SAN FRANCISO – The ’06 Chevrolet HHR’s biggest challenge, predicted by most of the all-new cross/utility vehicle’s critics, surfaces during the first stop of a daylong media test-drive along the northern California coast. As the cars pull up at Stinson Beach, about 20 miles (32 km) north of the city by the bay, a beach straggler inquires, “Is that the new PT Cruiser?” Ouch! Chevrolet had just spent hours making its case during a marketing presentation here that the HHR is no Chrysler PT ...

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