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GM planning Chevrolet SS comeback?

New sedan wearing SS badge could be based on rear-drive Holden Commodore

Published: April 20, 2012, 11:00 AM
Updated: June 7, 2015, 10:54 AM

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Two separate news tidbits have prompted speculation that General Motors may be planning to bring back the Chevrolet SS nameplate.

First, GM announced last month that it will enter a newly-designed NASCAR racer for the 2013 season, “based on a new nameplate to the brand’s lineup.”

Second, the company has reportedly filed a trademark application for the SS name, which has historically been used by Chevrolet for its high-performance models.

It could be just coincidence. But there's a good chance it's not.

GM is already selling a rear-wheel-drive Chevrolet Caprice PPV to police fleets. That vehicle is a variation on the short-lived Pontiac G8 sedan, which was itself based on the Australian Holden Commodore.

It would seem natural to spin off a consumer version of that vehicle as a high-performance sedan. Plus, a new version of the Commodore is expected to launch next year.

It would seem just as natural to name a Chevrolet version of that car the SS, which has been synonymous with productionhigh-performance Chevys since 1961.

The label first appeared on the experimental Chevrolet Corvette SS racecar in 1957. And it has graced everything from Novas to Impalas in the period since then.

It all seems just too logical to ignore.