Allow me to admit that I've become somewhat jaded regarding model names that marketers and management dream up. Consider "Monte Carlo." A few people might associate it with the Monaco Grand Prix race, even though Chevy Monte Carlos were coupes and not Formula 1 race cars. If those Chevrolet people were hoping to come up with a name with sporting associations, then more potential buyers might associate "Monte Carlo" with the Monte Carlo Rally, though
The Monte Carlo launched for the 2000 model year was based on the same platform as Chevrolet's Impala sedan. It featured a curiously short, cramped-looking passenger compartment and, when viewed from certain angles, a pronounced bustle-back trunk. I always considered this Monte Carlo variation awkward-looking.
Given General Motors' increasingly precarious financial position around 2000, the tooling differences between the Impala and Monte Carlo seem to me surprisingly large for a car that had been selling at the rate of around 70,000 units per model year. However, total production was around 380,000, about the same as for the fifth-generation Monte Carlo, so perhaps tooling costs were amortized over the entire production run.
It will be interesting to see if Chevrolet ever revives the Monte Carlo model name.