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    Return of RWD - Chevrolet Announces SS For 2013



    William Maley

    Editor/Reporter - CheersandGears.com

    May 17, 2012

    After months of speculation, rumor, and hearsay, GM let the cat out of the bag today. Coming late next year as a 2014 model, the Chevrolet SS RWD sedan. (Yes, SS is the actual name).

    The SS sedan will be based on the Holden Commodore sedan and it will be it will be used by NASCAR Sprint Cup teams starting at the 2013 Daytona 500.

    At the moment, Chevrolet isn't saying much about specifics. We're expecting a small-block V8, manual transmission option, and to be sold in limited numbers.

    “As a passionate race fan and performance enthusiast, I am thrilled that Chevrolet will deliver a true rear-wheel-drive NASCAR racecar in the SS that is closely linked to the performance sedan that will be available for sale. The Chevrolet SS is a great example of how GM is able to leverage its global product portfolio to deliver a unique performance experience that extends beyond the track. I am personally looking forward to driving it,” said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America in a press release.

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    Press Release in on Page 2


    Chevrolet Announces New SS Performance Sedan

    Will compete in 2013 NASCAR and arrive in showrooms as 2014 model

    DETROIT – Chevrolet today announced the return of a V-8 powered, rear-wheel-drive performance sedan to the U.S. lineup, the Chevrolet SS. The SS will also be Chevrolet’s next NASCAR Sprint Cup racecar and will debut in its race configuration at the 2013 Daytona 500.

    The limited production version of the Chevrolet SS will be a 2014 model and will arrive in dealer showrooms in late 2013. It is the first time in 17 years that Chevrolet will offer a rear-wheel-drive sedan for sale in the United States.

    Chevrolet has a long history of using the SS (Super Sport) designation on high-performance models of some of its most enduring nameplates. The SS designation first appeared in 1957 on a Corvette prototype race car built under the guidance of Zora Arkus-Duntov with the plan to enter it in the Le Mans 24-hour race.

    The first production vehicle offered with an SS option was the 1961 Impala – 453 were built with the performance upgrades which included a modified chassis and suspension, power brakes, a steering column mounted tachometer and unique wheels and tires. The latest SS model in the Chevrolet lineup is the fifth-generation Camaro, which debuted in 2010.

    The Chevrolet SS will be a derivative of the award-winning global rear-wheel-drive architecture that spawns performance vehicles like Chevrolet Camaro and Holden’s upcoming VF Commodore. The much anticipated Australian-built car will benefit from significant technology advances which enhance overall performance.

    “As a passionate race fan and performance enthusiast, I am thrilled that Chevrolet will deliver a true rear-wheel-drive NASCAR racecar in the SS that is closely linked to the performance sedan that will be available for sale,” said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America. “The Chevrolet SS is a great example of how GM is able to leverage its global product portfolio to deliver a unique performance experience that extends beyond the track. I am personally looking forward to driving it.”

    Chevrolet was America’s best-selling performance car brand in 2011 with Camaro and Corvette accounting for one out of every three sports cars sold in the United States. The addition of the SS should strengthen Chevrolet’s position as a leading performance brand.

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    I wonder how much an SS LTZ with an RS package would cost?

    I can't believe they ran with SS, but whatever. At least the Commodore is (officially) back in some form.

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    Unless the camo is deceiving, it looks like it'll forego the "new" face of Chevy (Traverse, Impala) and keep the crossbar grille that's similar to the '13 Malibu.

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    So can we suppose that the Camaro drops the SS in 2014 and goes with Z/28 - then the SS will just be a model and not a trim level?

    Camaro Z28, ZL1

    Corvette Z06, ZR1

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    So can we suppose that the Camaro drops the SS in 2014 and goes with Z/28 - then the SS will just be a model and not a trim level?

    Camaro Z28, ZL1

    Corvette Z06, ZR1

    Doubt if that is going to happen... I don't know if they are going to bring back the Z/28 name, maybe w/ the next generation. And then there is the SL1..

