• Dec 18, 2008
Click above for image gallery of the Chevy Beat prototype

AB reader Kyle Swift just sent us a few cellphone pics he took of a Chevrolet Beat prototype lounging around at New York's Rochester Institute of Technology. The camouflaged runabout was spotted in a parking lot on the university's grounds, possibly visiting from nearby Delphi.

As you may recall, the Chevy Beat was the most popular of a trio of concepts Chevy showed to the world at the 2007 New York Auto Show. Based on General Motors' new global mini-car platform, the Beat was designed as the sportiest of the triplets with a 1.2L turbocharged gas engine mated to an automatic transmission.

At the 2007 L.A. Auto Show, Bob Lutz announced that the Beat will go into global production outside of North America in mid-2009. Production is set to begin in South Korea where the car was originally created at GM's design studio in Bupyeong. Since its concept unveiling, the Beat has grown an extra set of doors to ease rear-seat ingress and egress, and sadly, word is that it has also dropped its turbocharger. The production 1.2L 16-valve DOHC inline-four will be mated to either a manual or automatic gearbox, however.

The Beat is expected to 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 coming to the U.S. until it meets federal crash-test standards, which means we probably won't see it until at least 2012. A big hat tip to Kyle.




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      • 6 Years Ago
      Another brilliant decision: not to design this car from the outset for North America. How did the N American car manufacturers come to such a disastrous predicament? They were lead there by the top executives, making such dumb, short sited, stupid rescissions such as this. The leadership should have taken steps to prevent the long road into disaster back in the eighty's. When the best selling name car in America was handed over to the foreign manufacturers’ something should have twigged, but nothing came about it but more lame product. You can argue over workers pay, but those that lead the company made sure (like their wall street brethren) they got their bonus despite such consistently bad corporate decisions. Hey, Board of Directors, why don’t you claw back the bonuses? And fire yourselves while your at it. Give the company a break.
      • 6 Years Ago
      GM surely has lots of Daewoos driven around in the US; Beat, Cruze, Volt(which was stock Lacetti that Rick Wagoner drove to Senate). What's next, Winstorm to replace Vue and Equinox?

      Is this the future of GM? A distributor of import cars?
        • 6 Years Ago
        GM is Daewoo. The Cruze will be built in Ohio. It is a world car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      chevrolet cruze, aka daewoo lacetti premium, is engineered and designed by daewoo, with its engine and platform coming from opel. so it is a daewoo. But then, daewoo is GM, so it is GM as well..

      Volt on the other hand, has no ties to daewoo i think...
      • 6 Years Ago
      PIC 6 (VOICE BORAT) AH NICE HOW MUCH?
      • 6 Years Ago
      WTF? I thought that the 5-door version of the Beat was the Groove. Thanks for nothing GM, I'll just get my turbo-powered supermini from a foreign competitor instead.
        • 6 Years Ago
        It's possible that they are planning a 3 and 5 door version.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The Cruze is NOT a Daewoo. It is built on GM's Delta II platform. The new Deawoo Lacetti is an example of the platform sharing going in the opposite direction.

      As for the Volt, there is absolutly no link to Daewoo except that the Volt is also Delta II based.
        • 6 Years Ago
        > The Cruze is NOT a Daewoo.

        Then why is Daewoo the only one selling it, and why all Euro Cruze are built by Daewoo.

        > It is built on GM's Delta II platform.

        Daewoo Delta II has nothing to do with Opel Delta I; Delta II is a mid-sizer.

        > As for the Volt, there is absolutly no link to Daewoo except that the Volt is also Delta II based.

        Well, the Volt mule that Wagoner drove to the US Senate looked stock Lacetti, complete with stock grill(a Daewoo grill, not a Chevy grill), bumper and door handle.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Daewoo is the FIRST to sell it.

        Delta II is not midsize. It was originally called "Global compact car architecture" within GM. The platform will also be used by Opel for the next gen Astra.

        The most likey reason that the Volt mule in DC used Daewoo bodywork is availibility of the parts.
        • 6 Years Ago
        chevrolet cruze, aka daewoo lacetti premium, is engineered and designed by daewoo, with its engine and platform coming from opel. so it is a daewoo. But then, daewoo is GM, so it is GM as well..

        Volt on the other hand, has no ties to daewoo i think...
      • 6 Years Ago
      If you want to look stupid just go buy a Smart For 2 now, no need to wait for this disappointment in 2012. I think the Suzuki one is better looking personally and available now.
      http://www.suzukiauto.com/sx4_crossover/
      • 6 Years Ago
      Please be good.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks... just like the concept, except with wing mirrors.
      • 6 Years Ago

      Until gas prices go up again there may not be much demand for this car among American consumers.
      • 6 Years Ago
      When I first saw this pic, I thought Jeremy Clarkson has had his way with a supermini and a chainsaw again... lol.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Production model will probably come with those same wheels and ride hieght :(
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