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HHR Swims Across the Pond

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Flybrian    0

Chevrolet HHR Under Consideration for Europe
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ZURICH, Switzerland — General Motors' European operation has announced it will show the Chevrolet HHR (Heritage High Roof) next month at the Geneva auto show in a bid to gauge European interest in the retro-styled hatchback/wagon.

On sale in the United States since 2005, the HHR was initially ruled out for European sale due to the reorganization of the Chevrolet brand following GM's takeover of Korean carmaker Daewoo, which now supplies the majority of Chevrolet models in Europe.

However, high-ranking GM officials say there is now a very good likelihood of it being placed on sale in selected European markets. "We've already weighed the financial aspects of bringing the HHR to Europe. Now we want to see how the car-buying public reacts to the car," a source told Inside Line.

One drawback to the plan could be the HHR's lack of a diesel engine. Currently sold with a choice of two four-cylinder gasoline engines, a 146-horsepower 2.2-liter and a 174-hp 2.4-liter, its appeal would be limited in a market driven by sales of compact diesel-powered hatchbacks. Another obstacle is the lack of a right-hand-drive version for the U.K. market.

What this means to you: Iconic American looks and a badge to match could persuade Europeans to get interested in the HHR.

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FunkyPig    0

I thought Lutz said the HHR wasn't engineered for Europe as GM Europe said they didn't want it originally.

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Carguy    20

I think the ARTSY FARTSY French and other Europiens would like the HHR! And the British I am SHURE woud LOVE IT!! Just imagion an American Flag painted on the roof as a sign of YOUTHFULL REBELLION in the streets of London! THAT would be FUNNY!!

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SimonDavid    0

I think the ARTSY FARTSY French and other Europiens would like the HHR! And the British I am SHURE woud LOVE IT!! Just imagion an American Flag painted on the roof as a sign of YOUTHFULL REBELLION in the streets of London! THAT would be FUNNY!!

Its not that much of a joke

Ford sell quite a few Rangers here in London

The wide boys south of the river pimp 'em out and get the whole post-mad max urban warrior look happening

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Carguy    20

Its not that much of a joke

Ford sell quite a few Rangers here in London

The wide boys south of the river pimp 'em out and get the whole post-mad max urban warrior look happening

SAWEET!! I hope they do begin selling them there. Maby as a new London TAXI but NOT as a "post-mad max urban warrior"!! That would be to WEARD!! :unsure::D:P

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thegriffon    5

Its not that much of a joke

Ford sell quite a few Rangers here in London

The wide boys south of the river pimp 'em out and get the whole post-mad max urban warrior look happening

That's a Thai Ranger designed by Mazda, not the American Ranger.

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Maybe HHR's could serve as taxi's-but there isn't much rear seat or cargo room in there, but anything's better than the Vivant/Rezzo/Tacuma they sell over in Europe, I'm sure. Sounds like a golden opportunity for Chevy to expand in Europe with a popular, relatively new car over here.

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Niteriyder    0

Thats the stupidest idea! Lets not forget the PT Cruiser with its 'iconic American' looks.

The HHR would look just as bad in their eyes as the Chrysler. Even though the HHR is an all around better vehicle than the PT Cruiser, the HHR suffers from the same cheap plastic interior, electric steering which equates to an over boosted numb feel that lacks any sort of real feedback.

And I'm not putting the HHR off as a bad car, its just not a car I the Europeans would want to drive. Sure they would most likly like the looks, its a cool looking thing. But Im afraid thats were the favoring stops.

And on top of that Europeans look at us these days as fat ignorant war fighting rednecks..."iconic America" wont bond well with the public

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sciguy_0504    0

I think it would be a great car for Europe IF it had a diesel option. I have no clue about what GM has in its stable but I'm sure it has something.

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Niteriyder    0

no no no regardless of a damn diesel the HHR would be a huge flop. GM needs to quit flooding the European market with rebadged daewoos and scrap any plan to sell any of chevy current line of cars because mediocore for the US would come out looking like straight rubbish in their eyes.

They need to properly export Corvettes to London and should plan to do the same for the Camaro, the SSR should have been sold their RIP...halo cars! Cars that will help bring up their image for the time being until Chevy starts prdoucing world class mainstream again! Only then! Trust me, i know what im talking about, im around new chevys everyday their not nearly as good as they should be aside from the Vette and Tahoes/trucks

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FAPTurbo    1,073

'Iconic American Looks'

Isn't that how you DON'T sell to the Europeans? They seem like a fickle bunch. :P

I love the HHR, but I don't have the highest of hopes for it in Europe. It'll likely be a bit too pricey for it's category.

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Imaj    0

Our friends across the pond hate us (*), why do you think they would buy one of our cars (*), and especially without a diesel option?!

* What I understood from Top Gear, they hate America and American cars, I know Top Gear isn't all of Europe, but still...

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