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Last Chevy Impala Rolls off Assembly Line in Michigan

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 2/28/2020 Joey Capparella
a yellow and black truck sitting on top of a car: GM's Detroit-Hamtramck plant says goodbye to the Impala sedan as it prepares for production of the GMC Hummer EV. © GM GM's Detroit-Hamtramck plant says goodbye to the Impala sedan as it prepares for production of the GMC Hummer EV.
  • Chevy produced the last Impala sedan yesterday at its Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Michigan.
  • GM announced in 2018 that the Impala would be ending production, along with several other passenger-car models including the Chevy Volt and Cruze, the Buick LaCrosse, and the Cadillac XTS and CT6.
  • The Detroit-Hamtramck plant will now be retooled to produce electric vehicles.

One of Chevrolet's most historic nameplates has reached the end of the line. The last Chevy Impala sedan rolled off the assembly line at GM's Detroit-Hamtramck plant in Michigan on February 27, marking the end of a lifespan that lasted more than 60 years. GM announced in 2018 that it would be dropping the Impala, along with several other passenger-car models, from its lineup. The Detroit-Hamtramck plant will now be retooled to produce electric vehicles including the upcoming GMC Hummer EV pickup truck.

The final car itself appears to be a 2020 Impala Premier in in Cajun Red Tintcoat. This outgoing tenth-generation Impala was introduced for the 2014 model year. It competed in the full-size sedan segment, which has seen dwindling numbers in recent years as competitors such as the Hyundai Azera, Ford Taurus, and GM's own Buick LaCrosse have also been discontinued.

A piece of paper taped to the hood of the Impala reads, "Farewell to the Chevy Impala, the last model of gas-driven vehicles at D-Ham." With the departure of the Impala and the Cadillac CT6 from the Detroit-Hamtramck production line, the plant will now be retooled to begin production of electric vehicles, including the upcoming GMC Hummer EV pickup that will be revealed in May 2020.

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