Making a case for the Monte Carlo

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    Making a case for the Monte Carlo

    I was going to post this a week ago but didn't have time. Now that the new Cruze has been shown, I had to bust this out real quick. It just makes sense.

    Heck, even call it the Cruze Monte Carlo (long, but rolls nicely. And I bet many wouldn't even say the word Cruze when mentioning it)

    What it should be: a 2 door version of the new Cruze. Cruze is the perfect car for it. Yes I know it's FWD but so were the last two generations. It needs to be FWD in order to separate it from the Camaro. The early 2000's Monte Carlo SS and Camaro base/RS models used the exact same engine. The difference, besides styling, was the Monte was offered with more luxury, and FWD. The Camaro was.. well a Camaro. Now that the new pony has all the luxury you could want, FWD vs RWD is really the only option. Plus, it'll help those of us in the north.

    But why bother?

    1)GM hasn't offered a cheap, fun to drive Coupe since the Cobalt. The vast majority of the one's I see on the road today are 2-Door, and many are SS's.

    2) NASCAR. Chevrolet dominates, and needs a replacement for the SS which is ending production. Between the Camry, Fusion, and SS, the Chevy is the only one that is RWD on the track and in real life. So "using" a 4-door, FWD car wouldn't be an issue (I personally hate it) but it is what it is. Camaro is raced in the XFINITY series against Mustangs/Challangers/Camry's. Impala is too high end to use. Malibu? Maybe. Bring in a 2-Door Cruze with some factory performance upgrades, and you'll have the only thing close to "win on Sunday, sell on Monday". If you pull up to a track today, you'll see many foreign cars. One's that get good gas mileage. And quite a few of the Monte Carlo's. Give fans something with good gas mileage that's fun to drive and won't break the bank, they'll buy it. So will a younger audience outside of the NASCAR world.


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    Re: Making a case for the Monte Carlo

    I live for coupes, but I would not buy THAT! (No offense to you skills)
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    Re: Making a case for the Monte Carlo

    Just let it go..... Unless GM makes a Monte Carlo CUV!.

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    Re: Making a case for the Monte Carlo

    I don't understand, why can't a 2 door Cruze just be called a Cruze coupe? Why make up something else. Same with the 2 door Impala threads. Neither need to be renamed Monte Carlo.

    The way to differentiate a Monte Carlo from a Camaro is as simple as the 2 cars themselves. The Monte Carlo would be considerably larger than the Camaro. 2 totally different buyers, 2 totally different cars.

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    Re: Making a case for the Monte Carlo

    Like the picture, but the front wheel wells should almost touch rhe Dog Leg, with more of an abrupt leading edge amost like a check mark that fell on it's nose, like Gen 2 and 3 Montes.

    Notch back not s

    Notched back not sloped back like 2,3 and most 4 Gen Monte's.

    Back cut off for a Montino. Or El Monte, or Monte EL?
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    Re: Making a case for the Monte Carlo

    Cruze coupe is needed and I like where you are going with this chop - but not as a Monte Carlo (that should be a Malibu 2 door) - maybe? haha
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    Re: Making a case for the Monte Carlo

    I love the idea of a Cruze coupe, but it's no Monte Carlo. I parked my car next to a family members Mazda 3... I felt like I could fit her whole sedan in the trunk of my Monte. The wheelbase of my car is the same as an Impala sedan. Needs to be big(ish) to be a Monte.


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    Re: Making a case for the Monte Carlo

    RWD fullsize Coupe....it would be a win.
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    Re: Making a case for the Monte Carlo

    Monte Carlo should not be Cruze sized. Build it off the Malibu platform if there isn't going to be a Cruze coupe and you want something most people can afford. Build it off Impala platform if you give it dramatic styling at a $40,000 price point.
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    Re: Making a case for the Monte Carlo

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    RWD fullsize Coupe....it would be a win.
    It would be a sale for me.
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    RWD fullsize Coupe....it would be a win.
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    Re: Making a case for the Monte Carlo

    The Cruze coupe is a nice idea...the Civic coupe could use some competition. However, the Monte Carlo should at least be based off the Mailbu (echoes of Accord Coupe), if not off of VF or Omega.
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    Re: Making a case for the Monte Carlo

    I'm all for a "Cruze coupe", but it should be just that IMO, a Cruze Coupe. A Monte Carlo would probably need to be based on the new Malibu or Impala, or obviously a RWD platform is ideal. Problem is, a Malibu-based Monte Carlo would be too much like the Camaro for some buyers. Sure you can go with sleek styling and would have a FWD platform since the Camaro won't likely offer AWD anytime soon, but given the market for coupes I don't know that it'd be "different enough" for consumers to have a whole separate niche. Then going up in size to an Impala based product you have something that I think is more significantly different, and the Impala makes a great basis for a gorgeously elegant large coupe. But then just calling it an Impala coupe, which probably has a name with more recognition than Monte Carlo and applicable history for being a coupe itself, makes even more sense. At that point you're left with an Alpha-or-whatever RWD coupe that's larger and more comfort oriented than the Camaro, but I think people would go more for a name like Chevelle or ironically Impala (again, in spite of being a totally different vehicle at that point).

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    Re: Making a case for the Monte Carlo

    I have owned a lot of two door coupes and truly love them. I just prefer the look of less doors it just something about the lines. Then I bought my Cruze and when I open all the 5 pieces of glass on a sunny day, I am living the high life. Coupes almost always have fixed glass in the back and the volume and control I have with a 4 door glass is dramatically better. One of the reasons I don't like convertibles is it’s all or nothing and the threat of pretending to become a lobster is just too high. That said if someone wants to try and change my mind I a very open to allowing someone to buy me one, anytime.
    I remember the last itineration of the Monte Carlo. Stick a whole lot of decals on it, paint it wild colours and put it on a race track and it was in its environment. On the street it just plain ugly, like scary bad.

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    Re: Making a case for the Monte Carlo

    Hell to the no. If the Monte Carlo is not equipped with a RWD LS* engine of some type, then why bother bringing it back? Chevy has enough of these FWD aluminium 4 & 6 cylinder POS on the road as is. IMO, Monte Carlo, Impala, Malibu, and Camaro should all be equipped with V8 engines. They have to get back to their roots, of RWD V8 muscle cars with raw HP.

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