The recently introduced 2014 Chevrolet SS muscle car has been welcomed in NASCAR country with open arms, but GM’s latest halo car isn’t getting as warm of a response in The Holy Land.
It’s not the performance of the 415 hp V8-powered sedan that’s at issue, but the name: SS.
It’s short for Super Sport, but an official at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem says the name evokes memories of Nazi Germany’s paramilitary Schutzstaffel organization, infamously known as the SS, which was the primary force behind the Holocaust that killed over 6 million Jews in Nazi occupied lands.
“The use of this name is very inappropriate, Baruch Shuv told Yedioth Ahronoth. Shuv, who is also the head of the Organization of Partisans, Underground Fighters and Ghetto Rebels in Israel added that “it is not a name that will bring them pride or success.”
However, Chevrolet spokesperson Michael Albano tells FoxNews.com that “Chevrolet has no plans to export the SS to Israel.”
Chevy has used SS for over 50 years as a model designation for some of its highest performance cars without ever facing this level of official criticism. It is currently found on the Camaro SS, but the new sedan is the first car to feature it as a standalone name.
The Australian-built sedan is expected to go on sale in the U.S. late this year.