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U.S.-Bound 2013 Chevy Spark To Get Design Updates

 

Just last month we reported that the Chevy Spark minicar would find its way to America in 2012 as a 2013 model.

Now comes word that U.S. version of the Spark will receive small but significant design changes to meet U.S. safety standards.

The changes won’t have any impact on the car’s arrival in the U.S. market, slated for mid-year 2012.

Updates will include a larger grille, which will mirror the shape used on the Chevy Sonic, revised front-end styling and a modified lower air intake.

U.S.-bound Sparks will allegedly be powered by a 1.2-liter, four cylinder engine mated to a four speed automatic or a five speed manual transmission.

In Europe, the engine produces 80 horsepower and 80 foot pounds of torque, while delivering fuel economy of 46 mpg (based on the Euro test cycle, which produces numbers 10 to 20 percent higher than our own EPA testing).

The Spark will have the distinction of being the smallest car ever sold by Chevrolet in the U.S. market, as well as having the smallest engine ever offered in a Chevy automobile.

It will go head to head with the likes of the Scion iQ and the newly revitalized Smart Fortwo, both marketed to space-conscious urban dwellers.

[GM Inside News]

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  1. Wow! Great to see GM is finally smartening up and bringing this car over to the US also. I could see this becoming the next Cruze. If its successful everywhere else, why not try the North American market! Talk over at http://www.sparkownersforum.com seems to think this could easily be the next Cruze, but I am a bit worried about the Chevy Sonic, isn't this competing in the same market?
     
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  2. @Paul, not quite. The Sonic is a subcompact, aimed at the likes of the Ford Fiesta and the Hyundai Accent. The Spark is a minicar, and will go head to head with the Smart Fortwo and the Scion iQ.
     
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  3. Oh okay, makes sense. Thanks Kurt.
     
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  4. I would class the Smart and IQ as microcars if the Spark is a minicar. Different concept and packaging for the two small ones make them unique with no competitors.
     
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  5. This car is the GM version of the Suzuki wagon R out of Japan. The previous version was a more boxy design within the same length and was much more practical compared to this stylised version which in my oppinion is hideous. By choosing style over function it has lost its main attraction of being a functional space efficient carryall within a small footprint. I owned the previous model and loved it but was not tempted by the new one.
     
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  6. @insight, actually the Spark is based on the Daewoo Matiz, which itself was originally a Giorgio Giugiaro styled Fiat 500 copy. Daiwoo later sued China's Chery, who blatantly copied the design with its own Chery QQ.
     
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  7. @ Kurt Ernst.. actually the Daewoo/Chevrolet Matiz is a different smaller class of car that has been discontinued. The new Spark is a derivative of the Suzuki Splash which has been on the market in the UK for three years.The Suzuki Splash is the latest generation of the long running Wagon R. In the UK The Suzuki wagon R was also sold as a Vauxhall Agila which had its own eco tech engine and very minor trim differences from the Suzuki.Do a web search of the above names for pictures and specs which show similarities of the three.
     
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  8. @ Kurt Ernst...MY humble appologies Kurt, you are correct about the sparks ancestry and I am totally wrong. While the spark resembles the Suzuki Splash and GM at one time dealt with Suzuki I assumed wrong before doing the research.Upon taking my own advice above of doing a search discovered my mistake. Again apolgies for being a dunce.
     
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  9. @insight, no worries at all. We've all been there, and I appreciate your feedback on my articles.
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