: Chevy HHR SS confirmed



Blackout
11-08-06, 04:31 PM
11/8/2006
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TSKIOT BLOG - - The Chevy HHR has been quite the sleeper hit for General Motors. Through September, 85,662 units of the High Heritage Roof retro wagon have been sold, with sales up over 14% so far this year over last. That still puts the HHR about 20,000 units behind its direct competitor, the Chrysler PT Cruiser, but sales of that model are up only 5%. And General Motors is capitalizing on the HHR by introducing new variants for consumers to consider. The HHR Panel (http://www.autoblog.com/2006/10/06/chevy-introduces-hhr-panel/) was recently announced for production, and what we?ve all come to expect, a high performance SS model, has been confirmed. Cheryl Catton, director of car marketing and retail integration for Chevy, told Automotive News at the South Florida International Auto Show that the HHR SS gives buyers, ?one more option to think about when they walk in.?


SS models in the General?s portfolio are a curious lot that includes the Trailblazer SS, Impala SS, Monte Carlo SS, Malibu Maxx SS and Cobalt SS and SS Supercharged. Each offers performance above and beyond their more mainstream counterparts, though many believe affixing an SS badge to models that are four-fifths true performers has diluted the Super Sport moniker. Regardless, the HHR SS is expected to use the Pontiac Solstice GXP?s direct-injected turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 260 hp, which, along with extensive tuning in Germany on the Nurburgring, should add up to an interesting HHR, indeed.


[Source: Automotive News - sub. Required]

EcSTSatic
11-08-06, 04:55 PM
From Ugly to Ugly SS. Even though it works, I think it was a bad idea to rip off the PT Cruiser. As they say, "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". Another feather in the Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge cap. What next in the oneupmanship, a PT R/T?

Blackout
11-08-06, 04:58 PM
From Ugly to Ugly SS. Even though it works, I think it was a bad idea to rip off the PT Cruiser. As they say, "imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". Another feather in the Chrysler/Plymouth/Dodge cap. What next in the oneupmanship, a PT R/T?Well since the PT Cruiser has/had (i dunno if its still an option or not anymore) the GT model and that used the same motor as the SRT-4 in it so it basically was a undercover SRT version.

CVP33
11-08-06, 07:59 PM
My son got the HHR. Great vehicle for the money. I much prefer it to the more feminine PT Cruiser. And yeah, the HHR is a complete rip off of the PT no matter how hard GM tries to claim the design as a Suburban throw back. As for an SS model, should be interesting. Kind of a top heavy vehicle to be throwing around, but if they got the Trailblazer to handle, GM will soon have the HHR cutting apexes.

Rolex
11-08-06, 08:03 PM
http://www.ar15.com/images/smilies/smiley_nosmile.gif (javascript:insertText('[:|]');) or maybe http://www.ar15.com/images/smilies/smiley_thinking.gif (javascript:insertText('[:/]');).





That is all.

Slywun
11-08-06, 10:28 PM
Great vehicle for the money.

Agreed, maybe not the best looking but better than alternates. Functional, purposeful and now a great warranty. Definitely would choose over the Scion, Element, and for the money the PT Cruiser too.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
11-08-06, 11:44 PM
That's just redundant. Chevy is putting the SS label on too many cars. It'll just water down the SS nameplate.

dp102288
11-09-06, 10:02 AM
^^ Agree. It used to be that SS was just a few select cars. Now the Cobalt to the Trailblazer has it.

AznPrydeRegalRyde
11-09-06, 10:02 AM
I've got one and I love it. Its the only one in its class I could see myself driving. And Ive got 2 dogs over 150 lbs that fit in the back comfortably and the ride and drive is fine with them in there.

AznPrydeRegalRyde
11-09-06, 10:07 AM
That's just redundant. Chevy is putting the SS label on too many cars. It'll just water down the SS nameplate.While I agree that the nameplate can get overused, I beleive every model using the SS name deserves it.

Slywun
11-09-06, 08:33 PM
There were actually a lot of car (models) back then that had the SS designation;
El Camino, Camaro, Impala, Chevelle, Nova, Monte Carlo, Malibu. While many were performance packages, some were nothing more than special trim, bucket seats, updated instrumentation, and a 'deluxe' steering wheel.