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In an effort to drum up enthusiasm for Chevy's new HRR panel wagon, The General decided to enlist the help of some art students and the results hit on both the sick and sweet sides of the spectrum.

The "Skull from Hell" version (seriously, check the red headlamps) of the HHR was developed by Jim McCammon, hailing from Detroit's College for Creative Studies, and was picked by a number of suits, including Bob Lutz, as the winner of the design contest. The idea, we're assuming, is to appeal to that much coveted 18-25 year-old Death Metal demographic that's moving out of their parent's basement and heading out on tour.

The other skinned wagon took a slightly more practical approach as a flower shop delivery van. Regardless, both vehicles can come equipped in either LS or LT trims, with a 149 HP 2.2-liter or a 175 HP 2.4-liter four. No matter the mill, GM boasts that you'll still get 30 MPG on the highway -- sans amps and flowerpots, mind you.

We've put together a gallery of both vehicles below, and if you really want us to, we'll grab a few live shots on Thursday.


Chevrolet HHR Panel Puts the Petal to the Metal in N.Y.

A Tale of Two Vehicles: A Fun, Fuel-efficient Delivery Vehicle Blooms With Business Possibilities, While a Student-Designed Treatment is Purely for Pleasure

NEW YORK – What better way to illustrate the uses for the new Chevrolet HHR Panel than with the vehicles themselves? Chevy is doing exactly that at the New York Auto Show with two eye-popping wraps – one for business, the other for pleasure.

A delivery vehicle that looks like a bouquet on wheels shows how the HHR Panel can deliver the goods without draining the gas tank. A personal-use Panel, "Skull From Hell," was designed by student Jim McCammon of Detroit 's Center for Creative Studies.

The show opens to the public on Friday. HHR Panel will be offered in LS and LT trims, with 2.2L and 2.4L engines – both of which help deliver 30 mpg in highway driving.

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      • 8 Years Ago

      BTW folks, these aren't paint jobs, this is like those vehicles covered in perforated vinyl that carry advertising...like inner city buses. Think GIANT model car decals.
      • 8 Years Ago

      You like chocolate and you like pizza, but you are PRETTY sure mixing the two flavors won't result in a better product. That's sort of my feelings with this. Chevy wants you to think of the HHR as a cute and cuddly transpotation module and these wraps just fly in the face of that idea...and not in a way that does the HHR any favors.

      "Hot Wheels" for adult children.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It's too bad it wasn't really on fire.

      • 8 Years Ago
      Poor HHR. I hope these are not our future designers. If that is the case, I am going to get a degree in design now!
      • 8 Years Ago
      If those were the best designs, how bad were the ones they rejected? The Skull From Hell looks like a 5 year old's photoshop job.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It looks like a Giant jack o'lantern.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow...that's just so bad.

      "Chevrolet is associated with rock and roll and a rebellious youth," says Jim McCammon, the senior from Livonia who created the winning design.

      Yeah, totally.

      For a bit more info:
      • 8 Years Ago
      I really do like the HHR, but these two vinal Graphics are not my cup of tea. The Skull from Hell is too busy... and the other one... It's a rolling billboard for Flowers express.

      Still, its really neat all the rolls that the HHR is capable of filling. Its a empty canvise auto. It's framed and ready to go... you just have to decide what to paint on it. It can be a milk delivery truck, it can be Taxy, it could even be a small famaily hauler.

      I really do hope further down the line GM does see fit to give this thing some balls, (AWD TURBO!) and a 2 door model.
      • 8 Years Ago
      What's that old Chevy saying about painting a turd?
      • 8 Years Ago
      ...yeah....NO! thats the third crappiest car ive ever seen (1st 2002 camaro; 2nd 2004 mustang)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I'm sorry but I love this car! The paint is not my style but I am sure it is someone's style! It rates right up there on the sick and sweet scale.