Talk:Chevrolet Impala

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I think I should explain my edits. The car in the picture is definitely a '68. The side marker light in the front fender is a giveaway--they became federal standard in '68. Also, my recollection is that the Car of the Year award for '77 was for the Caprice, not the Impala, and the Wiki COTY article supports this. RivGuySC 02:38, 9 Jul 2004 (UTC)


Needs an impala SS picture, the only living continuation of the Caprice Classic's body style. Thepcnerd 03:44, 30 September 2005 (UTC)

Full-size or mid-size?[edit]

Is the Impala classified as a full-size or a mid-size? I don't want to start an edit war, but the article says the Impala is a full-size, and Template:Chevrolet seems to show the Impala as a mid-size. --Kuroki Mio 2006 01:16, 4 December 2006 (UTC)

The W-body platform is a mid-size platform (assuming you're talking about the current one), so I think it should be mid-size (which may be contrary to prior statements I've made on the subject - I've learned more). Rmarquet 00:34, 5 December 2006 (UTC)
The EPA classifies the Impala as a "large" car, not mid-size. It doesn't matter if the platform itself was made for mid-size cars (K platform, anyone?). --ApolloBoy 00:55, 5 December 2006 (UTC)
I'd guess the Impala would be a "senior midsize", and the Malibu would be the "junior midsize (gotta love GM).", but that leaves Chevrolet with no full-size. --Sable232 01:11, 5 December 2006 (UTC)
Why is the Impala a "full-size" and the Monte Carlo a "mid-size" car? Shouldn't they both be the same? Furthermore, I have not been able to find any EPA listing the Impala as a "large" car. I have found several sources that classifiy the Impala as a "mid-size" car. [1] [www.autos.com/autos/car/midsize/2006/chevrolet/impala/ls] [2]. I've reverted the Impala back to mid-size. Please see Template talk: Chevrolet for more information. -HumanZoom 08:45, 6 December 2006 (UTC)
Better late than never. The EPA's reference to the Impala as a large car is here. Nowadays cars are classified by interior volume (passenger+cargo),[3] and the Impala's 124ft3 puts it outside the mid size class.
Yep, EPA still does list the Impala as a fullsize car. As it stands now the Impala's status is listed as mid size on some locations (this article, timeline) and full size in others (full size car article). Is there a standard for what source of classification (EPA vs 'other') we should be using on Wikipedia? Ayocee (talk) 05:37, 21 April 2008 (UTC)
The EPA link above appears to be broken (I'm getting a 404). Is there an alternate link? --Zippy (talk) 19:23, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
I actually just dropped in to say I'm adjusting the paragraph about the Impala's sales record. 1m in a year is only a record within the United States. Toyota sold 1.36m Corollas worldwide in 2005. --DeLarge 21:57, 27 March 2007 (UTC)
As alternates to the EPA, here are some sources that describe the size of the car: New York Times ("generally classified as a mid-size sedan, though it's large for that class, and nearly a full-size."], Automotive.com 2007 Chevrolet Impala Review ("mid-size"), Edmunds.com 2008 Impala Review ("medium-sized" in one para, "full-sized" in another), Edmunds.com Impala page ("full-size sedan").
I suggest we say that sources describe the new model as either mid-size or full-size and include cites (and possibly note the change in the definition of "full-size" between the 1990s and 2000s). --Zippy (talk) 19:37, 22 April 2008 (UTC)
Yes, it seems as if if the last few generations of Impalas straddled the not-so-distinct line between mid and fullsize. Edmunds classified it as a "large car," though most rental agencies I'm familiar with classify it as mid-size. (Then again, perhaps they base this distinction more on price than volume). That's a tricky one...not sure how to neatly note in the infobox that it's borderline between two statuses (best I can think of is comma sep. both, per the convention of literary/music genres). OhNoitsJamie Talk 00:07, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

EPA classifies even the 2000 Impala as a "large car" (what in effect we call the "fullsize car" here in Wikipedia). Therefore I believe the controversy should be put to an end - no generation of the Impala did not meet the requirements for inclusion in that class. Kind, PrinceGloria (talk) 04:02, 17 August 2009 (UTC)

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