Fleet-Only Chevrolet Impala Extended To 2016

General Motors will continue producing its Chevrolet Impala Limited for fleet buyers through the 2016 model-year, as it rolls out the revamped 2014 Impala for retail customers.

The Impala Limited will be offered to rental, corporate, and government fleet customers, the automaker has confirmed to Automotive Fleet. GM decided to continue producing the earlier-generation Impala Limited at its Oshawa, Ontario, plant in Canada. The plant also produces the Camaro and Equinox.

The automaker expects no delays in ordering or delivery of the vehicle, said a GM spokesperson.

The Impala Limited is the second-most registered fleet vehicle behind only the Ford F-Series pickup, according to the 2013-14 Automotive Fleet Fact Book. In calendar-year 2012, there were 137,601 Impalas registered for fleet use compared with 160,744 F-Series trucks.

Of the fleet Impalas registered in 2012, rental operators rolled out 115,880; commercial fleets added 13,356; and government buyers registered 8,365. In 2012, 78.3 percent of Impalas sold went to fleet customers. GM sold 38,104 retail Impalas.

Among commercial users, the Impala Limited has found favor with pharmaceutical and sales fleets. Law enforcement agencies such as the Philadelphia Police Department and the NYPD have long issued the police Impala Limited to their officers.

For the 2014 model year, GM redesigned the Impala after producing the ninth-generation 9C1 and 9C3 of the vehicle for eight model years. The automaker hopes to see 70 percent of 10th-generation Impala sales go to retail buyers.

Comments

  1. JBaez [ November 7, 2013 @ 07:01AM ]

    Chevrolet shouldn't employ the term "Limited", which is historically related to Buick and usually meant "more luxurious/top of the line". It will confuse both traditionalists and younger generations.

  2. Miguel Diaz [ March 5, 2014 @ 04:22PM ]

    This is why GM had to be bailed out by the government. There's no reason to have a retail Impala, a fleet Impala, and a Caprice. Pick a model and go with it.

  3. Chuck Brand [ February 13, 2015 @ 07:23AM ]

    While the Buick reference for "Limited" is tenuous at best, I would have expected Chevy to go with "Classic" as the tag for the ongoing last-gen Impala. That's been their go-to for prior extensions of models for fleet service.

    As for the various Impala and Caprice models, it kind of makes sense in this case. If you will remember, Ford had a similar situation a few years ago with the Taurus/Crown Vic/500 models. Each has it's own customer base and the vehicles are tailored to those customers.

    Folks buying a family car avoided the rather bland last gen Impala pretty regularly on the retail market, while the above mentioned fleets appreciated it's reliability, and Neither of these two groups need or want the V8 RWD drivetrain of the Caprice. The new Chevy SS will always be a niche car, like the Corvette.

    While I've been extremely critical of GM and their model proliferation in the past, this one actually makes some sense...

  4. voiceofstl [ June 20, 2015 @ 12:48AM ]

    They are the best deals on the used car market.

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