• Dec 9, 2006
Add $200 to the price of a Chevy HHR and you can get yourself a modern-day two-seater panel wagon. Chevrolet says pricing for the Panel will begin at $16,750 "for a well-equipped LS model." The LS has the 2.2L 149hp engine. While the official press release claims the HHR Panel is rated at "30 mph in highway driving" we seriously hope they mean 30 mpg in highway driving. It'll also be available in an LT version which has the 2.4L 175hp engine, also rated at 30 mpg. No official word on LT pricing, though Velocity Journal says it will come in just over $17,500 with the no-option LS costing just $15,800.

With no rear seats to get in the way, the flat panel floor will accept more than 57 cubic feet of stuff, while an under-floor storage area takes five cubic feet more. Tie-downs are available, of course, to keep those cubic feet of cargo from sliding around.

At those prices, Chevy will definitely sell a few Panels, though the versatility of a two-seater wagon to most folks is questionable. We can, however, see this being the stylishly economic choice of large and small businesses alike. And we certainly can't wait to see what the customizers can do with it.

Read GM's full press release after the jump.

[Source: GM, Velocity Journal]
From the GM press release...

DETROIT – Chevrolet announced today that pricing for the new, segment-exclusive HHR Panel will begin at $16,750 (including destination) for a well-equipped LS model. Orders for the HHR Panel will begin in early January.

"Priced at only $200 more than an HHR passenger model, the HHR Panel demonstrates tremendous value to business customers," said Ed Peper, Chevrolet general manager. "The HHR Panel is a model unlike anything else in the segment, offering commercial customers and expressive enthusiasts a bold, functional and different vehicle – and one that delivers more than 30 mpg on the highway."

The HHR Panel features windowless side panels and rear cargo doors in place of conventional rear doors. A flat load floor provides more than 57 cubic feet (1,614 L) of cargo space, along with approximately 5 cubic feet (141 L) of additional covered, under-floor storage. Inside, the HHR Panel has seating for two and a large, flat cargo floor. Tie-down points are located strategically on the floor.

The LS model comes with a fuel-efficient 2.2L engine rated at 149 horsepower (111 kW). The LT model is equipped with a 2.4L engine rated at 175 horsepower (130 kW). With either engine, the HHR is rated at 30 mph in highway driving and can provide up to 450 miles of cruising range on a tank of gas.

Power front seats, a family of radios with MP3 capability and OnStar are available on LS and LT models. LT models also offer XM Satellite Radio, 17-inch wheels and leather-appointed seating. There is also a rear power plug connector with available 40-amp service, for a variety of specialty equipment needs. This feature answers the call of upfitters, who asked for an additional power source to suit their specialty vehicles.

OnStar with Turn-by-Turn Navigation is available on the HHR Panel, enhancing its value as a courier or delivery-type vehicle. OnStar Turn-by-Turn provides verbal instructions to assist the driver with right- and left-hand turn directions; and it establishes a new route if the driver needs to get back on track; for example, if a freeway exit is missed.

Chevrolet is America's No. 1-selling automotive brand. With the largest dealer network in the United States , Chevy is the leader in full-size trucks and the leader in sales of vehicles priced $35,000 and above. Chevrolet delivers more-than-expected value in every vehicle category, offering cars and trucks priced from $9,995 to $78,175. Chevy delivers expressive design, spirited performance and great value with standard features usually found only on more expensive vehicles.

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader for 75 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 327,000 people around the world. With global headquarters in Detroit , GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 33 countries. In 2005, 9.17 million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, HUMMER, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn and Vauxhall. GM operates one of the world's leading finance companies, GMAC Financial Services, which offers automotive, residential and commercial financing and insurance. GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.


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      • 8 Years Ago
      Be interested in seeing an El Camino type light duty pick-up also if this is successful.
      • 8 Years Ago
      If they are bringing out the HHR SS, this thing would be cool for the SS trim.

      What would be a million times cooler was if this thing was built on the Solstice platform.

      Either way, its a cool vehicle...
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'll take one in satin black with the turbo motor from the Solstice
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'll never give up my truck, but, I'd possibly consider one of these for a commuter vehicle. I never need more than one extra seat, anyway. Granted, it'd all depend on how the supercharged engine performed. I drove a base HHR and hated it because it was completely lacking in power.

      However, for commuting back and forth, it could be suitable. No true tradesman would ever give up his truck or fullsize van for one, though. My company runs E350s and those are grossly overloaded.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hey, Nakagawa, I'm glad that your Japanese vans are so svelte and sophisticated:

      http://www.boners.com/grub/795969.html
      • 8 Years Ago
      Does anyone think it hypocritical that people who love the big three claim to be patrioto
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow! Here comes another vehicle from our "American Revolution" folks at Chevrolet. Too bad as another comment stated that it's made in Mexico. Well I guess that's better than being built by Daewoo in Korea and then putting the Chevy badge on it like they do with the Aveo. If it's like any other Chevrolet than it's resale value will be horrendous. I'll stick to my Toyotas, at least I know they're built by Toyota, most likely in this country, and will give me more money back than any other car company when I decide to sell!
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow here goes another one for my crashing love of americans cars! HHR to me looks like a big piece of plastic someone tried to glue together with hard time.. Mailman Rick, are you sure this car can be considered as a long life car ?Just like a mustang i can only see this car falling apart when going over 100 mph.. Seriously with the non-fuel efficient car the U.S is doing plus late design, looking at the H3 i would say here comes Japan Number 2 only Japan doesn't have to kick out all it's employees when discontinuing a segment like Taurus. European are doing all the reel work, the 2 years after U.S tries to keep up but the thing is they can't unless few exceptions ...
      • 8 Years Ago
      WILL THER BE AN AWD VERSION?????
      WHEN WILL THIS HHR BE OUT


      PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE GM DONT F---K THIS UP
      • 8 Years Ago
      Makes more sense than a pickup truck if the interior is large enough. Most non-commercial trucks I see have nothing in their truck beds--just poser vehicles for morons.

      True that cargo carried in an HHR panel car is out of sight, but so is much of the driver's view out of that thing.

      Seems to me that a regular (with side windows) HHR without rear seats would be just as useful and safer to drive.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This is awesome. A good friend of mine is a long distance parts driver for the local BMW shop, and has been driving around in a busted up express van for years now. The shop bought a new sprinter, but gave it to the local driver, not my friend.

      This would be good for him, because unless he is going to hull a hood or a bumper (at which point he takes the box truck) he almost never fills 57 cubic feet.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The phrase "polishing a turd" went out three weeks ago.
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