2014 Chevrolet SS

2014 Chevrolet SS banned in Israel over alleged Nazi association

The all-new Chevrolet SS will not be imported to Israel because the “SS” monicker is too reminiscent of the abbreviated name for the Schutzstaffel, a Nazi Party parliamentary group.

The all-new Chevrolet SS may be one of most highly anticipated vehicles of 2013, but not everyone is excited about its arrival. While most countries are counting down the days before it hits dealerships, Israel appears to be the lone exception. In fact, a new report by the Hebrew daily newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth via the Times of Israel states that the 2014 Chevrolet SS will not be imported to Israel because the “SS” tag is similar to the abbreviated name for Schutzstaffel, which was a major parliamentary group under Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party.

Baruch Shuv, a manager of the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and chairman of the Organization of Partisans, Underground Fighters and Ghetto Rebels, told the Hebrew newspaper that “the use of this name is very inappropriate…It is not a name that will bring them pride or success.”

The Chevrolet SS made its debut this past weekend at the Daytona International Speedway. The SS will be used in the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and is set to replace the Car of Tomorrow on the NASCAR circuit. Chevrolet joins Toyota and Ford, who have already unveiled their production-based 2013 Cup entries.


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And for the same reason, it won't sell well in Germany, I bet.