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Chevrolet celebrates 50 years of Impala with the Commemorative Edition

Iconic brand present on the Canadian automotive walking for half a century, the Chevrolet Impala celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2008. For the occasion, the brand is launching a commemorative 50th Anniversary Edition from March 2008.

Just like the original 1958 edition, the 2008 Impala 50th Anniversary Edition is distinguished by a seal and exclusive amenities, offering guests a very special vehicle, designed in a spirit privileging driving pleasure characteristic of the Impala from a half-century.

"We are delighted to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Impala," stated Marc Comeau, vice-president, sales, after-sales and marketing for GM of Canada. "The Impala has always been synonymous with excellent value for money, performance and elegance. That is why it is so popular in Canada. "In addition, it is produced here in our factory in Oshawa Car Assembly awarded for its excellence. "

Impala 50th Anniversary Edition is based on the Impala LT, already well equipped, plus the unique equipment and following series:

· MSRP starting at $ 30,990

· FE3 Sport Suspension (replacing the FE1 Touring Suspension)

· Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with four wheels

· Alloy wheels 18 inch (replacing 17-inch wheels)

· Rear Spoiler

· Impala Emblem "50th Anniversary" on the back amount

· Seats Leather-trimmed two-tone logo and "50th" embroidered on the headrest of the front seats

· Siege of driver eight-way electric adjustment (replaces six-way adjustable)

· Steering wheel leather sheath with exposed stitching color (including audio controls)

· Carpet and floor mats ebony color with exposed seams

· Emblem "50th Anniversary" on the door sills

· Two colors outside upscale: Black Granite Metallic and Red Jewel tint

· System OnStar with Directions & Connections Plan including Turn-by-Turn Navigation not

The Impala is also equipped with series of tilting and folding rear seats, very practical: just switch the cushions forward to access a storage bin with lid under the seat, equipped with hooks for bags. It is possible to create a wide access road to the trunk by tilting the base of the seats forward and folding the records, a unique characteristic in the intermediate car segment.

Impala 50th Anniversary Edition is powered by a V6 3.5L engine, refined and efficient, consistent with the Joint E85, with a nominal output of 211 hp and a torque of 214 lb-ft. Mode entirely gasoline, Impala equipped 3.5 L engine consumes 11.3 L/100 km in the city and only 7.0 L/100 km on highway.

The history of the Impala

Launched in 1958 as a high-end version for the full size Bel Air, the Impala was an immediate commercial success. In 1959, she became a model in its own right, offering amenities and high-end performance, including a V8 engine 335 hp (250 kW) 5.7 L (348 inches?).

In the 1960s, the evolution of the Impala has followed that of the full-size platform Chevrolet. The range of models has widened to include cuts, sedans and convertibles - the first models are distinguished by a specific style rear, six taillights. Other full-size Chevrolet models had only four taillights.

In 1961, the Impala SS, focusing primarily on performance, made its entry on the market. It is now regarded as one of the true first American high performance cars, with power provided by a range of engines available standard or optional features, including the 409-inch V8, with a horsepower per inch cube. Only 142 SS models equipped engine 409 inch were built the first year, but the Impala with 409 motor would become the scourge of circuits across the country and even the subject of a popular song.

In 1965, full-size platform was redesigned and completely redesigned Impala. The elegance of the new design of the Impala aseduit customers. Over 1 million Impala were sold this year, it established a sales record remains uneven today.

New generations of Impala were sold in 1971 and 1977, the 1977 models with a "reduced" Impala, the most compact dimensions but still enjoying the same functionality release. Impala resized bears the mark until the 1980s, when it was renamed "Caprice".

The Impala is back in 1994, in its high performance version, the Impala SS, a powerhouse in the sinister look with the same high-performance powertrain and suspension components same as those of the vehicle group Caprice patrol. This model was a huge commercial success for three consecutive years and its sales fall only when the full-size platform has powered GM has arrived at the end of production.

After an interval of three years, the Impala is back on stage in 2000, based on the full-size front-wheel drive architecture Chevrolet. The seventh generation of the Impala has proved popular, but it is the most refined of the eighth generation model, launched in 2006, which experienced the greatest success.

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