2014 Chevrolet Impala. Photo: General Motors Company (NYSE:GM).
The financial collapse in 2008 threw a wrench into the plans of Detroit automakers, and the subsequent drastic decline in auto sales forced bankruptcies upon General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) and Chrysler, while Ford Motor Company (NYSE:F) scraped by after taking out loans that totaled more than $23 billion. Reality immediately changed for executives of Detroit’s Big Three automakers; they realized that vehicle development couldn’t revolve only around SUVs and trucks. Since then, Ford has produced several successful small vehicles: the Fiesta, Focus, and Fusion.
Finally, General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) has the beginning of a big success story of its own in the 2014 Impala.
Consumer Reports magazine has been praising domestic automakers recently, which is a big improvement from decades past. It recently named GM’s 2014 Chevrolet Impala its top-ranking sedan; it’s the first time an American vehicle has held that spot in 20 years. Only the Tesla Model S and BMW 135i coupe have scored higher — and both come at a much higher cost than the Impala.
“The Impala’s performance is one more indicator of an emerging domestic renaissance,” Jake Fisher, director of Consumer Reports automotive testing, said in a statement, according to Detroit News.
General Motors Company (NYSE:GM)’s Impala also received the highest possible five-star overall vehicle score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s new-car assessment program.
“Safety is a key consideration for all car buyers, and Impala sets a new benchmark for Chevrolet’s flagship sedan,” said Gay Kent, General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) general director of vehicle safety and crashworthiness, in a GM press release. “The 2014 Chevrolet Impala is designed to provide excellent crash safety, and offers customers several safety technologies not previously available in Chevrolets.”
The 2014 Impala has an all new interior and exterior and packs enough technology and options with a competitive price to make a splash in the market. The interior has more front and rear legroom and hosts an 8-inch touchscreen with the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system. The Impala also has three powertrains that can deliver a range between performance and efficiency with a quieter ride on the interior to boot.