DETROIT -- Chevrolet is giving its lowest volume, highest performance sedan -- the Australian-built SS -- a freshening before the car takes its final bow.
GM has said that it will quit making cars in Australia by the end of 2017, which will likely mean the checkered flag for the sedan packed with a Corvette engine. For 2016, the SS gets a new front fascia with larger ducts to improving cooling and aerodynamics.
Other changes include LED lighting, a two-mode exhaust system that changes its tone based on vehicle speed, functional hood vents and new 19-inch wheels. The rear-wheel-drive SS remains powered by a 6.2-liter V-8 that cranks out 415 hp. For 2015, GM added a six-speed manual transmission.
GM will maintain a presence in Australia after its Holden division ceases manufacturing. Holden-badged vehicles will be imported from other countries, much like GM’s English brand Vauxhall. Those vehicles are mostly rebadged Opels.
Ford, Toyota and several other automakers have or will soon cease manufacturing in Australia.