Wednesday, December 07, 2005

The Chevy HHR

What does everyone think of the new Chevrolet HHR, including the unveiling of 4 custom HHR designed and built in a 6 week build-off covered on TLC's RIDES, 4 shops were giving a stock HHR, Unique Performance, Darkside, YearOne and PTeaser Design. If completed on time, they each get a new Chevrolet SSR. Each one did something different including the adding a V8 engine or the ultimate tailgater.

Credit:from teaser design website

I watched the TLC's Rides episode on these four shops building and liked the Darkside, for the simple reason of they kept the 4 cyl and supercharged, plus added a custom sunroof and a custom sound system. Its something just about anyone can get installed on there HHR.

Final thought: the HHR looks just like the pt cruiser, but if it is designed like the first Chevy SUBURBAN, they should have added AWD or 4wd and not front wheel drive. Interesting, but I would buy one of the customized ones.

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Blogger J G Halmayr said...

I've finally seen one in person, and have to say I'm not impressed. It's not different enough from the PT Cruiser, and doesn't really give anyone a reason to choose it over it's competition. If it came out a year after the PT it might have had a chance, but coming out this late makes it seem like a cheap imitation that's going to get creamed if Chrysler updates the PT significantly. Why didn't GM take the HHR in it's own direction, keeping the retro flavor without xeroxing the PT? AS has been the case with GM the last 30 years, another case of too little too late.

5:49 PM  
Blogger Big Ford Fan said...

I haven't seen one yet, but from everything I've read and what I've seen on TV and online, the HHR is the PT Cruiser "only better."

Well, I don't know about better, but I personally think that this "me too" mobile from GM is a real shame. The PT Cruiser has been out for about 5 years and was a unique vehicle. Sure it was based on the Neon's mechanicals, but the styling, while very retro, was unique and fresh.

I think that GM showed up late to a party that nobody wanted to attend. PT Cruiser sales have been slowly declining, despite, new features and models, as well as freshened styling.

The automotive press, seems to be making much ado about nothing. And a few people think this will be the "must have" vehicle.

I'll pass. I'm only glad Ford didn't embarass itself by trying to haul out a version of their own.

8:48 PM  
Anonymous Croak said...

I think Chevy was hoping the HHR would be "riding the wave" of strong SSR sales, because hey, a retro underpowered truck with a folding hardtop and nearly 5000 pounds of curb weight was SURE to be a strong seller with the performance crowd. Right?

9:12 PM  
Blogger carscomblogger said...

I havent' spent much time in it. But because it is built off the cobalt platform it is better than the PT built off the neon platform. That is very significant.

Otherwise the looks to me don't matter. it's bascially the price and what you get for it. Lots of utility etc starting at $15K.

And the vibe and matrix are aging. they might need a modern version for pontiac to replace vibe and compete with caliber.

6:10 AM  
Blogger Dorri732 said...

I didn't think much of it either, but GM says it is selling better than expected. Like 3 times as many.

Maybe we don't know what Joe Public wants either.

Enough guessing and you're bound to get a hit sometimes.

7:33 AM  

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