Should Chevy keep old nameplates i.e Cavalier?

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    Should Chevy keep old nameplates i.e Cavalier?

    I was wondering do you think Chevrolet should keep old names, but put them on new cars? Should the Cobalt be renamed Cavalier? Or the TrailBlazer renamed Blazer? I was using these cars as examples so the topic is not limited to them.
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    Re: Should Chevy keep old nameplates i.e Cavalier?

    I voted don't care. Personally, I'd be happy if everyone went to alphanumeric names. :p

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    Re: Should Chevy keep old nameplates i.e Cavalier?

    yes, but not some of the examples you gave. Cavalier=bad image, but a name like Chevelle, or Camaro does not have that bad image (at least to their target audience) and names like Impala and Malibu are good also.
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    Re: Should Chevy keep old nameplates i.e Cavalier?

    Quote Originally Posted by jinushaun
    I voted don't care. Personally, I'd be happy if everyone went to alphanumeric names. :p
    Alphnumeric names? You must love the new Cadillac names. Personally I think a car luxury or not should have a name instead of 356. AA or something.

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    Re: Should Chevy keep old nameplates i.e Cavalier?

    Quote Originally Posted by griswold44
    Alphnumeric names? You must love the new Cadillac names. Personally I think a car luxury or not should have a name instead of 356. AA or something.
    Short, concise, and to the point. Simplicity.

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    Re: Should Chevy keep old nameplates i.e Cavalier?

    Quote Originally Posted by jinushaun
    Short, concise, and to the point. Simplicity.
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    Re: Should Chevy keep old nameplates i.e Cavalier?

    Quote Originally Posted by 86fleet
    Fleetwood- 2 sylibles
    STS- 3 sylibles
    Which is really shorter?
    Good point. Lol SRX = SREX ; SRS = SARS

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    Re: Should Chevy keep old nameplates i.e Cavalier?

    Quote Originally Posted by 86fleet
    Fleetwood- 2 sylibles
    STS- 3 sylibles
    Which is really shorter?
    Not about syllables. It's more about how much information stored in just 4-5 letters.

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    540h = 5 series with 4.0 litre hydrogen engine, sedan bodystyle

    Since 5 > 3, maybe the 5 series is bigger than the 3. Logically, one would assume the 7 series is bigger than the 3 and the 5. You know where things are in the hierarchy just by knowing their name.

    And whinging about it being confusing or not memorable is a horrible argument. Anyone can learn the names, just like one learned the alphabet or any new word/name. And it's not like they're random latters--there's a method to the madness. As for not being memorable... I don't know about you, but GT-R, RX-7, F1, M3, M5, F-150, Z28, Z06, etc are all pretty memorable to me.

    The only valid argument I can see is that, yes, alphanumeric naming schemes is a bit cold and emotionless. However, I think it's a fair trade. As Shakespeare so eloquently wrote:

    "What's in a name? That which we call a rose
    By any other word would smell as sweet.
    The actual name doesn't matter, it's the product. We'll eventually learn to love them, just like we love Z06.

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    Re: Should Chevy keep old nameplates i.e Cavalier?

    I like the name cavalier...too bad it's image was ruined
    lol my dad called our cavalier a ****************box today!
    Well the interior atleast..he doesnt mind anything else..
    he lieks the buick because it's 'a car'
    this convo sparked when we saw a roadmaster on the high way and he said 'now thats a car' I said "why do you think that? just by looking at it?"
    he said how its a nice big comforatable car with punch etc etc....
    and he's right, he said it doesnt feel like your in a ****************box when your drivign it..because it is nice and comfy..and not cheap ass black plastics..

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    Re: Should Chevy keep old nameplates i.e Cavalier?

    While I liked the name Cavalier, as someone else said, it tended to have a bad image. So, Cobalt is a good name for the new "Cavalier"....

    I also think that Colorado is a better than than S-10 ... Colorado just has a different flair, imho....

    On the other hand, I'm not a big fan of having the old names on different cars (i.e. old Monte Carlo, Malibu, Impala = RWD and new monte carlo, malibu, impala = FWD).

    *shrugs*

    So, I didn't vote...not because I don't care, but because it, to me, depends on the situation.....


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    Re: Should Chevy keep old nameplates i.e Cavalier?

    Quote Originally Posted by knightfan26917
    While I liked the name Cavalier, as someone else said, it tended to have a bad image. So, Cobalt is a good name for the new "Cavalier"....

    I also think that Colorado is a better than than S-10 ... Colorado just has a different flair, imho....

    On the other hand, I'm not a big fan of having the old names on different cars (i.e. old Monte Carlo, Malibu, Impala = RWD and new monte carlo, malibu, impala = FWD).

    *shrugs*

    So, I didn't vote...not because I don't care, but because it, to me, depends on the situation.....


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    Re: Should Chevy keep old nameplates i.e Cavalier?

    Yes and No, Cavilier-definately not Bel Air-definately It all depends on the names history.

    Humm, I wounder how Oldsmobile would work.

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    Re: Should Chevy keep old nameplates i.e Cavalier?

    Hmmm... wonder what XR4Ti meant, for Merkur... X-ceptional, Really-fast, 4 you, Turbocharged, Individualistic? That's a mouthful! I like a real name, but I wouldn't not buy a car because it was an letter/number combo.
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    Let's bring back the Vega as a tribute to DeLorean!
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    Re: Should Chevy keep old nameplates i.e Cavalier?

    Quote Originally Posted by 86fleet
    yes, but not some of the examples you gave. Cavalier=bad image, but a name like Chevelle, or Camaro does not have that bad image (at least to their target audience) and names like Impala and Malibu are good also.
    Agreed here. Certain names invoke a negative image to GM's standing and quality. While I like the Cavalier, the Cobalt is too good to deny. Impala and Corvette are mainstays. Malibu, Monte Carlo etc could change but I think they are both keepers. Cars that need massive improvements (i.e. Cavalier to Cobalt) are the kind that should be dropped where as Impala and Corvette are kept but you keep building on the car itself.
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