At the 2005 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show, Chevrolet unveiled the production model of the 2006 HHR, a unique vehicle that combines styling and interior adaptability to create a vehicle suited to all lifestyles.
The HHR with its high roof has a distinct design that fuses elements of the 1949 Chevy Suburban - the original utility vehicle - and the SSR roadster. It is built on the same solid platform as the new Chevy Cobalt.
The four-door vehicle features a rear touch-pad liftgate. The HHR features deep-draw, flared fenders which tuck in at the rockers for a solid, firmly-planted stance. A one-piece, stamped metal hood is reminiscent of the 49 Suburbans heritage. Stamped door and window appearances with a one-piece wraparound molding contribute to the clean, detailed design and are uncommon in contemporary vehicles. The HHRs rear window is flush with the body side.
With its overall length of 4472 mm and a cargo capacity of approximately 1787 liters, the five-passenger HHR has easy-to-maneuver dimensions and room for just about any lifestyle interest. Its reconfigurable interior with clever storage solutions accommodates everything from groceries to surfboards.
HHR comes powered by a choice of two Ecotec four cylinder all aluminum engines. The 2.2L is rated at 140 horsepower (104 kW) and 207 Nm of torque. The Ecotec 2.4L delivers 170 horsepower (126 kW) and 235 Nm of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard and an electronically controlled four-speed automatic is available in all models.
HHR rounds out Chevrolets small-car strategy that began last year with the successful Aveo - a vehicle which recently claimed the leadership position in its segment after just nine months on the market - and continues this year with Cobalt. The HHR will be available in the second half of 2005.
General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world?s largest vehicle manufacturer, employs about 325,000 people globally. Founded in 1908, GM has been the global automotive sales leader since 1931. GM today has manufacturing operations in 32 countries and its vehicles are sold in 192 countries. In 2003, GM sold nearly 8.6 million cars and trucks, about 15 percent of the global vehicle market. GMs global headquarters are at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit.