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  Chevrolet SSR

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Country of origin:United States
Introduced in:2003
Introduced at:2002 NAIAS
Source:Company press release
Last updated:Before December 1st, 2004
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Click here to download printer friendly versionStyling, one of the most significant points on the Chevy ssR's journey from concept to reality, is complete. The production-intent design for the Chevy ssR mirrors the theme set forth by the concept vehicle - a celebration of Chevy heritage, expressed in a roadster featuring pickup truck-style versatility. The production-intent ssR show vehicle was built in August of 2001, and driven by GM President and CEO Rick Wagoner at the legendary Woodward Dream Cruise shortly thereafter. The ssR made its debut in its production-intent skin at the North American Auto Show in Detroit in January of 2002.
The exterior of the production-intent design is embodies the concept vehicle. Only subtle changes have been made from concept to reality. Unlike many show vehicles that proceed to showrooms, the changes represent tweaks meant to improve the vehicle's form, rather than production-necessitated compromises.
The Art Deco styled front grille design - one of the signature features of the concept - continues virtually unaltered in production. Indeed, horizontal cross-car bar with the integrated bowtie continues all the way through the headlamps, just as it does on the concept.
To ensure excellent handling, ride and structural strength, GM's midsize truck architecture was selected to provide the basis for production version. As a result the proportions of the ssR needed to be altered, providing a challenge for designers. The production-intent vehicle has the same wheelbase as the concept, but is slightly shorter and wider.

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