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    Unless the camo is deceiving, it looks like it'll forego the "new" face of Chevy (Traverse, Impala) and keep the crossbar grille that's similar to the '13 Malibu.

    That's the nascar version....

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    While SS seems short it makes little difference. This is the Flag Ship for the Chevy passenger line and will represent the top of all the SS vehicles.

    To be honest if they are like many SS owner they take hte badges off anyways. The hot topic with many is how to debadge them anyways.

    I left mine on as I paid for it and I am damn well going to show it LOL!

    There is another name lurking out htere as a V6 sedan and wagon will not be Super Sport. It will be interesting to see what they do there. We already have a good idea what the Ute will be. You know with their how they are naming things it will be called a Sprint. [Just Kidding]

    As far as I am concerned they could have called the the Mud Flap GT as long as they bring it on.

    As for the nose I expect it will be similar to Chris Doane's illistration. It fits what has been said and the grill has a Impala tone to it. They have cut back on the silly fender flairs on the car as I had hope per what has been stated so far and Chris's drawing represents that. For the most it looks like a cleaned up Holden.

    Maybe the badges will spell out SuperSport?

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    Wishful thinking, I know!!

    I too would like to see it spelled out ala 1966.

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    Don't forget, the V8Supercars will be racing at the "Circuit of The Americas" in Austin,Texas in 2013. Do you think Chevrolet will use the event as part of their pre-release advertising?

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    So I assume this will be a V8 as the only engine. I wonder how that will sell, and at what cost? And interesting that "in the name of CAFE" the ATS needs a 200 hp 4-cylinder, the CTS is getting a 4-cylinder, yet Chevy gets a V8 sedan. If this is another direct from Australia import I don't see it as a success. GM hasn't been able to convert a Holden or Opel into a successful selling car in the USA yet, the Regal has performed the best yet and that is one of the slowest selling Buicks.

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    So I assume this will be a V8 as the only engine. I wonder how that will sell, and at what cost? And interesting that "in the name of CAFE" the ATS needs a 200 hp 4-cylinder, the CTS is getting a 4-cylinder, yet Chevy gets a V8 sedan. If this is another direct from Australia import I don't see it as a success. GM hasn't been able to convert a Holden or Opel into a successful selling car in the USA yet, the Regal has performed the best yet and that is one of the slowest selling Buicks.

    The Corvette is V8 only also. This is a low volume niche model...I would assume pricing would be in the ballpark of a Charger SRT8... The ATS is intended to be a high volume model.

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    GM hasn't been able to convert a Holden or Opel into a successful selling car in the USA yet, the Regal has performed the best yet and that is one of the slowest selling Buicks.

    Correct about Opel, but not about Holden. Holden didn't have the production capacity to build 100K/yr of GTOs or G8s... and both had to fight insane dealer markups initially.

    Be interesting to see what the Chevy dealers do this time around... and to see how much Holden capacity Chevy will be allowed to leverage.

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    So I assume this will be a V8 as the only engine. I wonder how that will sell, and at what cost? And interesting that "in the name of CAFE" the ATS needs a 200 hp 4-cylinder, the CTS is getting a 4-cylinder, yet Chevy gets a V8 sedan. If this is another direct from Australia import I don't see it as a success. GM hasn't been able to convert a Holden or Opel into a successful selling car in the USA yet, the Regal has performed the best yet and that is one of the slowest selling Buicks.

    The Corvette is V8 only also. This is a low volume niche model...I would assume pricing would be in the ballpark of a Charger SRT8... The ATS is intended to be a high volume model.

    But the Vette is a sports car, and who knows, it may even get a V6. Even the S-class and 7-series offer a V6/I6, I think if it is V8 only they are going for really low volume. But maybe that is what they want.

