It’s hard to pinpoint what segment Chevrolet’s HHR actually fits into, but we can say that the retro-ish compact car/SUV/crossover HHR stands for Heritage High Roof.
Although Chevrolet says its HHR design was inspired by its 1949 Suburban, we think there’s also a lot of Chrysler PT Cruiser in the HHR, too. The HHR's lead designer formerly worked at Chrysler on the PT. The PT is clearly the HHR’s main competition, but the fairly stale PT is suffering from slow sales. The HHR's better fuel economy probably isn't hurting sales, either, as the HHR is rated at a best 22/30 mpg city/highway with automatic transmission, while the highest PT is 21/26 mpg with a manual.
In June, Automotive News Data Center reported that HHR sales are up 23.6 percent compared to June 2007, while PT Cruiser sales are down 38.1 percent.
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