Every auto maker wants buzz prior to the introduction of a new vehicle, but not the kind surrounding the debut of General Motors Corp.’s HHR cross/utility vehicle. Even before it officially was unveiled at the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show in early January, some auto analysts and media critics were lambasting it as a late-to-the-party knock-off of the Chrysler Group’s PT Cruiser. GM’s HHR crossover will go on sale in the second half of 2005. “Basically, no originality. Overweight, ...

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