The Impala’s demise could be attributed to the rapidly transforming automotive landscape of the past decade, General Motors’ new commitment to electric cars, and good old-fashioned corporate hatchet work.
In 2018, General Motors put out a press release stating that it was “accelerating transformation” by not only focusing on the future of electric cars but also by designating multiple production plants in the United States and Canada “unallocated” in 2019. Among those plants getting the boot was the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly where the Impala was made. But the Impala likely wouldn’t have stuck around too much longer, even if GM decided to keep the assembly line running. It was already discontinued twice before.
Among most American manufacturers, sedans are essentially a relic of the past. Ford axed most of its cars and hatchbacks back in 2018, and Stellantis, the parent company of Dodge and Chrysler, just sent the Chrysler 300 and both the Dodge Challenger and Charger to their demise this year. Chevy also decided to kill the Cruze, Sonic, and Volt in a similar time frame. And with the order set in stone, autoworkers finished the last Impala on February 27th, 2020, putting the final nail in the Impala’s coffin.