Chevrolet has launched an 'HHR Panel' commercial version of its five-seat passenger-carrying Chrysler PT Cruiser competitor.

The body features steel inserts in place of side windows and cargo doors in place of conventional rear doors. The cargo doors open wide to enable cargo access from both sides of the vehicle, as well as from the rear liftgate.

The cargo doors don't have external handles; they are opened via a dashboard release button.

The continuous "canvas" created by the windowless cargo doors and rear panels provides a large area for business logos, advertising or personalisation.

An auxiliary power outlet is optional in the rear of the cargo area, with optional 40-amp service for a variety of specialty equipment needs.

Inside, the HHR Panel has seating for two and a large, flat cargo floor. Tie-down points are located strategically on the floor and the available, robust floor mats enable easier movement of cargo.

Two large storage compartments are located under the cargo floor - in the approximate place of the rear seats of passenger models. When ordered with the optional lockable doors, the compartments are secure and large enough to hold small computer equipment, flashlights, service manuals and other valuable equipment that is more secure when hidden.

The HHR Panel is available in LS and LT trim and with 149hp 2.2-litre or 175hp 2.4-litre petrol engine.

Power front seats, radios with MP3 capability, XM Satellite Radio and OnStar are available on both LS and LT models. LT models also offer 17-inch wheels and leather-appointed seating.

Production is expected to start late in the first quarter of 2007.