We, Chevrolet Monte Carlo owners and enthusiasts of all locations and
races, hereby request that the Chevrolet Motor Division and General Motors
design, create, manufacture and sell a new generation of Monte Carlos that
adhere to characteristics of the original 4 Monte Carlo generations, including
rear-wheel drive, V8 engine, side bodylines, (cursive) lettering and the
knight crest emblem. While the resurrection of the Monte Carlo nameplate in
1995 after a seven-year absence helped put the car back in the spotlight,
the 1995-99 models and, to some extent, the 2000-present edition fall short
of living up to the Monte Carlo nameplate.
With the re-design of the Lumina beginning with the 1995 model year,
the coupe version was re-named "Monte Carlo", but continued with mostly
Celebrity/Lumina characteristics. We are aware that the Lumina
replaced the Celebrity in 1990, not the Monte Carlo, despite the Lumina replacing
the Monte Carlo in the NASCAR circuit. This is according to the book
_Chevrolet: The Complete History_ (copyright 1996 by Publications International
LTD) which states, in part, on page 348: "With the new Lumina coupe and
sedan effectively replacing their Celebrity counterparts...". The Lumina
shared types (Eurosport), dashboards (relatively flat), tail lights (square,
across the back), FWD, and block lettering with the Celebrity...nothing with
the Monte Carlo, which had been Chevrolet's #1 seller before it's demise
after the 1988 model year.
We credit Chevrolet/GM with attempting to bring back the "Monte Carlo"
feel with the 2000-present edition, which included the return of the knight
emblem and body sidelines that were characteristic of the original 4 Monte
Carlo generations. However, we have been disappointed by the lack of V8
power and RWD, which were also characteristics of the original 4 generations.
While we acknowledge the changing demands of the American Auto Buyer, the
inclusion of V8 engine (for which GM is famous) and RWD on the next generation Monte
Carlo would continue Chevrolet's tradition of producing distinctive,
high-quality examples of American craftsmanship.
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