An evening walk in central Copenhagen led to the discovery of this: a Chevrolet Impala.
I missed it as I walked within 5 metres of it but caught it as I walked back on the opposite side of the road. Chevrolet launched this version of the Impala in 2006 and it is still in production. It is based on the W-body which dates to 1986 though that platform has been revised a few times since then. It’s made in Canada and features a 3.5 litre V6 driving the front wheels. The grille is determinedly oblong, as characterless as a Fiat Croma II. I noticed the car had a column mounted gearchange but still had a huge centre console taking up the space for a third front seat.
From a design perspective, it’s uncompromisingly bland, not unlike the Toyota Camry I presume it competes with. It is a far cry from the elongated, dramatically steamlined style of the Caprice which is its immediate forerunner. That car carried off American style with a modern set of details whereas this vehicle has little entertainment to justify bothering with the problems that come with American car ownership.
Why is it there? The American embassy is near the photo location so I expect it’s a diplomatic import. A Buick from the same period offers more visual interest than this meaning a rather limited pool of future buyers should the owner choose to abandon it in Copenhagen.
A review here gives the car a qualified endorsement: as expected the car has a soft ride and plenty of power but the handling is ordinary. For a lot of people that might be all the car they need. One interesting point is that the car is described as a six seater, meaning that the centre console might be an option rather than standard. The photo above shows the vehicle without the centre console.