OnStar unintentionally releases new Chevy model name: SS Performance

Article by Anita Panait, on April 27, 2012

Clues have been appearing on what Chevrolet will dub its unnamed new model. Bloggers and enthusiasts have been gathering and piecing together clues that lead to a conclusion: the new model will be dubbed as Chevrolet SS. The ironic thing about it is that the source was Chevrolet’s own parent, General Motors.

OnStar’s online site listed GM models compatible with a mobile app that allows remote vehicle access through smartphones. Interestingly, the site contained a list of Chevrolet cars for the 2014 model year, and there sprouted the name “SS Performance.”

The discovery was purely an accidental one. Tech blogger Christopher Price said that he discovered GM’s blunder while searching for the OnStar vehicle profile for his 2009 Pontiac G6. The list has since disappeared from OnStar’s site after someone informed them of the slip-up.

Another was a report from GM Authority that GM has filed for U.S. patent rights to trademark the SS name. Speculation about the Chevy’s new car sparked in March when GM said it will replace Chevy's current NASCAR entry, the Impala, with a new race car.  GM said back then that a production version, with specs almost similar to the racer, is at hand, and will be rolled out under a new nameplate.

It was also speculated that the unnamed model will be the civilian version of the V-8-powered, rear-wheel-drive Chevrolet Caprice PPV. No matter what the model or specs of the new car are, it does not change the fact that there are signs that it would be named as SS, or Super Sport, which was the name given to a performance package on the 1961 Impala. [source: Autoblog]

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