• Aug 6, 2008
Testing of the Chevy Beat is officially underway, and our friends at NextAutos have procured the first set of spy shots. The camo'd mule is still sporting the short overhangs and upright silhouette of the concept, but GM decided to equip the squat city car with another set of doors to make ingress and egress easier for rear-seat passengers.
Initial reports suggest that power will be provided by a 1.2-liter 16-valve DOHC inline-four, mated to either a manual or automatic gearbox. The Beat will make its production debut sometime in 2010 and will go on sale in Europe in early 2011. As previously reported, the Beat won't be making the trek to the U.S. until it meets the fed's crash-test standards, so we won't get a shot at the Beat until the next generation arrives – whenever that is.


[Source: NextAutos]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      If GM is still to dumb to produce cars that meet US regulations then they will die sooner then we all thought. I guess Toyota can do it on the Scion line without waiting untill the next generations. All I can say is waht a bunch of Smucks...............
      • 6 Years Ago
      I doubt GM as we know it now will survive to sell this cars 2nd gereration in the USA. And that's probably the reason they never intended to sell it here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Love the 13" wheels and the big, round, dorky mirrors. Beat FTW!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I do find the comment that Beat does not meet US crash regulations strange, because it is designed to pass even tougher Euro NCAP.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Neither is tougher or easier. They have different attributes to them. In some ways ours is harder (like bumper standards). In some ways theirs are harder (like pedestrian impact standards).

        Remember, Lotus had to get lots of waivers to bring the Elise here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      American revolution, my ass
      • 6 Years Ago
      Not engineered for US standards: Un-be-lievable...

      This kind of decision-making is precisely the reason why GM is going to go under. There is no doubt in my mind anymore. It WILL happen. When it does, the United States will take a massive economic hit. Be ready.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think this has just raised the bar for crazy camouflage on test cars.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks FAT. Buy hey this car is not coming to US so our opinion does not matter.
      • 6 Years Ago
      2010? the big 3 may be all gone or own by Tata. India ROCK!!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice to see GM bringing back the 10inch steel wheel.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Chevy needs to produce all three of their subcompact concept cars (engineer them as one model and make available three different versions, if necessary) and put them in Chevy showrooms yesterday. Make available a large selection of accessories form the dealer, like Scion. These cars are everything the boring Aveo should be.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What is the point of this vehicle, if they don't plan on bringing it to the United States?!
        • 6 Years Ago
        In recent years, explorers have sent back credible reports of an "old world" just across the Atlantic to the east. It is possible these landmasses even support reasonably-sized civilizations.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I_Hate_China, the Beat is not a Kei Car. It's a Small B-segment, large A-segment. Roughly the size of a Toyota Aygo, maybe a bit bigger.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Business is up across the pond, and in the far east. That's the point. As soon as winter hits and Americans forget they're paying 70% more for gas they'll forget about small/gas efficient cars (until summer 09 when it happens all over again)
        • 6 Years Ago
        > What is the point of this vehicle, if they don't plan on bringing it to the United States?

        The market for Kei-car is far greater outside of USA, even in the age of $4/gallon gas prices.
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