Impala Leaping Out of NASCAR, Unnamed Model Taking Its Place
March 14, 2012
Here’s a big chunk of unexpected news for you; the boys over at Chevrolet announced yesterday that the Impala will be bowing out of the grid for the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. That’s certainly interesting given that the Impala has earned Chevrolet 79 wins since 2007 after the Monte Carlo went out of production. As Jim Campbell, vice president of Chevrolet Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, said in Chevrolet’s press release yesterday, “The Impala has been a critical part of Chevrolet’s success in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.”
That’s only the tip of the iceberg, though. When Chevrolet returns to NASCAR next year it says it “will be racing a vehicle based on a new nameplate to the brand’s lineup.” And like the recently redesigned Ford Fusion and Dodge Charger stock cars, Chevy says the new racecar will “closely resemble the production version.”
Monte Doran, a Chevrolet spokesperson, also mentioned that the new vehicle would specifically debut at the 2013 Daytona 500 and would be in production sometime during next year.
Evaluating the news at face value, it means Chevrolet won’t be racing the new Malibu and it certainly isn’t considering entering the Cruze. That means that either the Cadillac XTS-based next-gen Impala, which is set to debut next year, may be renamed or — fingers and toes crossed — the current rear-drive, police duty-only Caprice PPV will be repurposed for civilian buyers.
Sources: Chevrolet, Motor Trend, The Detroit News
Hit page 2 for Chevrolet's press release.
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