• Nov 21, 2009
The 2010 Chevy Spark is still said to be an "on-and-off thing" when it comes to the U.S., although now we are in an "on" phase. That's according to GM's Jack Keaton, the man in South Korea overseeing GM's minicar development. The miniature runabout is expected to make do with a 66-hp, 1.0-liter four-cylinder or a 78-hp, 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine that will be good for 47 mpg. Keaton's team is also investigating peripheral connectivity and, as if that weren't enough, he says, "We can even package the Spark for Big Gulp cupholders."

The issue is getting it here and on sale at the right moment. While this is an "on" phase, there are still regulatory issues and the matter of whether U.S. buyers are ready to make a minicar profitable. It will take something compelling to get Americans back into the frugal mindedness of last year, and gas isn't nearly expensive enough for that yet. The Spark's appearance in Chevy's American lineup does look to be an eventuality, though, when Keaton says "We have to start thinking now about how to meet the standards... and people will be looking for minicars and small cars to lead the way."

Nevertheless, while the Spark looks to be coming to America, it probably won't be built in America -- at least not until GM sees that the market here will be large enough to support it. We're all right with that for now; just get it here and make sure it doesn't do anything to remind us of Skid from Transformers.

[Source: Ward's Auto]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Billy bob will never understand this car, let alone be able to get his size 40 jeans into it,but there are people that will understand it and be able to use it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I've sat in the Korean production version and I am 6'4" and 230 lbs. with a size 36 waist and I had PLENTY of room! I could even sit in the back seat! Deceivingly large interior. I want it here!

        You should how it looks with some ZR-1 Rims and a big Carbon Fiber snorkle hood and spoiler!!

        Go GM!!!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Spark = angry chihuahua. It is ridiculous. And to the person who replied that I will learn to love cars like this when gas "goes to $8 a gallon", you are flat-out wrong. I'm a GM man all my life. I currently drive a pretty satisfactory '09 Cobalt LT XFE, but I am not willing to go any smaller. Mind you, I traded an '07 GMC Sierra reg cab shortbed on it, and I miss the comfort and driving ease of that truck. I am looking into a 2010 Colorado as soon as it is practical. I owned an '04, and it was an excellent truck.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It sounds like maybe you wouldn't mind or be affected by $8/gallon gas, given how often it sounds like you go through vehicles/trucks.

        Don't worry, there's plenty of redneck "I dun't care wut da gas is priced at!" mentality here in Wisconsin, and accross the country - you shouldn't feel alone. Just ignorant.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ha, sounds like you wouldn't mind being seen as a geek driving one of these go-karts. By all means, get on the waiting list. If you've read any of my other comments in this thread, you will see that I am NOT averse to small, decent looking cars. A European VW Polo would suit me fine if I could afford two vehicles, as it is not a trendy, ridiculous looking POS... it is a mature, solid, substantial looking little car.

        A person can ride in a truck every day as one would a car, but you cannot haul things in a car, nor do you have a high view of traffic. Some of the reasons I gravitate toward trucks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      No thanks to this car, thank you very much.

      The Aveo is bad enough.

      I'll take a Fiesta please.
      • 5 Years Ago
      please Chevy, please dont bring this car here. ugly, ugly ugly. and lets not forget to glue a cheap looking bronze bow tie on the front.
        • 5 Years Ago
        $5 says your Girly Girlfriend doesn't think it's so cute when she is forced to do Yoga moves to get in and out of it in heels and don't even think about any back seat recreation. Then there is the laughs when you try to go up a steep hill with 3 of your closest overweight friends packed into the thing and 66 HP of Korean built power screaming under the hood.

        Americans will want this vehicle to be priced based on size and ability which makes it difficult to turn a profit. Now stick a battery pack in the back and sell this as an Urban Electric runabout and you might be on to something. People would pay a premium for that.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree. This thing is ugly and not in a cute way-just stupid / dorky looking. The other two concepts were so much nicer.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Judy Judy Judy - I'm 6'4, backseat recreation doesn't happen *anyway*. :P

        And there are plenty of short middle-aged/old ladies who'd eat this thing up - just take a drive through Wisconsin and check out all the Prius drivers around here. ;)
        • 5 Years Ago
        Some Toyota models (Corolla, Yaris) get (or used to get, in the case of the Corolla) "superior gas mileage" than competing cars, and they look like ass, and people still buy them.

        I think for a small car this isn't THAT bad looking, and for 47mpg without having to own a Prius, it might be worth putting up for. Not to mention, $5 says your girly-girl girlfriend thinks it's "soooo cute."

        Slap a $15,000 pricetag on it and sell it in the U.S. - there's no way they'd lose money on it at that price, and for the gas mileage, people would buy it.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Bronze? Cheap (implying the new 'dot-type' ones are cheap-looking)?

        Is your last name Dalton?
      • 5 Years Ago
      If the Spark isn't going to be built in the US, then what is the "small car" that was promised to Orion Township?
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Spark is an "A" size car, while the vehicle for Orion Township is supposed to be "B" sized. That means it will be the Aveo or some derivative such as the proposed Buick mini-CUV or Soul/xB competitor that GMC is working on.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's the point of a car this size having 4 dainty doors? I can't imagine buying something this small for hauling passengers. It would take a contortionist to get in through either the front or back doors. However, if it were a 2 door with adult size doors, it would at least be somewhat practical and realistic about its purpose.

      • 5 Years Ago
      I think they're smart to waiver. They know that THIS small A-class car isn't as good as the offering from other makers, and will only further reinforce all the negative opinions towards "GM+Small Cars".

      Basically, who cares what GM does or doesn't do with it. There are plenty of much better choices out there and many more on the way.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As long as the new (American-made!) Aveo replacement (I hope they rename it Viva) comes as a 3-door and 5-door as well as a sedan, Chevy probably won't need to market something like the A segment Spark for a long time.

      I know that the comparison isn't exactly apples to oranges, but the Smart has shown that if a car in the American market is too small, its success will be pinned to fuel prices. And they tend to fluctuate too wildly and quickly to be able to answer the increased demand with increased production, or decreased demand with production cutbacks. GM probably doesn't want to have to play that game with the least profitable volume vehicle it will be making.

      Nah, GM just needs a competent entry in the B class. The only A-class vehicle we'll be seeing for awhile will be the Fiat 500, and it's definitely a special case, much like the Mini was 8 years ago for B vehicles.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The 500 won't be alone. smart is already here, Nissan is bringing over the Micra, and Scion is getting the iQ. But I just don't see the market for such cars as being big enough to support more than 2-3 models. I think most people would rather buy a quality used car over these tiny new ones.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can never look at that car without thinking of the scene in "Alien" where the monster pops out of John Hurt's chest. Ugliest. Car. Ever.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought this was a given that they were bringing it to America. Now they're deliberating whether to? My friend, don't THINK, ACT!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I say bring it over.. At least it's nicer looking than that mutant we call the Aveo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        No disagreement on the looks here; but this won't replace the Aveo since it's a size smaller.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just wish they did something about the headlights....
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