Chevy Lumina Z34 Virtually Comes Back to Life, Makes Malibu a Proud 2-Door Coupe

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Chevrolet stopped producing the sixth-generation Camaro late last year, and Dodge also ceased manufacturing the L-bodied Charger and Challenger in December 2023.
Naturally, there was some left-over stock for traditional fans to hold on to, but that hasn't stopped 'the last pony car standing' – aka the S650 seventh generation 2024 Ford Mustang – wiping the floor with the Chevrolet Camaro and the Dodge Challenger. Its 13,707 deliveries were miles away of 3,574 units for the Camaro, and the Challenger sold 9,737 examples.

Obviously, sports cars are slowly but steadily declining, but neither GM nor Stellantis can allow the Ford Motor Company to rule undefeated. The latter has opted for an eighth-generation Dodge Charger with the allure of a two-door fastback coupe or a four-door sedan and with both EV and ICE-powered powertrains. General Motors, meanwhile, is not in a hurry to bring back the Camaro, even though the corner office head honchos have reiterated the promise that it will eventually return in one form or the other.

Well, some people can't wait an eternity for GM to make up its corporate mind, of course. No worries, the imaginative realm of digital car content creators feels the exact same way – at least Jim, the virtual artist known as jlord8 on social media, loves messing around with all things CGI from GM, both old and new - or even in between, like the 1990s.

As such, he recently decided to bring back a potential substitute for the Camaro nameplate that would help it fend off the S650 Mustang and Hurricane-powered Dodge Charger in the interim. His first idea was to use the existing sixth-gen Camaro as a placeholder to revive the Beretta nameplate, more precisely, its Z/26 turbo format.

If that isn't to your liking or you think it might cost too much, he also came up with an alternate coupe proposal – a two-door version of the $25,100 Malibu mid-size sedan, the only classic passenger car left in Chevrolet's lineup alongside the C8 Corvette sports car. As a reminder, the Lumina moniker was first used in 1989 on a mid-size model presented as a two-door notchback coupe and four-door notchback sedan and offered in just two generations.

It replaced both the lesser-known Chevrolet Celebrity (despite its name) and the ultra-popular Chevrolet Monte Carlo in the lineup and was unrelated to the Chevrolet Lumina APV minivan while sharing components with other front-wheel-drive models from Buick, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac. Its second generation remained solely as a four-door as the two-door coupe brought back the Monte Carlo moniker and, in 2000, was succeeded by the Chevy Impala.

So, what do you think? Should Chevy bring back its lesser-known coupe nameplates for cheap two-door alternatives to the S650 Ford Mustang and the upcoming eighth-generation STLA Large-based Dodge Chargers?

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Editor's note: Gallery includes official images of Chevrolet Malibu and the artist's Beretta design project.

About the author: Aurel Niculescu
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Aurel has aimed high all his life (literally, at 16 he was flying gliders all by himself) so in 2006 he switched careers and got hired as a writer at his favorite magazine. Since then, his work has been published both by print and online outlets, most recently right here, on autoevolution.
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