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    So I assume this will be a V8 as the only engine. I wonder how that will sell, and at what cost? And interesting that "in the name of CAFE" the ATS needs a 200 hp 4-cylinder, the CTS is getting a 4-cylinder, yet Chevy gets a V8 sedan. If this is another direct from Australia import I don't see it as a success. GM hasn't been able to convert a Holden or Opel into a successful selling car in the USA yet, the Regal has performed the best yet and that is one of the slowest selling Buicks.

    The Corvette is V8 only also. This is a low volume niche model...I would assume pricing would be in the ballpark of a Charger SRT8... The ATS is intended to be a high volume model.

    But the Vette is a sports car, and who knows, it may even get a V6. Even the S-class and 7-series offer a V6/I6, I think if it is V8 only they are going for really low volume. But maybe that is what they want.

    Maybe they will offer a non-SS version w/ a V6 at some point in the future, if they build it in NA. Chevy already has the Impala, they don't need two big cars w/ V6s...

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    So I assume this will be a V8 as the only engine. I wonder how that will sell, and at what cost? And interesting that "in the name of CAFE" the ATS needs a 200 hp 4-cylinder, the CTS is getting a 4-cylinder, yet Chevy gets a V8 sedan. If this is another direct from Australia import I don't see it as a success. GM hasn't been able to convert a Holden or Opel into a successful selling car in the USA yet, the Regal has performed the best yet and that is one of the slowest selling Buicks.

    You really are out of the loop here.

    This is a V8 only sports sedan and it will be low volume. It may start i the mid 30K range but it will reach into the $40K range. This car is not an ATS as the ATS will offer things this car will never have. For one thing it will never touch the ATS 3200 pounds.

    The SS will appeal to the meat and potato American more than the BMW freak.

    This car as long as it is in small volume will do fine. The G8 still trades at a good price as there is a small market for a car like this. As long as no one expects it to be a volume car like the Caprice of old it will do fine.

    There is room here for this car and the V6 version. There are those who want FWD and those who want RWD. With this car being a global car GM can afford the small volumes in this market.

    The only reason Holden failed here is Pontiac. The dealer priced the GTO into oblivion and the G8 For the most failed in the end because Pontiac died.

    Opel failed here in RWD form because it was not a good choice for Cadillac and few people knew Saturn even sold a version.

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    Don't forget, the V8Supercars will be racing at the "Circuit of The Americas" in Austin,Texas in 2013. Do you think Chevrolet will use the event as part of their pre-release advertising?

    I know they won't do it but it would be cool to see them put Chevy badged on the cars at the race in TX. It would make it a Ford vs Chevy battle here and even the folks down under would not be offended. God knows we ship enough Chevy items there daily at work. You would be suprised how many Camaro's they have there.

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    As long as no one expects it to be a volume car like the Caprice of old it will do fine.

    Problem is, that on the front side, everyone... GM engineers, bean counters, sales managers, enthusiasts, etc. will agree to this. Unfortunately, in retrospect, many of these groups will still consider it a failure if it does not hit 100K/yr even though everyone agreed ahead of time that that wasn't the goal. All GM niche cars are failures in retrospect, according to some detractor.

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    Problem is, that on the front side, everyone... GM engineers, bean counters, sales managers, enthusiasts, etc. will agree to this. Unfortunately, in retrospect, many of these groups will still consider it a failure if it does not hit 100K/yr even though everyone agreed ahead of time that that wasn't the goal. All GM niche cars are failures in retrospect, according to some detractor.

    Exactly. Look no further than the Corvette; an expensive 2-seat, blistering-fast sports car... the very mention of sales volume other than to state the fact, misses the point by miles.

    Because it's GM.

    Google pieces on the BMW 6 and see how often it's called a "failure" because they sell 200/mth or whatever the number is. Let me save you the time: none.

    Because it's NOT GM.

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    Not Every single Chevy has to sell 100,000 units for it to be a success. As long as it sells at a good price (i.e. not Corvette pricing) and its time on the dealer lot is relatively short, that will be successful. Moreover, Camaro volumes on the new SS should be sufficient in about 3-5 years anyways.

