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Ending An Era: Chevrolet Impala Production Ends

Ending An Era: Chevrolet Impala Production Ends

Mark the day. On February 27, 2020 the last Chevrolet Impala exited the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant, effectively closing the chapter on one of the longest-running nameplates in automotive.

We knew the end was coming. Actually, Impala production was supposed to halt two other times in the last year, but GM kept giving it a reprieve. However, The Detroit News reports the assembly line at D-Ham has gone quiet, with Impala and Cadillac CT6 production officially over.

GM is closing the metro Detroit assembly plant for several months to retool it for production of battery-electric vehicles. Specifically, this plant will build a lineup of SUV’s and trucks, including the confirmed GMC Hummer EV pickup that GM is already teasing. The plant’s original fate prior to a new union deal inked late last year was permanent closure, so the small break is much more palatable for its workforce.

It’s entirely unknown if there’s any sort of future for the Impala nameplate at Chevy. Given the global shift away from sedans and towards utility vehicles, if there is a future for it, it’s likely a long way off. Though it is worth mentioning this isn’t the first time the Impala name has been axed, only to return again.


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AutoVerdict Senior Editor Nick Saporito began writing about cars at age 13. Nick ran a couple of automotive enthusiast sites for several years, before taking some time off to focus on his career and education. By day he's a marketing executive in the telecom world and by night he hangs out here at AV. You'll find him focusing on tech, design and the industry's future.
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  1. Mar 2, 2020 at 11:28 pm

    I’m surprised Gm didn’t soak this one and kept it in production for another 10 years and call it limited or collection. Lol

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  1. carnut
    I might just have to shed a tear :(
    I've had two - a 2003 and 2012. 0 complaints about either. In fact, my 2012 came with the 310hp 3.6 and a 6 speed and with an engine tune is pretty peppy. Honestly an AWD variant with the TTV6 was a missed opportunity on this or rebadging the Commodore and offering AWD. Sad day for an historic nameplate...hope it never becomes an SUV name
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