Chevy Hopes its Newest Micro Car Will Be a “Spark”


General Motors has just released the first official photo of its newest micro car, the Spark. The newest addition to the Chevy family, the Spark takes its roots from the funky little Beat concept from last year. You remember the Beat, the Trax and the Groove from last year’s New York Auto Show, right? Not many people do.

Still, the three little cars were a sort of live survey where GM asked showgoers which design they liked best. In the end, the Beat won and became the Spark after a very small re-style to comply with regular safety features. All the cars were built using the advantages of General Motors’ partnership with Korean manufacturer Daewoo. Though the Spark will ultimately be assembled by Daewoo, all the design and R&D work credit goes to GM’s German subsidiary, Opel.

No word on powertrain specs yet, but I doubt we will get the 1.0-liter, four-cylinder that the Pacific markets get. Instead, we’ll probably see a 1.2 or 1.4-liter for the North American market. The Spark will be available in the fourth quarter of 2011, probably as a 2012 model. While pricing remains a mystery, don’t expect it to deviate too far from the outgoing Aveo’s price tag.

Source: Automobile Magazine

Photo: General Motors