Chevrolet HHR

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Chevrolet HHR
2007 Chevrolet HHR 2LT Special Edition in Cappuccino Frost
ManufacturerChevrolet
Parent companyGeneral Motors
Production2005–present
AssemblyRamos Arizpe, Mexico
PredecessorChevrolet Zafira (in Mexico)
ClassCompact
Body style(s)4-door wagon[1][2]
4-door panel van
LayoutFF layout
PlatformGM Delta platform
Engine(s)2.2 L (130 cu in) Ecotec L61 I4
2.4 L (150 cu in) Ecotec LE5 I4
2.0 L (120 cu in) I4 turbocharged Ecotec LNF
Transmission(s)5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase2,630 mm (104 in)
Length4,475 mm (176.2 in)
SS: 176.5 in (4,480 mm)
Width1,755 mm (69.1 in)
Height1,605 mm (63.2 in)
SS: 62.5 in (1,590 mm)
RelatedChevrolet Cobalt
Pontiac G5
Opel/Saturn Astra
DesignerBryan Nesbitt

The Chevrolet HHR (for Heritage High Roof) is a small retro-styled compact station wagon[1][2] launched by the Chevrolet division of American automaker General Motors at the 2005 Los Angeles Auto Show as a 2006 model. Designed to slot below the Equinox, it shares the GM Delta platform with the Chevrolet Cobalt, Pontiac G5, Saturn Ion, and Saturn Astra. In Mexico, it's sold alongside its predecessor, the Opel-sourced Chevrolet Zafira compact MPV.

Design

The vehicle's design is inspired by the mid-1940s Chevrolet cars and trucks, specifically the 1949 Chevrolet Suburban, with large, square fender flares and a hemispherical grille. The design of the HHR has been credited to Bryan Nesbitt who was a former designer at Chrysler where he was the lead designer of the Chrysler PT Cruiser.

Chevrolet HHR Panel LT

Nesbitt was recruited by GM to join its design staff and served for a time as the chief designer of the Chevrolet brand. The HHR has a large cargo-carrying capacity for a car of its size with 57.7 cubic feet in the passenger version and 62.7 cubic feet in the panel. It has a flat-load floor and fold-flat front passenger seat. For the 2007 model year, it's available in four trim levels; LS, LT, 2LT, and Special Edition. A panel van variant was also made available in 2007 for only the LT trim and became available on all trim levels in 2008.

2007 Chevrolet HHR 2LT Special Edition

Assembly and sales

The HHR is assembled in Ramos Arizpe, Mexico and is available for sale throughout North America. The HHR is also imported to Japan by way of the motor vehicles business unit of Mitsui.[3] First year sales exceeded 93,000 through June 2006.

SS Turbocharged

2008 Chevrolet HHR SS Turbocharged

In October 2006, Cheryl Catton, director of car marketing and retail integration for Chevy, confirmed that a high performance variant of the HHR would be built.[4] The vehicle was expected to be released with SS moniker for the 2008 model year and use the Ecotec LNF turbocharged engine found in the Pontiac Solstice GXP and Saturn Sky Red Line. The vehicle had been photographed testing by a spy photographer several times since June 2006.[5][6][7] Digital scans of the HHR SS Turbocharged dealer brochure were leaked on a fan forum site on 13 July, 2007 before any official announcement.[8]

On 16 August, 2007, Chevrolet officially revealed the 2008 Chevrolet HHR SS Turbocharged at the Woodward Dream Cruise in Birmingham.[9][10] It was introduced as a 2008 model in fall 2007. The SS Turbocharged features a 2.0 L (120 cu in) turbocharged Ecotec LNF I4 engine and intercooler that produces 260 bhp (190 kW) (235 bhp (175 kW) with the optional 4-speed automatic), race-tuned high-performance suspension, five-speed manual transmission with short-throw shifter, standard four-wheel antilock disc brakes, ground effects with unique front and rear fascias, aggressive black cross-mesh grille, liftgate-mounted aero spoiler, an analog A-pillar-mounted titanium boost gauge, leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted audio controls, and unique 18 in (460 mm) high-polished aluminum wheels.

Chevrolet also introduced the HHR SS Panel Concept on 30 October 2007 at the 2007 SEMA Show.[11][12] This was made into a production model for the 2009 model year.

