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Say goodbye to the bench seat in cars

USA Today -- When the 2013 Chevrolet Impala goes out of production to make way for a completely redesigned 2014, it will take with it an American classic -- the bench seat.

The Impala is the last car that has bench seats as an option.

When they finally go, gone will be the days when teenagers would squeeze in elbow to elbow. They will also lose the ability to stretch out or turn the front seat into a little love shack.

"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," GM Design Director Clay Dean says in a statement. "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 ...


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Submitted Oct 01, 2012 By: BurntOrange
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2012 11:48:37 PM

I got a front and back bench in my truck, but I for one won't miss the bench seats.. missing the drive-ins though.
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Hemiramrules
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Message Posted: Oct 5, 2012 7:29:44 AM


I miss the old bench seat & drive-ins! They both go together! I'm glad I still have one in my truck!
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2012 12:39:03 AM

Good idea.
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 9:25:09 PM

cut down on the number of riders
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bston
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 4:08:47 PM

I wish we'd looked into a bench seat option when we bought our last truck because I still like sitting next to my husband!
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85XJ
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 11:51:59 AM

A paragraph so nice, they had to use it twice... :)

GM, in noting the passing, said few buyers bought them anymore. Only one in 10 Impala buyers chose the $195 option last year on the LS and LT models.

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lcleveland
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 7:35:22 AM

old times....
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 7:26:45 AM

WHAT!!!
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matman01
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2012 6:02:38 AM

I never owned a car with a bench seat...so this is not sad to me in the least.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 11:51:40 PM

Just sad!!
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 11:13:24 PM

Miss my old Galaxie 500
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 11:12:45 PM

Lots of making out over...
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 11:12:27 PM

That's a shame...
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 11:11:36 PM

hey, remember when.......???
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 11:10:53 PM

Still have two trucks with bench seats, and if you need more room there is a bed in the back???
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VanIsleLes
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 11:10:51 PM

LOL I thought they were long gone too!
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I thought they were already gone.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 11:05:29 PM


I assume bench seats will still be used in trucks. I can seat 4 across in my pickup if everyone is slim and 5 across in my big truck with no problem. I would hate to have bucket seats in those vehicles. My wife and I take the pickup when we go to the drive-in.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 11:03:27 PM

bye bye
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 11:02:23 PM

well said SpankyMI
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J Eric
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:59:23 PM

So for all those nostalgic for bench seats, I say: "Go ride a bus."
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:57:53 PM

What's a "drive-in", @stopforgas? :)
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:56:42 PM

Mind telling us what any of that has to do with bench seats, @Lou08?
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:56:10 PM

I haven't seen them in cars for years.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:52:55 PM

Ok
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:52:54 PM

ok
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:52:45 PM

I thought they were gone long time ago.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:48:00 PM

If marketed corrected, the bench seat could easily remain...
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:47:34 PM

I didn't even know that any models had them in the last 10 years.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:43:42 PM

haven't seen one of those in years
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:43:31 PM

well all things have to come to an end at some point
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:42:47 PM

K
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:39:35 PM

No more snuggling up to my wife.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:35:46 PM

Times are changing
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:31:53 PM

Used to love those seats... drive ins, double dates, much fun!
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:31:30 PM

Some say,"bucket seats with console is a form of Birth-Control."
Of course I wouldn't know anything about such going ons, for shame!!! ;-)

[Edited by: Lou08 at 10/1/2012 11:35:17 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:31:30 PM

what's next?
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:31:21 PM

Absolutely un-American!
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:28:41 PM

Drive ins are gone and now the bench seat
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:26:40 PM

I haven't seen a bench seat in a car in years, I didn't know they were still available.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:26:16 PM

Here one day, gone the next.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:22:40 PM

Snuggle up.....LOL
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:20:29 PM

whatever...
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:19:59 PM

That's ok... Trucks still do.
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:19:14 PM

I have always hated bench seats.. There is no support and a whole bunch of other issues I don't like about them
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:17:45 PM

Bummer!!!
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:17:12 PM

Wow!!!
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:17:00 PM

There is always the back seat, except in a corvette and other two seater sports cars.
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i did not know that....
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2012 10:14:12 PM

what a loss
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