Chrysler is bankrupt, General Motors appears to be close, and all anyone can think about is how much they're taking in loans that will never be repaid. But along the way, we're losing icons - like the Impala SS, which won't be returning for the 2010 model year.
Admittedly, the Impala is an aging car on a not-quite-modern platform, but it's a nameplate that carries a history that many people identify with. Along with the Impala SS, the Cobalt SS Sedan will also be taking a permanent retirement for 2010.
The cancellations, revealed through GM's online ordering guide and caught by the fans at GM Inside News, are being assumed because there are no order codes for either the Impala SS or Cobalt SS Sedan for the 2010 model year. The Cobalt SS Coupe is still available, however.
With all that's going on both in the public eye and behind the scenes at GM, it's not really a surprise, but on the flip side, GM hasn't announced the deaths of either car yet. Still, it's likely a business decision based on order and sales figures, so it's hard to argue that GM is abandoning its fans - if the cars were selling, they'd probably still be available.