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Bi-Fuel Chevy Impala Gas Tank Proves Toughness against Bullets and Fire Tests

bi-fuel Chevy Impala

2015 Chevy Impala

One version of the 2015 Chevrolet Impala comes with a very special feature: a bi-fuel gas tank that can run on both normal gasoline and also compressed natural gas (CNG). Obviously, a tank built to those specifications needs to be able to handle quite a lot—and this one does. Chevy recently tested the tank against both the force of bullets and the heat of a bonfire—and the tank came through the tests with flying colors.

In fact, the bi-fuel Chevy Impala gas tank should handle up to 3,600 PSI. “We designed this system for those ‘what if’ situations,” said Nichole Kraatz, Impala chief engineer. ”The customer shouldn’t even know it’s there. They shouldn’t even think about it. CNG should just be another fuel they use to power their vehicle.”

After passing the Penetration and Bonfire tests, the bi-fuel Chevy Impala is ready for action. It’s also a 2015 Green Car of the Year finalist right now, and we can’t wait to celebrate that eventual win here at College Chevrolet Buick. Come see us today to learn more about the Impala in all of its versions!

Bye-Bye Bench Seat

The front bench seat used to be a prominent fixture in a variety of automobiles, from the sedan to the pickup truck. But with the release of the 2014 Chevrolet Impala next year, the days of the front bench seat will disappear.  Chevrolet’s latest installment of the Impala is the last passenger car in production in North America to have an option for three-across front seating.

For many the front bench seat brings back fond memories from days that would be otherwise forgotten. GM director of design, Clay Dean states, “There is certain nostalgia for bench seats, like being able to snuggle up with your date at a drive-in movie, and some customers still like them.”

However, nostalgia aside, the need for six-passenger sedans has been largely reduced thanks to SUVs and crossovers, like the Chevy Equinox and Traverse.

While the front bench seat says farewell it may be more like see you later. Clay Dean doesn’t completely rule the possibility of a comeback, “You never know, we might see bench seats re-emerge someday, possibly in very small cars like the EN-V urban mobility concept vehicle, in which the feeling of open space may be very desirable.”

 

 

 

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