Yes to both upper and lower trim name changes. Hopefully it won't be like Ford with the Five Hundred and Freestyle renaming to Taurus and Taurus X.The Cavalier might have been good basic transportation, but it was just that - basic. I can't see tarnishing the Cruze line with that name.
I'm not sure just who they're trying to appeal to with that name. I think Spark and Sonic is aimed at the younger set. I can only guess that Cavalier might be aimed at a older generation - or perhaps fleet sales. A "no frills" image probably sells well there.
Weren't they talking about a "L" trim Cruze? A step down from the LS? And weren't they changing the name of the LTZ? Was it Premier?
That would be a heck of a light car, lighter than the shoe-sized BMW 2002! It looks like they were ~2450 that year with the 4-banger.A 3.1L motor on a 1750 pound car with a 3-speed automatic could get moving pretty well.
GM really needs something to put themselves in the sporty compact niche, and they have been seriously falling behind in getting one out to compete with it. I really would like to see them release a roadster and a sporty little hatchback.Speculation in some articles is pointing at code 130 and 140 concept cars for this nameplate. At first it doesn't make sense because their both read drive, but we have a front drive four cylinder dart and a four door charger... So go figure... I'd love that 130 with a targa to make a miata competitor... But I dream.