• Aug 18, 2010

2010 Chevrolet Spark – Click above for high-res image gallery

General Motors' Service and Parts Operations website has published a pair of new documents for decoding 2011 model year Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN) which reveal several new engines. The passenger car list includes a pair of small inline-fours of 1.0 and 1.2-liters displacement. Both engines are listed as port-injected, dual-overhead-cam units from the automaker's South Korean operations, GM Daewoo Automotive Technologies (GMDAT). We're assuming that these are the engines for the Spark mini-car that is due to arrive on our shores sometime during the coming year.

Also on the car list are a pair of 1.6-liter fours listed at 80 and 82 kilowatts. The 80 kW unit matches the 108 horsepower output of the current Aveo engine, so presumably it's a carryover until the new model arrives early in next year. That car is expected to use 110 hp (82 kW) version.

Finally, in the light-duty truck list, there is a 177 horsepower 2.2-liter diesel inline-four. GM has made clear that it has no plans to offer any light-duty diesel engines in the States, so we assume that this is for an export market vehicle, likely the Chevrolet Colorado pickup. The decoder guides are after the jump. A tip of the hat to xeong5!



[Source: General Motors Service and Parts Operations]

2011 GM VIN Decoder Light Truck

2011 GM VIN Decoder Car


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      • 4 Years Ago
      If the VW Polo is any example of how sporty a 1.0 liter can be when done right I'll be interested to see what GM does with one. If the 1.6 was offered with a turbocharged option is a Spark SS then GM could have a competitor with the Fiat 500 Aberth when it comes out in the US
      • 4 Years Ago
      "there is a 177 horsepower 2.2-liter diesel inline-four. GM has made clear that it has no plans to offer any light-duty diesel engines in the States, so we assume that this is for an export market vehicle, likely the Chevrolet Colorado pickup."

      DAMN IT CHEVY! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU!

      You damn well know we want this in the States, now pull your head out of your ass and give me my light duty diesel truck!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Has Xeong5 offered the F-35 plans?
      • 4 Years Ago
      give us more flex fuel options
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hm.. why so many micro-sized fours? they apparently have a 1.4L motor too for the Cruze and Volt (generator)..
      You'd think it would be cost effective to re-use engines across the line as much as possible. I can't think of many cars they're producing that would use these. Aveo will need a 1.6, NA 1.4 would be fine for the spark.
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1: Why does the Aveo will carry on with the coarse and thirsty 1.6 when GM has much better?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Then the question is, do these motors apply to american VINs..

        As per the Aveo.. i think honestly GM and other automakers just didn't care about small cars until CAFE got seriously hiked upwards. There haven't been many interesting fuel efficient cars since the early 90's IMO.

        Thank you, gubmint.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I was all psyched for the 2.2 liter diesel. But then the article had to go and mention that it's for export markets.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Interesting... never been a fan of these little cars but I do have to say that the I4 is on the rise and looks very promising now-a-days.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love little cars like this! If you need to fix something mechanical it's like taking apart a lawn mower, they're so small. They're also the perfect size for shopping and getting to work. Plus they don't cost anything in fuel.

      Apart from the fact that they're tiny and blegh to look at, they have no downsides. Hell, even their homely look start to seem charming after a while. Like an ugly little dog with lots of personality.
      • 4 Years Ago
      You know, a diesel 2.2 liter engine with 170-ish horse would make the Colorado a truck worth buying.
      • 4 Years Ago
      good information about the vehicles i never seen before
      craigslist austin
      • 4 Years Ago
      We indeed live in very vulgar times. This thing is a visual train wreck.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why are we still making disposable vehicles? Have we no dignity?

      At least Fiat got it right with the 500. A small, good to drive car with a sense of quality behind it.
      Ironic huh?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Honda Civic anyone? ;)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Not a very fun car... Maybe an "Si or Type R"... But I guess to each is own.
        I'd pick an Abarth anyday :D
        I've owned an accord, and to be honest, I would never get another.
        I'm a car guy; a "gear head". Honda plays it a bit too safe for me. No drama, just point 'A' to point 'B' with gray, semi-comfy ride in between.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ah, i thought we were talking about retro cars since the 500 isn't here in the states now.
        What i meant is that the Civic was pretty cool when it came out, for a few decades.

        Current Civics... meh, imho :)
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