• Feb 10, 2009
Click above for a hi-res gallery of the 2010 Chevy Spark

The Chevy Spark was leaked on the eve of the Detroit Auto Show, but it was MIA during the next day's GM press conference "car parade." In its stead, we saw the Beat concept once again as GM announced that the Spark would indeed go into production next year. The mystery of why the actual Spark didn't appear in Motown was solved by our friends at Kicking Tires, and today GM has fully revealed the car ahead of its debut next month in Geneva.

2010 Chevy SparkAs you can see, the production Spark retains most of its Beat cues, right down to that tree-frog-green color, but adds a second set of passenger doors. In a bid to try and keep the original's 3-door look, the rear handles are hidden up in the window blackout trim. This is better executed here than it is, say, on the Jeep Compass, but it's still obviously a 5-door. Inside, you'll find a simplified take on the Chevy brand's current cockpit design, dressed up with body-colored door trim panels and seats that feature contrast stitching and a color-accented fabric pattern. The Instrument cluster is mounted directly to the steering column. GM calls it motorcycle-inspired, but more importantly, it would appear to let the General easily reconfigure the setup for right-hand drive markets.

The Spark will launch in Europe early next year with 1.0L and 1.2L DOHC gas engines, and though nothing's been said, we'd imagine that a diesel will have to make it into the mix soon thereafter. Sales in other markets will follow, including the U.S. in 2011, as previously announced in Detroit. We'll have in-person feedback on the Spark for you next month from Geneva. In the meantime, follow the jump for a design overview video and GM's complete press release.


[Source: GM]



PRESS RELEASE:
Chevrolet Spark: World Premiere at Geneva Auto Show

Fun and fashion add sizzle to mini-car segment
Youthful interior with motorcycle-inspired instrument cluster
Fuel-efficient 1.0-liter and 1.2-liter 4-cylinder DOHC engines


All-new mini-car with maximum attitude
The all-new Chevrolet Spark, making its world premiere at the Geneva auto show in March, is a small car designed to make a big statement. It's big on style, big on fuel economy and, like all products carrying the Chevrolet gold bowtie, big on refinement and value.

Its design breaks the mold for mini-cars and takes Chevrolet's signature styling elements to this vehicle segment in a youthful, fun and fashion-conscious way.

Spark was inspired by the Chevrolet Beat concept, the most popular of a trio of mini-car concepts that has toured international auto shows since 2007. A clear majority among 1.9 million internet voters said it was the car they wanted produced.

Exterior
The crisp lines of the five-door hatchback provide a wedge-like profile. Below Chevrolet's hallmark two-tier grille and headlamps that resemble diamond cut lines, the shape of the fog lamp housings and the "floating" lower air intake extend the sense of forward movement. Strong wheel arches accommodate up to 15-inch wheels to give the car a dynamic, ready-to-go stance.

The rear door handles are integrated into the upper part of the door to preserve the clean lines of rear quarter panel and wheel arches. In the rear, an integrated tailgate spoiler and Chevrolet's round tail lights add to Spark's appeal.

With an overall length of 3,640 mm and a generous 2,375 mm wheelbase, Spark offers a spacious cabin with outstanding leg and hip room in the front and rear.

Interior
The design of Spark's spacious cabin clearly matches its fun and fashion exterior look and functionality. A unique feature is the motorcycle-inspired instrument cluster. Mounted on the steering column, it provides easy- to- read information to the driver utilizing a combination of analog and digital displays.

With fresh colors and fabrics, exterior color schemes continue inside to Chevrolet's signature 'dual cockpit' layout and the door panels. Textured inserts flow from the instrument panel to each side of the cabin into the doors, adding another eye-catching element to the interior.

Spark also boasts a high level of interior acoustic refinements typical of larger vehicles.

Engines and safety
Sales will start in Europe featuring 1.0 and 1.2-liter 16-valve four-cylinder double overhead camshaft gasoline engines, delivering excellent fuel efficiency and low emissions.

Depending on global markets, safety equipment includes driver and passenger front air bags, front side airbags, roof rail head curtain airbags, antilock brakes and electronic stability control. Other safety features include pre-tensioners for front seat belts and three-point belts in the rear. Spark has been developed and is expected to achieve high crash test ratings.

Europe leads start of sales
Spark will be available in European dealerships early 2010, followed by other global regions. Spark is the newest in a series of all-new, globally developed Chevrolet vehicles that are defined by expressive design, refinement and value.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      @ Hypermiler:

      [url]http://www.channel4.com/4car/ft/feature/motor+show/12917/1[/url]

      The Beat uses a modified variant of the Agila/Splash's architecture. The Agila II and Splash was a JV between GME and Suzuki; the basic underpinnings of the Swift were shortened extensively and then re-engineered at GME's Opel facilities with the European market primarily in mind.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GM_Delta_II_platform

      Delta II, as with Epsilon II, was developed specifically under the direction of GME. The first Delta II incarnation is the latest Daewoo Lacetti which will be marketed at the Chevrolet Cruze elsewhere, along with the upcoming mkVI Astra and the Volt/Ampere.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This Spark is ridiculous. Even with customers clearly communicating through a vote that they wanted the 2 door Beat, GM still remains clueless and decides not only to not offer the Beat, but also not to offer the Groove or Traxx (which happen to be better looking that the Spark). I am just dumbfounded by the lack of 2 and 3 door offerings by GM and other manufacturers, particularly in this size of vehicles. I will definitely not be buying this size of vehicle to haul family or friends. It would be strictly a work commuter. Now the doors are so friggin' dainty, it will be difficult for us six footers to ingress and egress. It's worthless as a family hauler, but now GM screwed up and made it worthless as a commuter.

