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Did OnStar Accidently Confirm An SS Model In 2014?


William Maley
Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com
April 25, 2012

A few days after we caught wind of GM trademarking the SS nameplate, a blogger uncovered an interesting entry in a OnStar document.

Christopher Price found on OnStar's vehicle compatibility guide that the 2014 Chevrolet lineup includes an "SS Performance" entry. Could this be the mysterious RWD Chevrolet sedan that we've been hearing about for the past few months?

Source: christopherprice.net, Motoramic
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2014 Avalanche???

No Colorado??????
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2014 Avalanche???

No Colorado??????

The Avalanche is puzzling, unless it will be gone for one year to create some demand from previous owners (most likely just a typo).

Colorado is to be a 2015 model year truck, not calendar year (will be on-sale in calendar year 2014 though). <--- btw, that's the overall discussion from several places, not direct knowledge on my behalf.
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Enough already it is coming unless there is any 11th hour changes. We know it will be an improved SWB Zeta and it will have the DI V8 as that is why we don't have it now.

As for the Avalanche it may simply just be that the cancelation of it was recent enough it was not updated here.
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SS Performance = EXCITEMENT!!! :D
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Well, it doesn't surprise me that GM is planning on some kind of SS; there had always been one SS editions of various GM vehicles over the years.

The big question is "which" model is getting an SS? It can be a Sierra, it can be a Cruze, it can be a Malibu, an Impala, and maybe even a Sonic! Depending on which model it is (or perhaps more than one model) this may or may not be very interesting to one person or another.
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I think this will be the 4 door Austrailia export that will be our SS, hopefully with CNG and Gas. Dual fuel and killer performance. :D
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SS Performance could just be a trim line on existing cars. But maybe it will be a Caprice cop car for retail customers.
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Just a typo?
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Come on guys you are acting like a bunch of honda owners on Auto Blog.

You know as well as I do that Mark Ruess has made it clear he wanted the SWB Zeta back here after Pontiac left. We also know from public statments From Al Oppenheiser – Vehicle Chief Engineer, Global Rear Wheel Drive Vehicles that they were working on a RWD performance sedan when he said interanlly this was called the 4 DR Camaro and it would be here around 2014.

The hold up on this car was the improvments the Zeta was getting in cutting weight and the VVT DI V8 that will first be offered in the new Vette.

The only mystery to this whole deal is what the name is that they chose long ago per Al's statment. The only outstanding factor is that would there be some 11th hour issue that would kill the car at the last moment.

While GM has been quiet on many of their cars this was one that a few in high places has spoke out on.

We also it will be limited so don't expect 50,000 plus units and it more than not will be at or just over $40,000 as it will come mostly loaded unless they have changed their minds. Do not expect a V6 right now and if it ever got one it would be a TT V6. Note my pricing is based on the Regal GS. You know a loaded Zeta Sedan will be around the price of a loaded Camaro SS and higher than a Regal GS Turbo.

Sorry no games here either with CNG as production is so small they will not fool with any odd limited options on an already limited car.

So forget the typo, Forget the Caprice, Foget a Sonic SS etc.

Think of this as an Improved, more powerful, lighter [by little] G8 GXP.

Chevy Builds Performance!
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C'mon. Don't tell me I'm the only one who thought of this thing.
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C'mon. Don't tell me I'm the only one who thought of this thing.


Yes I thought of it, but while it is a lovely design and a drivers car maybe, the rear head room looks to be terrible. I do not see this as the actual car.

Hyper why not have CNG since they all ready do it down there?
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75,000+ people on the web thought of the SS show car but it will still be a Zeta.

As for CNG there is nothing wrong with it but it just will not be offered on a limited vehicle in a unproven market. Let the truck intro the umproved systems to the unwashed masses and let them see what the trucks can do and then work it into cars if demand warrants.

