The 2009 Chevrolet HHR small SUV will
become the first four-cylinder model in General Motors Corp.'s North
American lineup that can run on either gasoline or E85 ethanol.
North America President Troy Clarke unveiled the FlexFuel Chevy HHR
today during a speech at the Midwest Automotive Media Association
breakfast, which opened press days for the Chicago Auto Show.
will continue to make more of our lineup FlexFuel-capable because we
believe ethanol, and specifically E85, is the best near-term answer to
reduce our nation's dependence on oil as energy demand rises here and
around the world," Clarke said.
"The focus needs to be on
making E85 more available by developing cellulosic ethanol sources and
dramatically increasing the number of stations that offer E85," he said.
GM is the auto industry leader in offering FlexFuel models - 11 for 2008 and more than 15 planned for 2009.
HHR, whose January sales of 9,650 were up 73 percent from the same
month a year ago, will become the latest Chevrolet FlexFuel model when
it goes on sale later this year. Chevrolet has more than 2 million of
GM's more than 2.5 million FlexFuel vehicles on the road.
HHR running on E85 - a blend of 85 percent ethanol and 15 percent
gasoline - would emit up to 23 percent fewer carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions than if running on gasoline, based on a well-to-wheel analysis by the Argonne National Laboratory.
HHR will be available with an Ecotec 2.2-liter or Ecotec 2.4-liter
four-cylinder engine, both of which will be compatible with E85. For
the first time, the Ecotec 2.2L is equipped with variable valve timing
(VVT), technology that assures precise opening and closing of the
valves and accurate control of combustion gases to improve engine
performance and efficiency. The Ecotec 2.4L continues to offer VVT.