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Chevy Confirms SS Performance Sedan for 2013

Australian Holden Commodore will be the basis for the 2014 Chevrolet SS.Australian Holden Commodore will be the basis for the 2014 Chevrolet SS.

Chevrolet has finally confirmed the long-standing rumor that it will be importing the Holden VF Commodore from Australia beginning in late 2013. The import is a V-8 powered rear-wheel-drive performance sedan and will be sold as the Chevrolet SS. It will arrive in showrooms as a 2014 model. A retail price is yet to be announced.

The SS will also become Chevrolet’s next representative in the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The car will debut at next year’s Daytona 500.

The SS is Chevrolet’s first rear-wheel-drive sedan sold in the US in 17 years. Holden has a solid record with exports to the North American car market. GM Holden’s Executive Director or Engineering, Greg Tyus, says Chevrolet and its customers will reap the benefits of Holden’s expertise in rear-wheel-drive sedans. In Holden’s press release announcing the export arrangement, Tyus said:

“We were responsible for the design and engineering of the Chevrolet Camaro, VE Commodore was sold as the Pontiac G8 and we are currently exporting the Chevrolet Caprice Police Patrol Vehicle – so we understand the needs of the North American market.”

The Chevy SS will be a welcome addition in the US performance sedan market, with many media outlets impressed with the import. The car will be an alternative for buyers considering similar performance vehicles like the Ford Taurus SHO or the Chrysler 300C.

Neither Holden nor Chevrolet will confirm how many cars will be shipped, but Drive magazine, who first broke the news of the rumor’s confirmation, says it will be “much fewer than the 50,000-odd” units that were predicted with the ill-fated Pontiac G8 program.

The Chevrolet SS will incorporate new design technologies and is expected to be lighter and use around 10% less fuel than previous similar performance models. The car will use a newly designed electronics system, which controls most functions in the car and brings the Commodore into line with other GM models that have features such as center-mounted airbags and self-parking systems as standard.

But the big question: How will the car look? You can see the Commodore VF in the above picture, however some small cosmetic changes are planned for the North American release. The Chevrolet SS will have a less-pronounced bulge on the wheel arches to be more aerodynamic on US freeways, and some parts of the car (including the hood) will be replaced with aluminium panels. These as well as some structural changes will remove around 80 pounds from the car in total, which is where most of the increased fuel efficiency will come from.

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