      • 5 Years Ago
      A good premise and very much in tune with 'now', but the exterior is just way too busy for my liking. It seems they took a 2000 Pontiac Grand Am, squished it, and cleaned it up (a little) to make this hatch. I hope that the imminent future of frugality doesn't have such a distasteful design penalty to pay. It all depends on the drive, I have been surprised by affordable and efficient cars before.
      • 5 Years Ago
      http://www.seat.com/com/generator/su/com/newIbiza08/site/choices/colours/main,lang=en.html

      Odd resemblance in some detailing like the fog light holes and some of the side creases...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Someone take away the ugly stick from GM.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yes four door is more practical I noticed there are more Honda Fits compare to Toyota Yaris because Toyota only sells 3 doors right now that is why they want to bring the 5 doors Yaris to America A.S.A.P
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice as a city car, but outclassed on the highways.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The design definitely isn't subtle, but I don't mind it. I think the back looks better than the front. The front features are so huge that they dwarf the wheels.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So is this thing even smaller than the Aveo5?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes that why Chevy is calling it a Mini- Car.....
      • 5 Years Ago
      This looks suspicoisly like the current Daewoo/Chevy Aveo. I bet it uses the same Chassis and shares most of its parts.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Tim - the Spark is an A-segment hatch and uses the same platform as the Vauxhall/Opel Agila and Susuki Splash. The car was designed in-house by GM and engineered in Germany by GME.

        The Aveo (aka Daewoo Kalos) is a B-segment hatch and derives much of its platform from the old Daewoo Lanos, and that car was engineered by Daewoo. The Kalos/Aveo's design was contracted out to Guigiaro in Italy.

        The upcoming 2012 Aveo replacement will be al all new car using GME's Gamma II platform, which will also underpin the next-generation Vauxhall/Opel Corsa.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Fortunately, it does not. The Aveo was designed and engineered entirely by Daewoo. While the Beat will be built in South Korea at a Daewoo plant, it was engineered entirely by Opel in Germany on a platform unrelated to anything Daewoo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        suspiciously
        • 5 Years Ago
        http://www.businessweek.com/autos/autobeat/archives/2009/01/all_eyes_on_gm.html

        "The first is the Chevy Spark, a Korean-engineered microcar with Boy Racer looks that will take square aim at Smart"

        @Dazza, Actually, the Spark was designed in-house by Daewoo and engineered in Korea by Daewoo and/or GMDAT(GM Daewoo Auto & Technology).
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is a rebadged Daewoo Beat going on sale this year in Korea. Beat is actually smaller than Aveo.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like it.

      I hate to tell all you Biatchez out there but the kids love this kind of stuff. How many of you thought the Xb had a chance?

      A lot of young families are going to look at this and be just fine with it until they can move up to something else. College kids will throw their friends in the back on the way to Mexico for the wkknd, etc.

      When I bought my Festiva in '88 my dad warned me that it was too small to do anything and dangerous.

      Well, my first road trip was four homos (and all their Gel and bags) from L.A. to San Francisco (Did you doubt?) for a weekend.

      Three years later a '72 Malibu filled with a bunch of laughing Cholos on Angel Dust (remember Angel Dust? 'Memories, light the corners of my mind..") hit me dead on. That little ass skate ran for another month before giving out. And even then it was only because I couldn't pry the hood open to put water in the radiator!

      I have owned everything from '70's station wagons to '60's sports cars and each car brought it's own kegger to the party.

      There's something and someone for every taste.
      restiller
      • 5 Years Ago
      Too bad they went to 4 doors, now it looks like an edgier Aveo...and that's not a good thing. Another fail thanks to input from the marketing department. Good luck with your resurrection, GM. This car is now off my list. Now that leaves the Toyota iQ, Mazda 2, or Ford Fiesta.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @restiller
        No, Pariah, you're talking about advertising, not marketing. Ever heard of marketing research? That's what restiller is talking about. He/she is assuming that GM's marketing department said the market for a 2-door a-segment vehicle is smaller than the market for a 4-door a-segment vehcile, so make 'er a 4 door!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @restiller
        Marketing generates interest for the cars that are already made and has virtually no input on new model design. Totally different universe. Don't get me wrong, marketing is a lot of BS, but we're usually the ones that have to take something like this and make it cool long after the poor decisions have been made.
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