the 2015 model year includes the addition of the Stop/start technology - which will now be standard on the 2.5-liter ECOTEC® engine.

Check out the full review after the jump to see if the 2014 Chevrolet Impala has the goods to remain the best seller in America.

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Video: NASCAR robots featured in latest Transformers ad

Video: NASCAR robots featured in latest Transformers ad

You might have wondered exactly why the latest Transformers trailer was aired during the Daytona 500. Well, apart from the NASCAR race being one of the most watched sporting events in the US, the new trailer was aptly aired during the race because of a partnership between the movie and the racing series.

If you had no idea before, then let this new trailer be your introduction to three new robots that will be featured in the third installment of the blockbuster movie franchise: they’re Chevrolet Impalas dressed up as NASCAR race cars that also happen to be Transformers.

Until now, no names or affiliations – word has it that they’re one of the good guys – have been given for these three racing robots, but whatever their allegiances are, it’s still pretty cool to see some US-bred NASCAR racers in the movie.

The movie hits theaters on July 1st, 2011, making it another four-month wait for ardent fans of the franchise. And if you’re fans of NASCAR like we are, there’s another reason – or three – to anxiously wait for the movie’s release. Until then, check out the new Transformers trailer and keep a sharp eye out for those bad-ass NASCAR Transformers.

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NASCAR Transformers spotted on Transformers 3 set

NASCAR Transformers spotted on Transformers 3 set

Every time a new Transformers movie is being made, we can pretty much expect director Michael Bay to have a couple of new toys added to the cast of robots already present in the movie.

For thethird installment of the blockbuster franchise, Bay went out of his way to have a few stock cars in the flick, dressed in NASCAR livery and packing some serious ammunition. All in all, three NASCAR racers have been added to the movie, although there have been conflicting reports with regards to which side of the fence they belong on.

Some folks have been led to believe that the NASCAR-dressed Chevrolet Impalas would be on the Decepticon’s side playing the role of the Stunticons, three psychotic robots that form together to create the Menasor. On the flip side, recent rumors have surfaced that the three robots are Autobots and will be called the Wreckers.

Wherever their allegiances lie, we’re nevertheless excited to see some NASCAR representation in the movie. We’re not sure how the racing series is going to take it - especially if these three end up being Decepticons - but we’re pretty sure that they’re happy getting the free publicity.

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GM Recalls Defective Impalas

The Detroit Automaker has announced today that they will be recalling a total of 322,409 2009 and 2010 model Chevy Impalas due to concerns regarding the safety belt.

GM will inspect a small group of vehicles whose front seat belt webbing may not have been properly secured to the pretensioners. This suspected defect will cause the seat belt anchor to fail during a crash – not good news to Impala owners at all. Dealers will be called upon to inspect both front seat belt mechanisms and, if necessary, re-install the defective parts. GM claim they know of no injuries or deaths relating to this condition – yet. Impala customers will be notified by October 25, 2010 to bring their cars in. Of course necessary repairs will be conducted free of charge.

This is the fourth installment of a major recall this year, following Toyota dropping bombshells regarding the Matrix and Corolla, Lexus LS, Prius, and, of course, BMW Motorcycles with faulty braking systems. Is it just us or are the world’s automakers playing corner-cutting Russian Roulette with their customers’ lives?

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2011 Chevrolet Impala

2011 Chevrolet Impala

Like in all of its previous years, the 2011 Impala continues to combine fuel efficiency and fuel options with roominess and popular standard features. For 2011, it will be offered in three trim levels: LS, LT and LTZ retail models.

Also for 2011,Chevrolet is offering a new Luxury Package that includes: front bucket seats with leather-appointments, front passenger six-way power seat adjuster, flip-and-fold-flat rear seat, bose premium eight-speaker audio system, one-year subscription of XM Radio, new inside auto-dimming rearview mirror, new Universal Home Remote, new outside heated power-adjustable mirrors and a rear spoiler. All models are available with 16-, 17- and 18-inch wheel designs.

The LS and LT models are powered by a 3.5 liter V6 engine that delivers 211 HP and 216 lb.-ft. of torque and also offers E85 FlexFuel capability. The LTZ models is powered by a 3.9 liter V6 engine that delivers 224 HP and 235 lb.-ft. of torque (319 Nm).

Press release after the jump.

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Video: For the love of God, please don't launch your car over a toll booth

Video: For the love of God, please don’t launch your car over a toll booth

Who knew that toll gates could become instruments for flying cars. We didn’t think so, either.

