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Discussion in 'After Hours Lounge (Off Topic)' started by Peter Kline, Aug 8, 2003.

  1. Peter Kline

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    Chevrolet plans to introduce the SSR, left, and the HHR, center, with a design similar to that of the 1949 Chevrolet Suburban, right. Officials said the HHR was expected to compete with the Chrysler PT Cruiser, which also has a retro look.


    Story here.
     
  2. DaveBB

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    I knew the SSR was coming out soon, but hadn't heard about the HHR. Will they use an existing frame/underbody or create a new one? If they use an existing one: which one will they use?
     
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    The article requires a NY Times login. (It's free.)

     
  4. David Preston

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    I kinda like the SSR and never heard of the HHR. I hope Chevy wakes up and puts some more power in their line up. I wish that SSR would have close to 400hp. Then it would be more appealing.
     
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    You know, it's funny how in the Fifties, nobody was deliberately building cars that looked like they did back at the turn of the century. Yet that's exactly what our manufacturers are doing now. Are we completely out of new ideas that don't involve rounding a few more edges and raising door-sill heights a few more centimeters per year?
     
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    The Cavalier platform (dates back to '82!) is finally going away, this should be the last year for it. GM is practically giving Cavs away right now.
     
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    Looks ugly to me.[​IMG]
     
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    Well I wasn't aware it was that heavy either. So let's make it 500hp. Dodge will have a 500hp truck this year and I think the Ford Lightning will have 500 next year. So we can hope Chevy sees this.
     
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    All these crazy Corvette horsepower numbers... I'll be surprised if this thing has over 350hp.
     
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    Competing with the PT Cruiser... Aren't they a little slow out of the gate ? The PT Cruiser seems ancient in this world of ever-changing styles - wonder how the PT's sale numbers are....

    Gee - maybe GM will come out with a minivan next [​IMG]
     
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    "I hope they don't use the Cavalier base: that thing is ancient." Yeah, and it's not like GM to reuse crap for 30-40 years!!

    I guess it's the best way to keep cost down. Stick to Honda engines and you should be happy(the Solstice comes to mind).

    Brent
     
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    Um, the Solstice was designed with the Ecotec 2.2 engine in mind, and yes GM SHOULD build it[​IMG]
     
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    I was told the engine was a modified S2000 engine!!

    Brent
     
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    Probably because the proposed horsepower is the same both 240 but the solstice would get its power from a supercharged ecotec. Since it is supercharged it will be a more hearty 240hp, due to the higher torque.
     
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    I wish they would bring back the 1970 Chevelle. Exact same body and interior styling but all the gadgets and gizmos can be modern. I know it's wishful thinking. Why would they do anything like that when they can't even give us a V8 rear wheel drive Impala SS?

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    Indeed there was a 1949 Suburban. After the Second World War, "suburbia" began in ernest as GI's came home and received Federal loans (the GI Bill) to build houses and move out of the cities. Here's a site that sells parts for the car!
     

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