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2010 Chevrolet Spark - click above for high-res image gallery

The new Chevy Spark could be the smallest model ever offered by General Motors in North America if the company follows through with plans to bring it here in 2011. Given the continuing upheavals at the tubes, and the questions about the micro-car segment in the U.S., this one is anything but certain. Nonetheless, the Spark is now on sale in other parts of the world and the folks at the UK's Channel 4 recently had the opportunity to drive it.

The Europeans get two four-cylinder engine options in the Spark, a 67 hp 1.0-liter or an 80 hp 1.2-liter. The larger engine takes 12.1 seconds to hit 62 mph while the smaller unit takes 15.5 seconds. Neither is especially refined in doing so, and they struggle climbing grades at highway speeds. They are rated at 49.0 and 46.1 mpg (U.S.) on the EU combined cycle, good but not outstanding especially given the sluggish thrust. A diesel or battery version would probably be a better choice for the city car. It sounds like the ride and handling could use some more tweaking as well.


[Source: Channel 4]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Offer it in the US with the 1.0L, make it a 2-door hatch and presto, you have today's Geo Metro. That's a good thing, by the way. The Geo metro has a reputation of being one of the most fuel efficient cars ever offered in the US, and is a popular platform for EV conversions.

      Stew
      Powerspeed
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm a 18 year old guy, and damn. I like this car. It's flipping sweet for what its after. The interior is nicely done for its class. It can be a little busy, but that's fine with me. I would seriously consider this car.

      Now to look up the pricing and when it gets to California....
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Powerspeed
        "I'm a 18 year old guy, and damn. I like this car. "

        That's a good thing, since I suspect you are the target market for this car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Just what I need to replace my 1.0 Metro.

      Why is it so tough to sell a small cheap and efficient car in the US? I don't care about making friends on the on-ramp, I just want to get to work with the lowest cost of ownership.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now they really nailed this one eh (ya I'm Canadian) now if only the car cost $5000 I could see maybe 10-15 with high end features but for the base model better not rape us for good ol American musle (laugh) what will they use for us a 2.0l not sure can't think now supper ready peace
      • 5 Years Ago
      Give it a turbo 4 and I'm in.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmm.

      Accelerates like a Smart Fortwo (if you get the 1.2L).
      MPG like the Smart Fortwo.
      Probably cost similar to the Smart Fortwo.
      Roomier than the Smart Fortwo.
      Looks to have a larger crumple zone than the Smart Fortwo.
      Can't have a worse transmission than the Smart Fortwo.

      It's what the Fourtwo should have been.

      Good for them, but it's still not enough to get me excited.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A direct competitor for the Opel Agila / Suzuki Wagon R, also from GM. And a bit heavier, a bit slower, and a bit less fuel efficient then the market leader, the Aygo / C1 / 107.

      Another big success for GM ???
      • 5 Years Ago
      According to several sites and shows in the UK, for really small cars, Diesel just doesn't make a ton of sense. Smart canceled their Diesel in the UK, IIRC.

      I don't really have a problem with the 0-60 figures on this car. These are not out of line for the segment of car they are in. The fuel economy figures are decent for a non-special edition. What I mean by that is that this isn't a 100g special like other companies offer (at a higher price than the base models).

      This doesn't sound like a huge winner. I'm sure it's fine, and it looks nice. But it probably needs some more work if this review is on target.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wouldn't it be great if GM would add a compressed-air cylinder that would release air on demand to a venturi-eductor to supercharge the engine for some 12 seconds? It would be efficiently refilled during standby time by an electrically-driven compressor. GM had a patent for this concept in the 60's.
      • 5 Years Ago
      you'd think they would release it after the volt, and incorporate that drivetrain in, given it is called a "Spark" and then release it in canada and the us, not like they could fit in one
      • 5 Years Ago
      I love this car. It should be electric and they should ditch the accent design on the seats.