• Jun 29, 2009
Daewoo Matiz spy shots - Click above for high-res image gallery

The folks at Noticias Automotivas have scored shots of what looks to be the next-generation Daewoo Matiz, the subcompact hatch that we know better as the Chevrolet Spark.

The budget runabout is clearly very similar to General Motors' 2007 Beat concept and is in fact bang-on the Bowtie-badged production-intent model we saw displayed at this year's Geneva Motor Show, albeit with a Daewoo-specific upper and lower grilles, less stylized fog lamps and discount looking wheels.

Inside, the motorcycle-like gauge binnacle appears to have to have made the transition to production as expected, although as we were not permitted to touch the Geneva car, we can't tell if it's a tilt/telescope assembly.

Check out the gallery of images below.




[Source: Noticias Automotivas]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      If you want to continue the political rant you could also point to the Democratic push to force lenders to give home loans to unqualified home buyers, thereby ensuring a steady supply of defaulted mortgages.

      As for the car, it looks as if GM has learned nothing from the Aztec.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is GM's effort to go toe-to-toe with the Fit and Fiesta? Yikes. Should have saved themselves the effort and just kept the Aveo...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Or the Geo Metro.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Current Daewoo line-up in small car segments:

        A-segment: Matiz/Spark
        B-segment: Kalos/Aveo
        C-segment: Lacetti/Cruze
        • 5 Years Ago
        The cars looked fine in Transformers because they were the concepts! The Beat and the Trax looks awesome! The Spark is an ugly derivative!

        Same-ole GM crap. Awesome concept turns into pos reality.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They did keep it and it's getting an update somewhere in the near future. Let's see how that works out.

        Also this is probably just a korea thing. The cars looked fine in transformers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "This is GM's effort to go toe-to-toe with the Fit and Fiesta? Yikes. Should have saved themselves the effort and just kept the Aveo..." - Dustin


        No, the Spark/Matiz is A-segment - so think Ford Ka, Peugeot 107, Toyota Aygo, Volkswagen Fox, Citroen C1, Fiat Panda and Opel Agila as arch rivals.

        Oh, and Autoblog: the old Daewoo Matiz was rebadged the Spark for a number of markets, so the badging on the new car should not come as any surprise whatsoever.

      • 5 Years Ago
      This is why Koreans shouldn't be allowed to build cars.

      Why, oh why, does GM feel the need to make this? Do they really think making another far-sub-par econo-toaster will make us all say to ourselves "OH! I GUESS GM REALLY IS COMMITED TO GOOD CARS."

      This isn't the way to the future, GM. The way to the future is making solid C and D segment cars with extreme fuel economy and good performance.

      I hope GM Daewoo goes under so they're forced to move engineering back to America.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Hey Suzie, I smell your cookies burning.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The future doesn't belong to small cars. The vast majority of Americans don't want to drive around in toasters."

        I hate to break this to you Suzie but if you happen to look at a globe or a world atlas, there are far more countries than just the United States. And in many countries which have dense populations and urban environments, city cars are vital to mainstream manufacturers. The USA is not the Spark's primary market or primary intended market either.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Suzie

        > Why, oh why, does GM feel the need to make this?

        The future belongs to small cars, not large gas guzzlers.

        > The way to the future is making solid C and D segment cars with extreme fuel economy and good performance.

        All GM car engineering is to be done by Daewoo from now on after Opel sale. You just eat what Daewoo cooks up for you.

        > I hope GM Daewoo goes under so they're forced to move engineering back to America.

        Korean government actually wants to let Daewoo go bankrupt so that it could resell it to Samsung, and GM is desperate to keep Daewoo.

        Daewoo is a rare GM asset where there are willing buyers but GM is refusing to sell.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The future doesn't belong to small cars. The vast majority of Americans don't want to drive around in toasters. The smallest segment that will ever have a chance of being widespread is the C segment.

        GM still engineers cars in America. GM Daewoo engineers B segment and a small amount of the C segment Cruze platform.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree on all doesn't want to drive small cars. I am from India and immigrated to Canada 4 yrs back, I know how it feels when you drive a small car and big car. I love driving big cars.

        Fuel economy is the problem because of gas prices. The difference between America and rest of America is Rest of America will try to run small cars, under powered ones and America will replace Gas with electricity and still drive big cars.

        When i was in India , It was not thinkable to drive on electricity because we have daily 1 hr power cuts but in Canada its different. In last visit to India, i felt Honda CRV is too big in Indian roads and in Canada CRV is the smallest suv.

        So Some part of world will drive small cars, some part will still drive big cars with different technology.