Engines


Year Trim Engine Power Torque EPA (2008) City EPA (2008) HW EPA (2008) Comb.
2006 LS/LT 2.2 L (130 cu in) Ecotec L61 I4 143 bhp (107 kW) 150 ft·lbf (200 N·m) 21 mpg-US (11 L/100 km; 25 mpg-imp) 28 mpg-US (8.4 L/100 km; 34 mpg-imp) 23 mpg-US (10 L/100 km; 28 mpg-imp)
LT/2LT 2.4 L (150 cu in) Ecotec LE5 I4 172 bhp (128 kW) 162 ft·lbf (220 N·m) 20 mpg-US (12 L/100 km; 24 mpg-imp) 28 mpg-US (8.4 L/100 km; 34 mpg-imp) 23 mpg-US (10 L/100 km; 28 mpg-imp)
2007 LS/LT 2.2 L (130 cu in) Ecotec L61 I4 149 hp (111 kW) 152 ft·lbf (206 N·m) 20 mpg-US (12 L/100 km; 24 mpg-imp) 28 mpg-US (8.4 L/100 km; 34 mpg-imp) 23 mpg-US (10 L/100 km; 28 mpg-imp)
LS/2LT 2.4 L (150 cu in) Ecotec LE5 I4 175 bhp (130 kW) 165 ft·lbf (224 N·m) 21 mpg-US (11 L/100 km; 25 mpg-imp) 28 mpg-US (8.4 L/100 km; 34 mpg-imp) 23 mpg-US (10 L/100 km; 28 mpg-imp)
2008 LS/LT 2.2 L (130 cu in) Ecotec L61 I4 149 hp (111 kW) 152 ft·lbf (206 N·m) 22 mpg-US (11 L/100 km; 26 mpg-imp) 30 mpg-US (7.8 L/100 km; 36 mpg-imp) 25 mpg-US (9.4 L/100 km; 30 mpg-imp)
LT/2LT 2.4 L (150 cu in) Ecotec LE5 I4 172 bhp (128 kW) 167 ft·lbf (226 N·m) 22 mpg-US (11 L/100 km; 26 mpg-imp) 28 mpg-US (8.4 L/100 km; 34 mpg-imp) 24 mpg-US (9.8 L/100 km; 29 mpg-imp)
SS 2.0 L (120 cu in) turbo Ecotec LNF I4 260 bhp (190 kW) 260 ft·lbf (350 N·m) not listed

Safety

E85 FlexFuel Chevrolet HHR LS.

In IIHS tests the HHR receives a Good overall score in the frontal offset crash test. And an Acceptable score in side impacts on models equipped with side curtain airbags. Side curtain airbags became standard for 2008 models.[13]

Awards

  • 2006 Golden Icon Award for "Best SUV"

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  • 2007 Golden Icon Award for "Best SUV"[15]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Chevrolet HHR Compare Competitive Models" (HTML). Edmunds. http://www.edmunds.com/new/2007/chevrolet/hhr/100759599/comparelanding.html. Retrieved on 2007-08-22. "4dr Wagon" 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Research Station Wagons" (HTML). MSN Autos. http://autos.msn.com/research/category/default.aspx?category=wagons. Retrieved on 2007-08-22. "Station Wagons... Chevrolet HHR" 
  3. HHR on Mitsui automotive site
  4. Lavrinc, Damon (2006-10-02). "Chevy HHR SS acknowledged" (HTML). Autoblog. http://www.autoblog.com/2006/10/23/chevy-hhr-ss-acknowledged/. Retrieved on 2007-06-11. 
  5. Neff, John (2006-06-06). "Chevy HHR SS caught spooling up" (HTML). Autoblog. http://www.autoblog.com/2006/06/06/chevy-hhr-ss-caught-spooling-up/. Retrieved on 2007-06-11. 
  6. Neff, John (2006-09-18). "Spy Shots: Chevy HHR SS" (HTML). Autoblog. http://www.autoblog.com/2006/09/18/spy-shots-chevy-hhr-ss/. Retrieved on 2007-06-11. 
  7. Neff, John (2007-04-24). "Spy Photos: 2008 Chevy HHR SS" (HTML). Autoblog. http://www.autoblog.com/2007/04/24/spy-photos-2008-chevy-hhr-ss/. Retrieved on 2007-06-11. 
  8. Nunez, Alex (2007-07-13). "2008 Chevy HHR SS brochure leaked!" (HTML). Autoblog. http://www.autoblog.com/2007/07/13/more-brochure-leak-o-rama-2008-chevy-hhr-ss/. Retrieved on 2007-07-13. 
  9. Abuelsamid, Sam (2007-08-17). "Woodward: Live Reveal of the 2008 Chevy HHR SS" (HTML). Autoblog. http://www.autoblog.com/2007/08/17/video-woodward-live-reveal-of-the-2008-chevy-hhr-ss/. Retrieved on 2007-08-17. 
  10. Wert, Ray (2007-08-16). "Live From The Woodward Dream Cruise, It's The Chevy HHR SS Reveal!" (HTML). Jalopnik. http://jalopnik.com/cars/woodward-dream-cruise/live-from-the-woodward-dream-cruise-its-the-chevy-hhr-ss-reveal-290386.php. Retrieved on 2007-08-16. 
  11. "2009 Chevy HHR SS Panel SEMA Concept" (HTML). Jaloponik. General Motors. 2007-10-30. http://jalopnik.com/cars/sema/2009-chevy-hhr-ss-panel-sema-concept-315971.php. Retrieved on 2007-10-30. 
  12. Filipponio, Frank (2007-10-30). "Chevy HHR Panel SS delivers smiles at SEMA" (HTML). Autoblog. General Motors. http://www.autoblog.com/2007/10/30/sema-2007-chevy-hhr-panel-ss-delivers-smiles-at-sema/. Retrieved on 2007-10-30. 
  13. http://www.iihs.org/ratings/ratingsbyseries.aspx?id=649
  14. |publisher=Axcess News |date=2007 |accessdate=2008-02-05}}
  15. "Zack Snyder's Film "300" tops in Golden Icon Awards". Axcess News. 2007. http://axcessnews.com/index.php/articles/show/id/12342. Retrieved on 5 February 2008. 

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