Hybrids and muscle go together

April 27, 2018 David Zatz 0

Most car guys I know loathe hybrid-electric cars. You can probably blame the Prius — a hyper-efficient car that’s a bit dull to drive, like a four-cylinder Camry.  V8 afficianados, even if they only drive minivans, tend to get all worked up about the Prius, making rash assumptions about the […]

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Car stereo bugs that drive me nuts

April 23, 2018 David Zatz 0

Car stereos have the best sound and features we have ever seen. Scant decades ago, cars came with single speaker AM radios; today, we can play music from phones, pods, satellites, and thumb drives, ignoring AM and FM entirely. At the same time, we’ve lost a few things; many cars […]

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Here’s a switch: replacing buttons

February 6, 2018 David Zatz 0

For decades, automakers have searched for ways to cut every possible penny from their costs, without making it obvious to prospective buyers. They experimented with putting the gauge cluster into the middle of the car, with moving physical controls into touch-screens, and with converting every possible knob into buttons. The […]

Creation and development of the Chevy SSR

September 9, 2003 David Zatz 0

According to GM, the Chevy SSR traces its lineage to the vision of Wayne Cherry, Vice President of GM Design. The original idea was to explore how a heritage design theme might manifest itself in a truck, as opposed to cars where heritage designs abound. Working with GM Design’s Corporate […]

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The Chevy SSR engine, transmission, and TORSEN differential

September 9, 2003 David Zatz 0

The second engine: a 6.0 liter with 390 horsepower (LS2) The new LS2 engine features a deep-skirt aluminum block with cast aluminum heads, delivering 390 horsepower and 405 lb-ft of torque for quick acceleration from any speed. A six-speed manual Tremec transmission is now available, showing that GM means business. […]

The Chevy SSR’s hydroformed frame

September 9, 2002 David Zatz 0

The production version of the Chevrolet SSR uses a frame with fully hydroformed steel side rails. The hydroformed frame features great strength and stiffness, relatively low weight and precise quality. Ted Robertson, chief engineer for the Chevrolet SSR said: “A traditional stamped frame with this amount of strength and rigidity […]

Interview with Bob Walczyk of the Chevrolet SSR brand team

September 9, 2001 David Zatz 0

Thanks to David Caldwell for arranging this session.  Bob Walczyk is one of the key people responsible for taking the Chevrolet SSR from concept to reality, defining the Chevy SSR’s equipment, content and marketing plans. Before the questions and answers get underway, Bob Walczyk thanked us for our interest and […]