• Feb 6, 2008

click above for high-res gallery of the E85 Chevy HHR


Apparently, the movement toward smaller cars in the US market also includes the Chevrolet HHR. According to GM, HHR sales jumped 73% last month compared to 2007 with a total of 9,650 being shipped out the door. At the Chicago Auto Show today, the automaker announced further enhancements to the retro wagon for the 2009 model year. The smaller 2.2L four cylinder will inherit the variable valve timing that's already installed on the optional 2.4L engine. To celebrate the improved sales, both engines will also be able to drink ethanol as well. The HHR will be the first American-market GM model to have a flex-fuel four cylinder engine, something that Saabs have offered for several years now.

[Source: General Motors]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I have just bought a 08 hhr. Good gas mileage, lots of room, fun to drive=great car to own!!! Don't knock it you haven't driven it because it is a lot better than some are saying!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yep, the HHR litters rental lots like fleas on a dog. Show up late at night to a rental place and they seem to only have HHRs and Cobalts in the parking lot.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wouldn't E85 be great in the turbo SS? I bet it could run higher boost.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why make cars FLEX FUEL, if everyone knows that ethanol is avaliable only in very very very few places.
        • 6 Years Ago
        CAFE. They get fuel economy credits. The flexfuel versions are rated at higher fuel economy than the gas counterparts.
      • 6 Years Ago
      GM has actually cut fleet sales, so these increases are not a result of fleets.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So is this the chicken or the egg?

      Did you happen to get the specs on the new 2.2L? And can it be assumed that the Cobalt gets this engine too?
      • 6 Years Ago
      if they really wanna celebrate, they should hand out cups of E100 and party.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Cobalt sales also increased? My bet is on fleet sales were the cause.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm sure some Cobalts are doing rental duty. However, sometime within the last 18 months, these things seems to have caught on as an entry level car. Both the sedan and the coupe are moving, and not just to rental lots.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would say Saab(9-1) will bring it over 1st and then spread through the rest of Gm's brands.

      so, we could see it in the next cobalt. maybe as SS
      • 6 Years Ago
      if u haven,t tried it, don,t knock it.most fun i,ve ever had, including my vette.
      • 6 Years Ago
      seoultrain,

      thanks for the info. based on your notes, its a non-issue at this point for me. good to know about the mixing though if/when e85 seeps to this part of the country.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It probably wouldn't be worth it to convert a regular gas engine to E85.

      As with everything nowadays, it seems, there is a Wikipedia article on this here:

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E85_in_standard_engines
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