the work you did to the headlights is nice....i wish GM would trim them down the way you have, although it's still not an overly attractive front end. i don't find the back half to be overly appealing either.
I won't argue with the photochop - great job in making it seamlessly come together.
But I agree the rear looks too large too much overhang - less like the Impala - it reminds me a lot more of the Monte Carlo's rear end.
Now I'll argue what GM should do - although I think you nailed what they *would* do, if left to the Monte Carlo designers at Chevy.
I think it would look great if you Chevy Vega'd the rear end. Taper the rear from the c-pillar line down and give it a blunt taillight area - or use the rear from the Malibu MAXX.
Maybe it would just look better as a 2 door shortened Malibu Maxx - same wheelbase as the standard Malibu. A reflective panel on the rear hatch could read "Beretta".
I would buy a Malibu-variant like this. Hatch utility, coupe sportiness and reduced weight. All with the optional 200hp 3.5L V6. Nice. Of course it would need at least TAP shift, or a manual to even pretend to be sporty.
I don't think it looks that bad. If the door was a little longer, it wouldn't look out of proportion. GM doesn't really have a good coupe to compete with the Accord coupe-- the Monte Carlo just isn't the same.
Neat concept. GM needs to fix the front of the Malibu and this is a good attempt, just go farther, I don't like the grill or headlamps.
An alternative to the Accord coupe is needed by Chevy
The name Beretta needs to remain retired.
Malibu used to be offered as a coupe and sedan why not do it again?
What about a convertible version?
Pontiac is going to have a G6 convertible/hardtop why not a Chevy?
This concept will help GM achieve the sales volumes it expects out of Chevy.
If it is a coupe make it more aggressive, Honda and Toyota makes changes from the Accord sedan, Toyota Camry and Accord and Solara coupes so why can't Chevy? Cost is always important but appearance changes can be do cheap. The wheelbase is just an idea concepts don't have to be real.
I definitely like the idea of a hatchback "shortened Maxx" like Ming suggested. It would compete with (read: obliterate) the Mazda Protege3 like the existing Maxx will compete with the Protege5, etc. . .
I do think it's the longer deck that makes the rear overhang so bothersome.