Diesel is a good idea too but when the American market is not crying out for it you can't force them to buy them. These alt fuels need to be prove to the American public and then we will see some growth.
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75,000+ people on the web thought of the SS show car but it will still be a Zeta.


Well, yeah. It'll be Zeta, everyone knows that.

I know I'm dreaming here, but I think it would be nice if a few styling elements below the SS Concept's beltline made it onto whatever comes out next year. My worst fear, which will undoubtedly be confirmed, is that it'll look like those Autoblog renderings that hit the web a few days ago. The Holden Caprice/Chevrolet Caprice has the appropriate roofline and glasshouse to keep those elements of the concept car intact while improving headroom (not that anyone should be pointing out how the SS Concept didn't have any headroom anyway).
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75,000+ people on the web thought of the SS show car but it will still be a Zeta.


Well, yeah. It'll be Zeta, everyone knows that.

I know I'm dreaming here, but I think it would be nice if a few styling elements below the SS Concept's beltline made it onto whatever comes out next year. My worst fear, which will undoubtedly be confirmed, is that it'll look like those Autoblog renderings that hit the web a few days ago. The Holden Caprice/Chevrolet Caprice has the appropriate roofline and glasshouse to keep those elements of the concept car intact while improving headroom (not that anyone should be pointing out how the SS Concept didn't have any headroom anyway).


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I think you hit it on the head. The beltline styling elements and a few others I really hope are incorporated into the new SS Performance for the Holden Caprice. This would give you one sweet looking ride with room for all. :)
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The way I look at it is they establish this car as a image model that will show a profit even in low volume it will reflect onto the other cars.

As time goes on the Zeta will be replaced at some point and with Holden and Chevy becoming one the styling will be adjusted more and more to reflect both brands. The car we get soon will not remain the same for very long.

I would not be suprised if a expaned Alpha sedan may be based on this model at some point. Or they could take the new Omega and make it smaller so it could share the cost of the flag ship Cadillac with the SS model and even the Poiice Caprice. Cadillac will need a dance partner on the flag ship. The platform may be shared but little else would be.

Lets face it the Zeta while not as old as the W body is becoming the old platform at GM. If there are enough sales and demand here and down under it would justify the demands of the supporters within GM to do a new RWD platform to replace it in the future. While the Zeta can improve a little more like the W was there are limits on how much. A new car would be like the Alpha with few limits.
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The hold up on this car was the improvments the Zeta was getting in cutting weight and the VVT DI V8 that will first be offered in the new Vette.

Essentially the VE-to-VF Commodore transition, then, perhaps minus the DI V8... Makes sense to wait if that lightening up means squeezing a couple of extra MPG for CAFE purposes...
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The way I look at it is they establish this car as a image model that will show a profit even in low volume it will reflect onto the other cars.

As time goes on the Zeta will be replaced at some point and with Holden and Chevy becoming one the styling will be adjusted more and more to reflect both brands. The car we get soon will not remain the same for very long.

I would not be suprised if a expaned Alpha sedan may be based on this model at some point. Or they could take the new Omega and make it smaller so it could share the cost of the flag ship Cadillac with the SS model and even the Poiice Caprice. Cadillac will need a dance partner on the flag ship. The platform may be shared but little else would be.

Lets face it the Zeta while not as old as the W body is becoming the old platform at GM. If there are enough sales and demand here and down under it would justify the demands of the supporters within GM to do a new RWD platform to replace it in the future. While the Zeta can improve a little more like the W was there are limits on how much. A new car would be like the Alpha with few limits.


I wonder if the new platform could be a lightweight version of an AWD with Twin Turbo 4 & 6 engines for performance as the SS and Police versions and yet have a volume of FWD appliances that are appealing enough to replace all those ugly forgetable FWD appliances from Toyo and Ford.
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Lets not get too far ahead yet. Just expect a more powerful DI V8 in a RWD sedan. If things go well we may see a AWD special edition later on. The TT Turbo may also appear down the road. For now I expect them to keep it simple for the first year or two and then I would expect special more limited edtitions like Holden does.

