Front Benches Take a Back Seat
By: Stevie Hoey
October 29, 2012 2:31 pm CT
The automobile is a memory maker. From drive-in movies to long road trips, your car took you places. Bench seats were once considered an American classic and came standard in Chevrolet sedans and trucks since 1911. They dominated the industry for decades and still bring back memories in vehicle owners. Today the front bench seat is on the verge of extinction.
The 2013 Chevrolet Impala is the last American passenger car in the industry to offer a front bench seat. With the modernization of vehicles, from center consoles to navigation systems, the front bench is being forced to take a back seat as consumers prefer the mobility and control of bucket seats.
For those who will miss the magic of the bench seat, fear not! James Bell, head of General Motors consumer affairs, suggests bench seats could make a future appearance in smaller cars.
For more information on the history of the bench seat, click here.
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