GM Displays Some of Its Most Innovative Commercial Products at the Chicago Auto Show
Thursday, January 25, 2007
CHICAGO - GM Fleet and Commercial Operations (FCO) will showcase a broad range of innovative commercial vehicles, including the new HHR Panel, which is designed for both commercial and private uses at the 2007 Chicago Auto Show.
FCO will display a variety of vehicles from stylish, fuel-efficient cars to the most-popular medium-duty trucks designed to meet nearly every customer need.
“We don’t wait for change to dictate the development of our products,” said Mark Karney, GM FCO marketing director for vans and trucks. “We work with our commercial customers and anticipate their needs.”
FCO represents all GM car and truck divisions and has invested more than $2 billion in commercial products, including the Chevrolet HHR Panel, the Chevrolet Uplander with Sit-n-Lift power seat and the Chevrolet Kodiak/GMC Topkick. The company also added E-85 compatible commercial vans to its product line.
“GM is committed to this market and in providing our fleet and commercial customers with vehicles that enhance their core business,” said Karney.
The New HHR Panel
The 2007 Chevrolet HHR Panel adds a new dimension of functionality to the popular HHR’s lineup and 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.
With expected production to start late in the first quarter of 2007, the HHR Panel will be offered in LS and LT trims, with 2.2L and 2.4L engines – both of which help the HHR deliver 30 mpg in highway driving. Inside, the HHR Panel has seating for two and a large, flat cargo floor, Tie-down points and two large storage compartments with a lockable option.
Chevrolet Uplander with Sit-N-Lift
The Sit-N-Lift power seat is available on the new Chevrolet Uplander. Sit-N-Lift is a fully motorized, rotating lift-and-lower passenger seat that allows passengers to enter and exit the second row of a vehicle at the touch of a button on a simple, handheld remote. GM is the only automotive manufacturer in the U.S. to sell and service such a product.
The Sit-N-Lift power seat takes the right-side second-row passenger seat from the interior of the vehicle to the outside, down to a height of about 20 inches from the ground. With the push of a button either by the person in the seat or someone standing outside the vehicle, the seat can be swiveled outward and out of the vehicle or retracted back into the vehicle.
Customers that purchase a 2007 Chevy Uplander are eligible for TTY services and equipment. The OnStar TTY Interface Module enables the deaf, hard of hearing, and speech-impaired subscribers to receive most OnStar services in English text.
The service is available for reimbursement under the GM Mobility Reimbursement Program, and includes two additional years of standard OnStar service.
E-85 Commercial Van
The Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana Vans are now E85-capable, and available in two wheelbase lengths, regular length (135 inches / 3429 mm) and extended length (155 inches / 3937 mm). Both vehicles offer stable handling, precise steering, superior ride motion control and balance, supportive front seats, excellent interior lighting, glove-friendly door handles, convenient storage pockets, secondary power outlets and durable carpeting.
Also, an industry-first 60/40-split left-hand side-hinged door provides the segment’s most flexible loading capability. It is available on regular-length cargo vans and offers complete driver’s side access to the second-row and/or seats or cargo compartment.
Chevrolet Kodiak/GMC TopKick
Known as the ultimate towing vehicle, the Chevy Kodiak/GMC TopKick by Monroe weighs 17,500 pounds with an 8-foot dually pickup box, spray-in bedliner and a retractable and extendable tonneau cover. Its overall payload is 7,500 pounds. One of the many options available for the Chevy Kodiak 4x2 model is the Monroe So-Low chassis air suspension for those hauling trailers, boats and fifth-wheel campers.
Delivering durability, versatility and reliability, the Chevy Kodiak/GMC TopKick continues to deliver more of what customers demand from their medium duty trucks. Enhancements for 2007 enable Kodiak consists of a smoother-shifting transmissions including the new 6-speed Allison 1000MH and 2200MH series, a revised stabilizer bar and the rear suspension attachment is riveted.
Additional improvements includes new two-person passenger seat without under-seat storage space, LED roof marker lights available on all models, Gramag air suspension seats, and improved maneuverability and visibility.