Where does the SS Sedan go from here

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    Where does the SS Sedan go from here

    The press overall loves the SS sedan even though the majority of the GMI community doesn't. The reviews have been spot on with what GM wanted to showcase with the model. With sales of the Commodore solid one could expect there to be a good future for both sedans. I'm okay with there not being a more affordable SS sedan right now and I don't expect there to be with this generation. I'm expecting to see the minor updates that are rumored with the suspension upgrades and a manual transmission. I'm hopping to see a LSA powered SS sedan in the next model year. This current generation model lives as long as the 5 generation Camaro sticks around. This is physical year 2014 so there are a few years before either the plant closes in Australia and or the generation 6 of the Camaro comes out. Both of these models will be locked step with each other I think. With that being said there are a couple of years left where GM can tinker around with the SS sedan and offer more special edition models. Maybe a track dedicated version and add a more aggressive appearance package. Much like what happened with the 06 GTO. I see GM using this generation of the SS sedan as a good setup for the alpha based sedan in that the bar would be set pretty high. GM just has to continue bringing it.
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    Re: Where does the SS Sedan go from here

    I'm totally shocked that they haven't brought out NASCAR editions like they did with the Monte Carlo yet...

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    Re: Where does the SS Sedan go from here

    Alpha in 2017. Until then, I don't expect much other than an LSA version. Exterior needs some drama.

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    Re: Where does the SS Sedan go from here

    Probably the most interesting thing that will happen on the SS side is more about the business and marketing than the product. The SS isn't designed to be a high volume product in North America, yet its not priced very high compared to the competition. Can GM make money on this approach? Are there other elements of the business case in terms of marketing and brand (all those positive reviews are positive for GM, for example, plus there is the NASCAR tie-in). What's the impact of all of this?

    If GM can find a way to make money on interesting and reasonably affordable niches, that opens up a lot of interesting possibilities and not just for Chevy. OTOH, if the current SS fails to deliver, I wouldn't hold my breath waiting for a replacement. It doesn't have to sell in huge numbers as that's obviously not what Chevy was going for. But it does need to have some kind of ROI.

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    Re: Where does the SS Sedan go from here

    ^^^ That's my line of thinking. The SS represents a lot. Hopefully GM reacts in a timely manner. Seeing the reaction of people at the auto show gives me confidence that GM knows what they are doing. The SS has the right amount of aggression to please the buyer that can afford the 45k entry price.
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    Re: Where does the SS Sedan go from here

    Quote Originally Posted by dslay04 View Post
    Alpha in 2017. Until then, I don't expect much other than an LSA version. Exterior needs some drama.
    Is that speculation or confirmation?

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    Re: Where does the SS Sedan go from here

    They could start with more interior color options and AWD.
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    Re: Where does the SS Sedan go from here

    Is the Alpha platform big enough for an SS sedan?

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    Re: Where does the SS Sedan go from here

    Quote Originally Posted by Dequindre View Post
    Is the Alpha platform big enough for an SS sedan?
    Yes, look at the CTS.

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    Re: Where does the SS Sedan go from here

    Front end needs to be more aggressive, to represent an actual SS performance car, and not a Cruze. Chevy, it is OK to not make every single vehicle have the exact same grill style with the colored bar and bowtie in center.
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    Re: Where does the SS Sedan go from here

    Where does it go?

    Moves on to its next generation, gets more expressive styling, probably gets LT1, goes on Alpha+.

    What about it?

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    Re: Where does the SS Sedan go from here

    Bolder styling and more power..it's a halo car make it better GM. It's an amazing car the way it is so just kick it up a notch!!
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    Re: Where does the SS Sedan go from here

    If you guys want a next generation SS, start buying them. My dealer has two of them on the ground...said they're finding a hard time finding a home for them with no markup.

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    Re: Where does the SS Sedan go from here

    Quote Originally Posted by DenaliHD66 View Post
    Front end needs to be more aggressive, to represent an actual SS performance car, and not a Cruze. Chevy, it is OK to not make every single vehicle have the exact same grill style with the colored bar and bowtie in center.
    Indeed. Blandburger sales have their limits. It does make work easier for the stylists.

    And they make good undercover cars. Except the cops keep losing them, they all look alike.
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    If you guys want a next generation SS, start buying them. My dealer has two of them on the ground...said they're finding a hard time finding a home for them with no markup.
    No, Chevy needs to understand that Aussie styling is not Chevrolet styling. And if Chevy wants the car to be successful it needs to look American and be offered in more models. Regular people that want a rear wheel drive sedan should be able to get a main stream version of the SS like the old RWD Caprice/Impala SS line up. As it stands now GM thinks everyone is supposed to pony up to Cadillac. Not everyone can afford Cadillac, so they are forced to Dodge and Chrysler if the SS doesn't look American and is too costly.

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