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    Published June 23, 2006

    Chrysler got it right.

    General Motors didn't.

    Ditto Ford.
    JIM MATEGA, CHICAGO TRIBUNE NEWS - - So says John Wolkonwicz, senior analyst for Global Insight, an automotive research and consulting firm.

    "The domestics chased the wrong customer the last 25 years--white-collar Toyota, Honda and Nissan intenders rather than blue-collar NASCAR families.

    "It's socially unacceptable for Camry intenders to drive a domestic," he said. "The blue-collar buyer is the one who wants a Ford, Chevy or Dodge."

    Wolkonwicz points out that GM and Ford lack a midsize, high-performance, rear-wheel-drive sedan NASCAR followers cherish. Chrysler has the 300C and Dodge Charger, and soon may have the Dodge Challenger.

    He said there are rumblings that Chevy is going to enter the market with a high-performance Impala--in rear-wheel drive, of course.

    Wolkonwicz and the NASCAR crowd may be in for a treat: Chevy is considering just such an Impala.

    "We're looking at a RWD Impala, but it would be a few years out," said Ed Peper, general manager of Chevrolet. He stopped in town this week to give the Midwest Automotive Media Association a peek at what the automaker has coming for 2007.

    "There definitely is a RWD performance-car market out there. Our rivals offer only front-wheel-drive midsize sedans, so if we can offer both FWD [Malibu] and RWD [Impala], that would be an attractive alternative for consumers," he said. Hmm, sounds like Wolkonwicz was right on about whom Chevy considers its competition.

    Chevy also is looking at a RWD coupe: a production version of the concept Camaro from this year's auto-show circuit.

    Peper said GM will decide by the end of September whether Camaro gets a go-ahead. But a decision on a RWD Impala doesn't hinge on that, he said.

    As for Chevy's FWD sedan, the next-generation Malibu comes out for the 2008 model year derived from the extended-length Malibu Maxx, which would make it about 2 inches longer than Impala.

    Peper said no decision has been made on whether to continue to offer Malibu and Maxx. Sources say rather than keep Maxx, Chevy might get a crossover.

    Two sedans of similar size is another reason that one with FWD and one with RWD make sense.

    Another Chevy change may be in the works. GM will introduce three midsize, all-wheel-drive crossovers: the Saturn Outlook and GMC Acadia this fall and the Buick Enclave early next year.

    GM developed the crossovers in anticipation that high gas prices will cool demand for midsize AWD sport-utility vehicles.

    "It looks like Chevy will get a [crossover] as well that will replace the midsize TrailBlazer SUV in its lineup," Wolkonwicz said, which hints Acadia could replace the Envoy at GMC.

    Chevy already has dropped the extended-length TrailBlazer.

    A crossover was never in GM's plans, and Peper refused to talk about it replacing the regular-length TrailBlazer or Chevy Uplander mini-van, both of which are experiencing soft sales.

    "There's room for a TrailBlazer-size vehicle. Midsize utes and mini-vans heat up and cool down, but we need an entry in that size," Peper said. He did admit, however, that the crossover could cover both TrailBlazer and Uplander.

    As for Ford, "It needs to evaluate the [crossover] in its cycle plans as well. There are reports it will add the Fairlane [crossover] derived from the Ford Five Hundred sedan, though some reports have it derived from the Ford Fusion sedan, which would be too small," Wolkonwicz said.

    GM's coy and Ford's mum, so it will take a while to sort this all out.

    Stay tuned.

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    Re: RWD Impala? GM's thinking about it

    so... what i gathered from that article is you have to be a nascar fan to enjoy rwd Chevrolet Impala's... well first off i will say Good find, Blackout! second wtf? i want a rwd Impala! i dont like nascar... never have and never will. why? just boring, dont care for it. why would i want a rwd Impala? cause i like rwd and i dont like fwd. i would juice the hell out of a new Impala. those are two of the many reasons i like rwd Impalas. Chevrolet went wrong when they went fwd on them... that wasnt right.

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    Re: RWD Impala? GM's thinking about it

    Great news!!

    93LowLow, the "Nascar" thing is a market segment made up by marketing professionals.

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    Re: RWD Impala? GM's thinking about it

    Hell I'm lost. I wasn't aware the new impalas were FWD.

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    Re: RWD Impala? GM's thinking about it

    While they're returning the Impala to RWD, tell those stylists to put six round taillights on it (not ridiculously oversized like the 00-04 Impala) the way God intended.


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    Re: RWD Impala? GM's thinking about it

    I was under the impression that the new Impalas were RWD as well, until we went to a car show and the guy tried to sell us a lease. I told him, well its hard to turn down being a v8 RWD, he corrected me...I looked underneath the car...*spits cabbage* Whaaaaat?!
    I'll stick to my 78 Impala thank you!

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    Re: RWD Impala? GM's thinking about it

    gdwriter is right on! If the new RWD Impala doesn't have 6 tailights, it's not an Impala. Get it right GM, get it right! You can do it!

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    Re: RWD Impala? GM's thinking about it

    Now step two.... RWD Brougham!!!


    1.Take the Impala's chassis
    2. stretch the wheelbase about 5-6 inches.
    3. Add large, torquey DOHC V8
    4. Make 5 seater leather lined interior, very plush and elegant
    and voila, you have a world champion!

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    Re: RWD Impala? GM's thinking about it

    I dunno, I don't like Chevy's new styling.... its really not doing anything for me....

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    Re: RWD Impala? GM's thinking about it

    Quote Originally Posted by Night Wolf
    I dunno, I don't like Chevy's new styling.... its really not doing anything for me....
    Same here. Its too bland and doesn't look intimitating/sporty at all

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