        Wait for 10 years and see , 70's kind of cars are going to be back on roads with different technology in North America - all electric because there is a lot land to put another power plant to make power.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the point is that the future points towards small and midsize cars, not midsize and gargantuan cars. obviously, a family of four should not be trying to fit in a Spark; but they don't need a Suburban either. it makes perfect sense for someone to have a small car when theyre single, a midsize car when starting a family, and maybe a crossover/ suv if the family gets large.
      • 5 Years Ago
      They really took out a lot of the dramatic surfacing from the concept's front end which makes it look cheaper and flat-nosed. I hope the Chevy version is more like the concept and I hope that wheel size is not even available.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If the front and wheels on that Geneva car make production, it's safe to say that finally, a US-market version will look better than its overseas counterpart.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Suzie, the Cruze is almost entirely Daewoo. It's primary intended replacement worldwide is the Lacetti and its rebadged derivatives. It sits on the Delta II, which was mainly engineered in Germany.

        The North American market model will utilise more parts suppliers in North America than the UNECE-spec model.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I disagree - Daewoo has an good slice of its domestic market. It's exceptionally important there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @hypermiler

        The Cruze isn't entirely Daewoo. Much of the engineering in it was done in the United States.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Protzenegger

        > If the front and wheels on that Geneva car make production

        It won't. You get to eat whatever Daewoo cooks up.

        Korean car regulation that governs Daewoo-engineered cars(Spark, Aveo, Cruze, Orlando) imposes a dimensional restriction on Matiz/Spark and it is forced to look like that.

        > a US-market version will look better than its overseas counterpart.

        You got it backward. From Daewoo's perspective, the US market version is the overseas version.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It isn't just Korean regulations which govern the car's design. This product will be sold internationally, therefore the product must be designed to meet regulations worldwide with the minimum of cost to vary the design from market to market. Almost everywhere, with the exception of the US and Canada, adopts UNECE safety regulations.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are Americans really crying out for a car like this? Is this supposed to be a move in the right direction and towards a profitable GM?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Let's recap on your two questions:

        "Are Americans really crying out for a car like this?"

        Probably not - but given that the USA is not the Spark/Matiz's primary market, it's a moot point as far GM's global operations are concerned.

        "Is this supposed to be a move in the right direction and towards a profitable GM?"

        Absolutely it is. The A-segment/city car market is cutthroat in many parts of the world, such as Europe, the Asian subcontinent, and Asian Pacific Rim markets. And if it's built in a labour market which is comparatively inexpensive, it'll be profitable. The current Matiz/Spark is now almost twelve years old and long overue for replacement considering more modern rivals in this segment from the likes of Ford (Ka), Fiat (Panda), Toyota (Aygo), Hyundai (i10), Kia (Picanto), Vauxhall/Opel (Agila), Peugeot (107), Citroen (C1) and Volkswagen (Fox).

        If you questions are directed solely at the US market's take on the car, your questions are largely irrelevant.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Given that its built in Korea and primarily intended for Europe and the Far East (as was the case with the first-generation Matiz), your point is a moot one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        GM has said they are bringing this car to America in 2011. Correct? Launching a new car in the States is by no means an inexpensive endeavor. Correct?

        My original point is not a moot one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not this **** again. I'm not even going to try and argue back. This is a CAR WEBSITE if you want to talk about politics go on Foxnewsblog.com or go troll on MSNBCblog.com or something.
      • 5 Years Ago
      no, ronEbear, the topic is the Chevy Spark/Daewoo Matiz -- not your politics.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @ ronEbear

      > Nice to see that the Koreans will benefit from GM being saved by the government of the Socialist United States .

      Not at all, as Korean government is demanding the control of Daewoo back.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll wait to pass judgement util i actually get to set in one. The gauge pod looks a little cheap to me. I like the exterior styling a lot.
      • 5 Years Ago
      @ Suzie

      > The future doesn't belong to small cars.

      How the hell are you supposed to meet 42 MPG CAFE mileage by 2016 by selling big cars?

      > The vast majority of Americans don't want to drive around in toasters.

      The US federal law insists that you drive one.

      > GM still engineers cars in America.

      Yes, Cadillacs and a few biggies being phased out.

      > GM Daewoo engineers B segment and a small amount of the C segment Cruze platform.

      Daewoo engineers GM's A, B and C platforms, and would add D platform depending on the outcome of Opel sale. This is why GM is refusing to sell back control of Daewoo to Korean government, as GM planned to consolidate its car engineering to Daewoo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        *Information about the wholesale destruction of the american auto engineering base, that is.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Suzie - the Delta and Epsilon platforms were both almost entirely engineered at Opel by GME.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @hypermiler

        Mid sized cars such as the Chevrolet Malibu are not "big cars." D segment can get 35, C segment can get in the 40s, sprinkle a few urban runabouts in and you're fine.

        GM still engineers FWD D and C segment cars in America.

        I don't know where you're getting your engineering about the wholesale destruction of the American auto engineering base.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The very basic fundamentals of the architecture, yes, but the finished products contain major input from the US-side firms.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well, it is certainly vastly better than the original Matiz.
      Also, this is a city/kei car, not a subcompact! Thus, this will NOT in any way replace the current Aveo.
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