Okay, the two may not be rivals in any traditional sense, but remember all the fuss Ford made about how the 2011 Mustang V-6 was the first car to top both 30 mpg and 300 horsepower? Well, Chevrolet has now pulled off a similar trick with the '12 Impala. We've known the big sedan will holster GM's proven direct-injected 3.6-liter V-6 and six-speed autobox for a while, but we're now getting details on the engine's numbers and it appears the bottom line will be 302 horsepower and 30 mpg highway. Combine that with a reported starting price of $25,645, and you've got what should be a very worthwhile package for drivers who don't necessarily need gadgetry and engineering that's right on ye olde cutting edge.
Thus, while I normally don't like covering the same topic and/or brand in back-to-back columns, that's exactly what I'm going to do here by once again using the experience of GM's Bow-tie brand to illustrate the ongoing demand and/or opportunities available for retail sales of affordable basic transportation: My basic proposal being that GM could/should keep selling some of its previous-generation vehicles as "Classic" models to fill this role.