But apparently, somebody does, and this video will show you how you can take a Chevy Impala and launch it without any Hollywood gimmickry. The only thing you need to do is be intoxicated, as this female driver clearly was at the time of her stunt-driving audition. After leaving the Dallas-Forth Worth International Airport, the driver decided that paying for the toll wasn’t something she was willing to do, so instead of having to scamper around her bag for loose change, she decided to just jump the damned thing. Unfortunately, the jump wasn’t all that high as the car clipped the booth instead. On the other hand, both the driver and the booth operator escaped the incident without any serious injuries.

We know the kind of behavior that people display while they are intoxicated and, while some of those behaviors are relatively harmless, launching your car over a toll booth isn’t one of them. So we strongly advise anybody to exercise caution, just roll your car through the toll, and pay the fee.

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OnStar recovers State Senator’s Chevy Impala

This is actually a remarkable story. Last week (Thursday, May 6, 2010 at 1:27pm to be exact), State Senator Terry Burton realized that his 2009 Chevrolet Impala had been stolen. Yes, not only did a thug steal a Chevy Impala, but it just so happened to be one owned by a Senator. Not good for Mr. Crook. To make matters worse for Sir Steal-a-Lot, the Impala was armed with On-Star’s Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. Oh yeah. After Senator Burton saw that his car was stolen, he called OnStar and reported it. OnStar then contacted local police, found the vehicle, and, when the vehicle was in a safe position, armed the Stolen Vehicle Slowdown. This technology can be remotely activated by an OnStar advisor once the car has been located by their GPS system and when police can see the vehicle and advise the OnStar representative that the car is in a safe position. The only thing left to do is activate it and watch the car slow down.

We can only imagine the look on the thief’s face as he saw the police cruisers gaining on him in the rearview mirror and then feel as the car slowly died to an idle position. Now, sitting in a non-moving car with the officers happily walking over to detain him, the crook’s hopes of getting away come crashing down and evaporating into the air under the hot sun. Not a good day for him, but an excellent day for Mississippi police, OnStar, and Senator Burton.

This story is so perfect, so happily-ever-after, that one has to wonder if this was some sort of promotional setup by OnStar or Chevrolet. We are not saying it is, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it was.

Press release after the jump.

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SpongeBob Squarepants makes an appearance at SEMA

SpongeBob Squarepants makes an appearance at SEMA

Unlike other auto shows in the world, the SEMA auto show is one of the few that celebrates the art of car customizations and fine tuning. This year’s event has so far lived up to the hype with a number of specially-customized vehicles taking center stage.

Then again, SEMA wouldn’t be complete with some rather amusing cars that catch everyone’s attention for reasons that have nothing to do with vehicle itself. This year, a late 80’s Chevy Impala/Caprice was on display and it had a very unlikely - yet extremely amusing– paintjob: SpongeBob Squarepants and friends. The whole depiction of SpongeBob and gang was really intricately done and what’s even better is the fact that pretty the much the whole cast of characters could be found in the Caprice. Too match the SpongeBob’s yellow skin, the Caprice’s hardtop roof, as well as the front grilles, the linings on the front and rear of the bumper, and the wheels were all given the yellow treatment.

You can just imagine taking your kid in school with this car. You’ll become all
of his friends’ hero.

Photos courtesy of Frank Filipponio

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2009 Chevrolet Impala

2009 Chevrolet Impala

Chevrolet has been using the Impala name for over 50 years. It has put it faith in that customers will recognize the name to be associated with dependable, usable family sedans. Because of this, Chevy launched the 2009 Impala with new standard safety features, including thorax side-impact air bags and safety belt pretensioners for the front-seat lap belts. Anti-lock brakes and traction control are now standard on all models. Available is new Bluetooth phone connectivity through the OnStar system. Bluetooth technology enables hands-free phone calling, with personal cell phone calls connected via the Impala’s audio system.

Impala is available in four trims: LS, LT, LTZ and the sporty SS.

Impala’s V6 engines are as fuel-efficient as they are sophisticated. A 3.5 liter V6 is standard in the Impala LS and LT, delivering 211 hp and 214 lb.-ft. of torque – more standard power as a base engine than some key competitors’ top (or only) offering.

Standard in LTZ and available in LT models is the 3.9L V-6 that features E85 FlexFuel capability. This engine offers more power and usable torque within its operating range, with 90 percent of peak torque available from 1,800 to 5,800 rpm. It is rated at 224 hp and 235 lb.-ft. of torque.

The 5.3L all-aluminum small-block V-8 powers the performance-oriented Impala SS. It features Active Fuel Management, which can provide up to 12 percent better fuel economy. Developed exclusively for front-drive applications, the SS’s 5.3L engine produces 303 hp and 323 lb.-ft. of torque.

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