Who Is Still Buying the Old Chevy Impala?
Even though General Motors (NYSE:GM) is rolling out its 2014 Chevrolet Impala to much acclaim, there are some GM customers that are still interested in the older version of the vehicle causing the company to keep it in production for longer than normal.
The older Impala has proven highly popular for fleet sales, so GM has decided to keep producing it for fleet customers through 2016. Auto News reports that the 2011 model was supposed to be put out of production by 2014, but there’s still demand for it from rental agencies and government customers. Older versions of the Chevrolet Malibu and the Caprice Classic have also been kept in production for fleet customers in the past.
The move will keep production running at GM’s plant in Oshawa, Ontario. It was reported last week that the Oshawa plant would be kept open through 2016. GM had previously said the plant would be closed in June of next year, but demand for both the 2011 Impala and the Chevy Equinox has kept the doors of the Oshawa Assembly Plant open for now. The move also helps GM meet production demand required by the Canadian government after Ontario aided Washington in bailing the automaker out during the financial crisis.