SAN FRANCISCO -- Chevrolet's retro-styled HHR aims to carve out a niche as a small delivery wagon.
Fleet operators will be able to order a less expensive version without a rear seat and remote starter, said Michael Danowski, HHR product manager. Both features are standard on retail HHR models.
"Right now the huge interest that we have is from the courier type of businesses such as laboratories," said Danowski, who was interviewed at an HHR media event here. "Honeywell is another company that is super interested in it" as a local delivery truck.
Payload capacity is limited to 900 pounds.
"We are going to be working very hard to earn business on the commercial side," said Jim Campbell, car marketing director at Chevrolet.
Prices and sales targets were not revealed.
With the rear seat left out, space is available for the placement of shelving created for commercial applications.
Also, Chevrolet is designing a moveable tray as wide and as long as the rear cargo area. That tray would be on rollers and could be pulled in and out through the rear cargo hatch. It could hold items such as laboratory materials.
To hide the vehicle's contents from view, Chevrolet is considering two window applications. The first is a composite panel that would cover the rear quarter windows.
The second is a special film that would be applied to the HHR's middle side windows and rear quarter windows.
"It is the type of film that you would see on a city bus" for advertisements, Danowski said. "It is very difficult to see inward unless you are right on top of the window, but you can see outward."
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