This is more an image car than volume. They will work to keep it fresh.

The idea that it is going to NASCAR says a lot of what they expect this car will do for Chevys image.

Also note if they are going to the effort of using it in NASCAR there will be no last min plugs pulled like on the Elcamino etc. GM is already commitied to run the car in that series and will have to build it to make it legal. So even if you hate NASCAR the series is going to do some good in locking the car into production.
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The idea that it is going to NASCAR says a lot of what they expect this car will do for Chevys image.


Yes ... and if that "SS" IS the new NASCAR entry and Ch#$r%*et's own press release is to believed, then it MUST be a 2013 model ... unless NASCAR plans to change THEIR rules AGAIN.

Plus, it MUST have a NEW name to the brand, not an old, recycled name.



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Yes NASCAR did make a change.

The way I saw it explained by NASCAR was it would be 2014 model but it would be available in early 2014. In other words the race car will hit the track in Feb at Daytona and the public will get the cars in Mach? The time span was not much different. It will be like the 2004 GP roll out in March of 2003.

As for name that is still a toss up as nothing solid has been given. A web site predicting the future can be changed easily.

It will have a SS tag along with another name and at this point no one outside GM seems to know if it is old or new. The only thing we do know is that Al called it the SS Peformance Sedan and that they had the name chosen at the least a year and a half ago when he spoke of it.

The name mystery is as deep here as the I Phone 6 release date mystery.
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CNG won't happen on this car simply because Holden's system is a dedicated CNG system rather than a dual fuel system.

We don't have the infrastructure for that just yet.

As for the rest of this, the car will be a sedan so my interest is limited.
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When are they going to reveal this car? In March I read it was going to show up at the New York International Auto Show, but that didn't happen...
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When are they going to reveal this car? In March I read it was going to show up at the New York International Auto Show, but that didn't happen...


It should show up next year at the 2013 Daytona 500.
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When are they going to reveal this car? In March I read it was going to show up at the New York International Auto Show, but that didn't happen...


It should show up next year at the 2013 Daytona 500.



I thought I read in that article somewhere that it would debut at the Auto Show. Maybe it was a different one I read or maybe I read it wrong.
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Here is where I saw it at: http://www.jayski.com/teams/chevy.htm

Chevy to replace Impala in 2013 with another Chevy brand: Chevrolet is developing a new car with a new name for its 2013 NASCAR entry, replacing the Impala used by Team Chevy, and plans to eventually market and sell the new model to consumers. The dealership and racing versions of the car will be unveiled this year, after the New York auto show in April, spokesman Monte Doran said. The new car will use a nameplate not currently in Chevy’s lineup. Neither the car nor its name will be a derivative of an existing one, such as the new Malibu or the upcoming redesigned Impala, Doran said. General Motors wouldn’t reveal details. “We are keeping the wraps on the new car for now and will continue to prepare for next season by testing camouflaged vehicles,” Jim Campbell, vice president of Chevrolet performance vehicles and motorsports, said in a statement. “We know that Chevrolet fans are eager to see the new race car, and we hope that the prospect of being able to own one just like it will make the wait a little more bearable.”
The new car may be a version of the Chevy Caprice currently imported from Australia for U.S. police forces. Inside GM, a plan to develop a Chevy performance sedan like the Caprice for consumers was on-and-off in recent years because of concerns that it wasn’t a high-profit vehicle, people familiar with the situation said. Australia’s Holden brand currently offers consumers a variation on the U.S. Caprice. Along with developing the new performance sedan, GM is redesigning the current Impala, which will be built at the Detroit-Hamtramck plant and is expected to hit showrooms by spring 2013. The automaker is also rolling out a redesigned Malibu.(Detroit Free Press, more at MotorTrend and a past post at AutoWeek)(3-13-2013)





I did read it somewhat wrong though. It just says after the auto show, not at the auto show...
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