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Chevrolet SS has started rolling off the line at the Elizabeth assembly plant in Oz this week.

the first production models started rolling along on Tuesday

Holden managing director Mike Devereux saw the cars being built: “We started building them this week and I saw five or six going down the line on Tuesday.”


Adding this: “We will build as many as they want and I think Americans are going to love that car.”

As a reminder the SS goes on sale here in the last quarter of 2013, barring setbacks of course.

Pricing between the American SS and its Australian blood donor actually has a significant gap even factoring in exchange. $44,470 for the SS compared to $51,490 for the 6.0L Redline at an exchange rate of 1 USD= 1.09 AUD, the SS price in AUD would be $48,472, so we will be saving at least a couple grand.

Chevy is expecting SS production at around 10,000 to 15,000 per year, but we knew that.
 

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Chevrolet SS has started rolling off the line at the Elizabeth assembly plant in Oz this week.

the first production models started rolling along on Tuesday

Holden managing director Mike Devereux saw the cars being built: “We started building them this week and I saw five or six going down the line on Tuesday.”

Chevy is expecting SS production at around 10,000 to 15,000 per year, but we knew that.

This is an interesting number, if for no other reason than the expected production numbers were somewhere around 5k units, not 10k to 15K.
 

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This is an interesting number, if for no other reason than the expected production numbers were somewhere around 5k units, not 10k to 15K.
Yes, that seems too high. We'll see...
 

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Apparently there is a bank of orders on the Chev SS that will see out the end of the year no problems. And Mike Deveraux is happy with the numbers so far. That what I've heard anyway
 

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This is an interesting number, if for no other reason than the expected production numbers were somewhere around 5k units, not 10k to 15K.
since i started following the SS Ive always seen 5-10k as quoted. I wonder if the bump up to 15k was from a glut of pre-orders?
 

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I guess I just don't understand the demand and why it's so much higher than the GT and GXP.

CAFE standards are higher than in '07 to '09
Gas prices are about the same
The economy is much worse
The SS costs more
The SS is harder to order in that you have to wait for it

The only thing that I can think of that might explain the massive increase is that GM actually marketed the SS vs trot out some no-name bad rapper (.50) and do one commercial.

Oh well.

Here's to hoping the SS does do well.
 

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I guess I just don't understand the demand and why it's so much higher than the GT and GXP.

CAFE standards are higher than in '07 to '09
Gas prices are about the same
The economy is much worse
The SS costs more
The SS is harder to order in that you have to wait for it

The only thing that I can think of that might explain the massive increase is that GM actually marketed the SS vs trot out some no-name bad rapper (.50) and do one commercial.

Oh well.

Here's to hoping the SS does do well.
Auggie,

I strongly believe it's all about timing. This year seems to be the year of the powerful sedan. The Chevy SS is sitting pretty right there in between the high end vehicles (MB, BMW, AUDI) and the fast 4-bangers. Not to mention it has now inherited a direct comparison and competitiveness against the SRT8.
I kind of disagree with you about the economy. I believe it is a bit better than it was back then and the fact that right now we see a glimmer of light in our economy. Maybe not speaking from a national debt point-of-view, but rather the fact that most Americans are buying homes again, and consumerism is on the rise.
Lastly, personally I have never been a fan of Pontiac, as capable as the GXP may be. Chevy is a much stronger brand and therefore has a stronger appeal.
As always, these are of course all speculations until these events come to fruition. However, I do believe and hope the SS will sell well.
 

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One difference is the SS is not an unknown vehicle, when the G8 first arrived in the US very few knew what it was, many still don't.
WTF a V8 RWD sedan from gm??? without the G8 the SS would have the same problem.
 

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One difference is the SS is not an unknown vehicle, when the G8 first arrived in the US very few knew what it was, many still don't.
WTF a V8 RWD sedan from gm??? without the G8 the SS would have the same problem.
I totally agree! Pontiac has always been a performance trend setter for GM. The GTO set the stage for the Chevelle SS, the Trans Am for the Z28. In fact Chevy had given up on the Z28 until the TA sales were going thru the roof in 77. The Chevy models were always more popular once established because the were less expensive. Too bad Pontiac isn't around anymore to set the table for GM.
 

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Chevrolet SS has started rolling off the line at the Elizabeth assembly plant in Oz this week.

the first production models started rolling along on Tuesday

Holden managing director Mike Devereux saw the cars being built: “We started building them this week and I saw five or six going down the line on Tuesday.”


Adding this: “We will build as many as they want and I think Americans are going to love that car.”

As a reminder the SS goes on sale here in the last quarter of 2013, barring setbacks of course.

Pricing between the American SS and its Australian blood donor actually has a significant gap even factoring in exchange. $44,470 for the SS compared to $51,490 for the 6.0L Redline at an exchange rate of 1 USD= 1.09 AUD, the SS price in AUD would be $48,472, so we will be saving at least a couple grand.

Chevy is expecting SS production at around 10,000 to 15,000 per year, but we knew that.
ahh i was wondering if anything had been officially confirmed yet.

as far as pricing goes, comparing it to a SSV or Redline still isn't even quite right. The Chev SS has some standard features that even our Clubsport/GTS doesn't get. (Paddle shifters, cooled seats, extra airbags, XM radio just a couple off the top of my head)

The US spec seats are awesome, nothing like any of the ones we get over here, and i'd love to know what the legalities on exhaust sound levels is in the USA. The sound of the SS starting up as MASSIVELY louder than anything we get!
 

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I think the quoted production numbers is a misquote. At first we were told 5,000 and then that dropped down to 3,500....now Autoblog is reporting 10-15k???? Somethings not quite right here.
 

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You're right!

I think the quoted production numbers is a misquote. At first we were told 5,000 and then that dropped down to 3,500....now Autoblog is reporting 10-15k???? Somethings not quite right here.
A couple possibilities: Either Chevy wanted to hype up the limited quantities tactic but planned on making more from the get go.

Or they got a load of pre-orders and are making way more.

Or both. haha!
 

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The US spec seats are awesome, nothing like any of the ones we get over here, and i'd love to know what the legalities on exhaust sound levels is in the USA. The sound of the SS starting up as MASSIVELY louder than anything we get!
Please tell me the SS is coming with the quad exhausts.
 

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No they have dual exhaust similar to our SV6, unsure what the reason is, but they definitely sound much better than any other car we build
 

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No they have dual exhaust similar to our SV6, unsure what the reason is, but they definitely sound much better than any other car we build
Interesting... Is the exhaust setup similar to the g8 gxp? 4 small pup catalytic converters?
 

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A couple possibilities: Either Chevy wanted to hype up the limited quantities tactic but planned on making more from the get go.

Or they got a load of pre-orders and are making way more.

Or both. haha!
Yea i agree with the first scenario, announce limited availability, pre orders pour in, announce more are coming. I also think announcing the SS as limited production allows some goosing of the price.
 
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