• Jan 10, 2009
As the hours wind down before the 2009 Detroit Auto Show finally kicks off in the morning, more vehicles are leaking through the manufacturers' embargo nets. The latest addition to the list is the 2010 Chevy Spark, teased earlier this week on Today by GM design honcho Ed Welburn. Spark is the production version of the Chevy Beat concept that made its debut alongside the Trax and Groove at New York two years ago. Beat was the winner of a public poll to see which of the three microcar concepts would make it to production. We also know that Beat/Spark's going to get some time in the limelight as a character in this summer's Transformers sequel.

The itsy-bitsy new "world car" has grown a second set of doors in production trim, but otherwise, its styling remains remarkably true to the Beat show car. Roof rails hint at real-world practicality, and the fact that GM is choosing Detroit to unveil it suggests that maybe, just maybe, we'll see it here after all. We'll know more as the show gets officially underway, but we can say one thing: it's more interesting than the car it's presumably set to replace in other markets. We'll have plenty more when we see it up close.

[Source: WCF via CarSpyShots]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      I like it even better with the 4 doors.

      I liked the old name better though.
      • 6 Years Ago
      the concept lines where much cleaner than this thing.http://www.blogcdn.com/www.autoblog.com/media/2007/04/x07cc_ch128.jpg

      btw the roof rails are UGLY!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Is this car based on the Opel Aguila? Looks like a competitor to the KIA Soul and Scion Xb.
      • 6 Years Ago
      not sure if this is same size as Aveo and Fiesta, or smaller. Fiesta may well be the benchmark for their segment with the exterior design and interior materials.

      I'll give GM kudos for being faithful to the concept, as they have with their last several cars. If they keep the interior competitive as they have with the Malibu, it will be a winner in the markets they sell. Hopefully they had an eye to the US if gas skyrockets again.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Beat is about 3 inches narrower and an inch shorter than a Mini.
        • 6 Years Ago
        This is A-segment - it competes with the Toyota Aygo, Ford Ka, et al.
      • 6 Years Ago
      OH MY GOD!!!! Somebody took a picture of my puke and posted it on the internet!
      • 6 Years Ago
      They completely ruined the style! The bastards!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like a Versa mated with a Matrix and then they put Fit headlights on it...
      • 6 Years Ago
      I didn't think it was designed to be a global car. Hopefully the structure was designed with American standards in mind so they could sell it here. Put the 1.4 DI in that, it would be quite sprightly and perhaps, just maybe, even fun to drive.

      Also, a 1.0 3 cylinder option would be cool. yeah, it would be slow, but many of us are used to slow. As long as it doesn't violently shake at 65 on the freeway (warmly remembers Metro), we're good.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Chevy already screwed this up before even committing to production. As a tall person (6'2"), I actually fit into most small cars fairly well. However, the show stopper is when they put four dainty little doors on these things. That makes it very difficult to get in and out with tiny doors (and no, I'm not fat). I would much rather have two large manly size doors like on the concept. Plus, if I'm buying a car in this size category, IT'S DEFINITELY NOT FOR HAULING MORE THAN TWO PEOPLE. I would want this as an economical work commuter and grocery getter, NOT a family hauler. Also, the B pillar is pushed so far forward that it takes up shoulder room and blocks the side view. So the second set of doors actually detracts from the vehicle. ...not to mention the two door looks a bit more proportional and streamlined.

      So GM needs to get a clue and go with the original design.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Don't blame GM/Daewoo. Beat is a kei car designed around Korean auto regulations. While slightly larger than Japanese kei class, Korean kei cars are still tiny. You were not in Daewoo engineers' mind when they designed Beat.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think it would look better if the headlights weren't so huge- same for the 2011 Beat (from what I've seen)
        • 6 Years Ago
        It doesn't look any worse than a Yaris or a Versa but that's not saying much.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That Indian Spark site is so badass.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm seeing a little Peugeot, I forgot which one though.
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