This version traces its heritage back to the Chevrolet Celebrity turned Chevrolet Lumina, NOT the
original Monte Carlos. The book Chevrolet: The Complete History_ (copyright 1996 by Publications International, Ltd.)
notes on page 348: "With the new Lumina coupe and sedan effectively replacing their Celebrity counterparts...."
Furthermore, the Lumina shared almost nothing with the Monte Carlo; yet, shared
types (i.e. Eurosport), dashboards (generally "flat"), taillights (square/across
the back) and front-wheel drive with the Celebrity/Lumina.
In addition, the 1995-99 model lacks the Monte Carlo emblem (knights head/shield crest), script lettering (Celebrity/Lumina block lettering carried over) and the body side lines of previous generations. Lastly, if the 2-door 1995-99 version is a Monte Carlo, then the 4-door Lumina is a Monte Carlo as well; not enough differences between the 2 cars exist to warrant different nameplates. Unlike the former Chevrolet Beretta/Corsica tandem which are distinguishable at any angle from a distance, one is hard-pressed to distinguish a "monte carlo" from a Lumina from the front or rear at a distance.