    Why anyone holds GM to the sales levels of 1968 (or 1985) is bothersome for one reason: there were few foreign cars sold here in '68 and by '85 BMWs were not selling at the numbers they are now.

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      “They have continually pushed to improve the quality of their work for the benefit of our customers – this commitment, continuous improvement attitude and passion have been exhibited in spades in challenging circumstances,” Mr Bernhard said.

      “It’s not surprising that their skills, work ethic and flexibility are highly sought after and they are leaving a legacy for Holden that deserves to be honoured by ensuring this company has a bright and successful future.

      “Holden continues to change but we are proud to retain a significant presence in Australia for the long-term that includes more than 300 people across our local design and engineering workforces, in addition to the approximately 700 corporate staff and 10,000 people employed across our dealer network. Holden remains committed to Australia and our customers for many, many years to come”.
      Holden Transition Support
      Holden acknowledges the impact the end of local manufacturing has on our people and their families, across the country and throughout the industry. We are doing everything in our power to allow our people to make considered choices and help them move onto their next opportunity. Every Holden worker leaving the business has access to a suite of transition services and up to $3000 in approved training; all part of Holden’s $15 million contribution to the federal government’s Growth Fund for specific support of our manufacturing and engineering employees. The Transition Centre established at Holden’s Elizabeth plant is open to employees, contractors and supplier employees. As a result of Holden’s world-class transition services, about 80 per cent of people who have left the business have gone on to find other work. This does not include those who chose to retire or made personal decisions not to seek work. Holden has proactively engaged with HR and business leaders in South Australia and interstate, who have toured the Elizabeth site and viewed the variety of skills and capabilities of our workforce. Employees who have secured another job have been able to access an early voluntary separation package, helping them to take up opportunities. Holden’s Transition Centre at Elizabeth opened in 2014, after significant research into global best practice and consultation with employees and partner organisations.
      Support and services for employees includes:
      Up to $3000 training funds Career counselling Financial advice and superannuation support Coaching sessions to develop individual tailored plans Information on career pathways, training providers and courses Industry information sessions Careers and training expos Computer training Jobs vacancy board Dedicated staff to help answer questions Resume and job application writing workshops Interview training Networking training Job search training Department of Human Services (representatives and self-service kiosks) Resume writing workshops NewAccess program (BeyondBlue/BeyondAuto)
      Future of Holden:
      Holden will launch 24 major vehicles and 36 new drivetrain combinations by the end of 2020 Holden vehicles will continue to be tuned and tested for Australian conditions and customers with the retention of the famous Lang Lang Proving Ground in Victoria, along with advanced engineering capabilities Holden’s Global Design centre continues to be based in Port Melbourne, contributing to local and global product programs Holden will retain more than 300 designers and engineers beyond 2017 This is in addition to approximately 700 corporate staff and 10,000 people employed across the 230-strong Holden dealer network More than one-third of Holden’s future product portfolio will be sourced from Europe; with vehicles also being sourced from North America and Asia The esteemed Commodore nameplate will live on from 2018 with Holden’s next-generation large car Home Ground Advantage, Holden’s $5 million, 10-year commitment to grassroots sporting clubs has been a huge success with more than 5000 entries since launch Holden has launched the biggest Capped Price Servicing Program in the country, covering every Holden ever built.
    • By William Maley
      Most of us knew this was going happen, but there were some that hoping that somehow the Chevrolet SS would continue on after production of the Holden VF Commodore ended. To those who fall into this camp, it is time to move on as the SS will be no more after 2017.
      Alan Batey, head of GM North America confirmed this yesterday at the Detroit Auto Show. Batey also said there would not be a replacement for the rear-drive sedan.
      “Obviously it’s unlikely there is anything to follow because of what is going on in Australia. It was an optimistic play from our perspective and it’s played out well and been a nice addition to the range. It’s not mainstream. It’s small volume,” said Batey
      In 2016, Chevrolet moved 3,013 SS sedans.
      Source: Motor Trend
      Pic Credit: William Maley for Cheers & Gears

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