Welcome to Ridiculous Rebadges, a series of articles in which I go through and examine the details and circumstances surrounding some of the more infamous and some of the more esoteric vehicular rebadges throughout automotive history.


The Chevy Cavalier is one of the most controversial cars in recent automotive history. Some argue that its simplicity and affordability make it the perfect daily driver, while others wouldn’t go near its plasticky interior and wheezy engine. On the other hand, however, we have the Toyota Corolla, a car known for its bulletproof reliability and upscale build quality. The NUMMI joint venture was a car plant in Fremont, CA (half hour drive from where I live and they now make Teslas...) where GM partnered with Toyota in order to attempt to combine domestic make and high quality small cars resulting in the Geo/Chevy Prizm. Less known is what Toyota got out of the deal. As a result of this venture, the Cavalier was shipped to Japan to be sold as a Toyota of the same name in order to skirt regulations on exports to the. Needless to say, the “high quality” GM Toyotas were not well received by the Japanese market, accustomed to precision built Hondas and Toyotas, thus few sold. However in recent years, the car has become a sort of inside joke around the interwebs, especially the prank where you visit a GM dealer and ask for part #22649423. Try it. Spoiler: you’ll get a Toyota badge.


Chevrolet Cavalier (Third Generation)

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[First two images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons]

[Third image courtesy of netcarshow]


Toyota Cavalier

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[First two images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons]

[Third image courtesy of catalogcars.net]


Sources:

[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chevrolet…]