The Chevrolet Trax will be joined at the Paris Motor Show by four other Chevrolet reveals on their ways to the European market. The S2013 Spark get styling updates inside and out, starting with a nipped-and-tucked front fascia and headlight covers, moving on to new 14- and 15-inch wheels, and ending out back wth a new placement for third brake light to improve driver visibility. The interior will get the obligatory vaguely identified "new decor elements" and "enhanced storage" in the center console.

The Malibu diesel will take a bow, powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter oil burner with 160 horsepower and 258 pound-feet and be paired to either an automatic or manual transmission.

The Orlando people-mover adds a new gasoline engine, a 1.4-liter turbo putting out 140 hp and 147 lb-ft paired with a six-speed manual, plus stop/start and electric power steering for improved efficiency. The result is 37.94 miles per gallon combined on the European cycle.

Finally, the Cruze wagon completes showcase of the new, bringing with it the fascinatingly named a navigation app Engis Bringo. Have a read of the press release below for more details.
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Fresh enhancements to boost expanded Chevrolet line-up

- Chevrolet Spark receives new styling and comfort upgrades
- Orlando to be offered with 1.4L turbo gasoline engine
- Chevrolet Cruze station wagon now available at European dealerships
- 2.0L diesel engine now available on Chevrolet Malibu


2012-08-27 -- A few weeks ahead of the 2012 Paris Motor Show, there are plenty of reasons for Chevrolet to be excited besides its world premiere, the Trax small SUV. With a total of 10 new entries launched in just 18 months since early 2011, the iconic American brand has a lot to offer to European customers.

"Whether you are looking for a compact and versatile station wagon, a stylish midsized sedan, a family vehicle that is as safe as its interior is flexible, or for a practical mini-car, Chevrolet has it all," said Susan Docherty, President and Managing Director of Chevrolet Europe.

And as the brand continues to roll out new products, its established portfolio of passenger cars is benefitting from enhancements that will increase the value buyers get for their money.

Spark up your life
Spark was built to be edgy and expressive and its revitalized appearance takes this philosophy a step further. A redesigned dual-port grille and front bumper as well as restyled head lamp covers and fog lamps combine to give Spark a fresh new face. Spark also features redesigned 14 and 15-inch alloy wheels that accentuate its sportier, more grown-up stance. At the rear, the center high-mounted LED stop lamp has been integrated into the spoiler above the window, resulting in improved rear visibility for the driver.

Modifications carried out inside include new decor elements as well as a remodeled center console with enhanced storage. The Chevrolet Spark is powered by a 1.0L 68-hp or 1.2L 82-hp gasoline engine. Both engines require 5 liters per 100 km on a combined cycle, while CO2 emissions average 118 g per km.

Orlando goes turbo
Buyers of the Orlando will appreciate the punch of a 1.4L turbo gasoline engine which will complement the 1.8L gasoline and 2.0L diesel engines already on offer. This new engine has a power output of 140 hp (103 kW) and delivers a maximum torque of 200 Nm at 1,850~4,900 rpm.

It comes with standard Start/Stop functionality and a six-speed manual transmission. Average fuel consumption is 6.2L /100 km on a combined cycle. Thanks to the addition of Electric Power Steering (EPS) and Start/Stop functionality, the two proven variants of Orlando's 2.0L diesel engine will become more fuel-efficient in a number of markets, with fuel savings of up to 11 percent on a combined cycle*.

Further features that are a novelty on the model year 2013 Orlando include an available rear view camera and a front passenger seat that can be folded flat.

Cruze: All good things come in threes
With the arrival of the Cruze station wagon at dealer showrooms across Europe, Chevrolet is now offering a compact car that will particularly appeal to families and individuals with an active lifestyle. The station wagon, which complements the popular sedan and hatchback variants, is capable of accommodating up to 1,478 liters in its load space.

Higher trim levels are equipped with Chevrolet MyLink, a new infotainment system that aggregates content from smartphones onto the seven-inch diagonal, high-resolution, full-color touch-screen display. A dedicated navigation app called Engis Bringo will become available early next year.

The powertrain offer comprises a 1.4L turbo gasoline and a 1.7L diesel as well as an upgraded 2.0L diesel engine, in addition to the nameplate's proven 1.6L and 1.8L gasoline engines. The 1.7L diesel is the most frugal unit among Cruze's engines, requiring just 4.5L/100 km.

Diesel power for Malibu
Malibu is Chevrolet's new flagship sedan in Europe and stands out through its American style, roominess and five-star EuroNCAP safety. A diesel-powered variant of this midsized sedan can now be purchased at European dealerships.

This reliable and powerful engine features high-pressure common rail fuel injection, a dual overhead camshaft, and an advanced variable-geometry turbocharger with intercooler. It delivers a maximum output of 160 hp at 4,000 rpm, and 350 Nm of torque at 1,750 rpm.

Reflecting buyer preferences, both the 2.0L diesel and the 2.4L gasoline engine are available with an automatic transmission.

*preliminary data

About Chevrolet
Chevrolet is General Motors' largest global brand with annual sales of more than four million vehicles in more than 140 countries. It is the fourth biggest global car brand in terms of sales and also one of the fastest growing brands in the world. Chevrolet cars combine bold design, performance, innovation and practicality. They provide outstanding value for money. Established in the U.S. by Swiss émigré Louis Chevrolet in 1911, the brand celebrated its centenary in 2011. The brand was re-launched in Europe in 2005. It is represented with a total of 2,500 sales and service outlets in Western and Central Europe. The European Chevrolet line-up includes the Spark city car, the small Aveo sedan and hatchback, the compact Cruze sedan and hatchback, the Orlando family van, the Captiva SUV, the legendary Camaro and Corvette sports cars and the extended-range Volt electric car. In 2012, Chevrolet is launching the Cruze station wagon and the Malibu mid-size sedan. More information on Chevrolet can be found at www.chevroleteurope.com or media.chevroleteurope.com.


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      Kahz
      • 2 Years Ago
      I cringe every time I see one of these Sparks
        aatbloke1967
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Kahz
        Cringe? Why? And what do you yourself drive? I probably already know the answers.
          aatbloke1967
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          I own an iQ and a 7 series. I'm just curious as to why you cringe. Maybe you're from North America which isn't really used to the sight of A segment city cars. Maybe youre quite simple with your thought processes, and believe a small car is somehow not "manly" enough. Or maybe you think it's unsafe because it's small, which displays ignorance towards modern small car technology. Or maybe your idea of good design is a straightforward three-box saloon or box-on-wheels pick-up truck. Who knows, you never elaborated, leaving the rest of us to guess.
          Kahz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          I guess you drive one of these? Then well done, and sorry if I have offended you. But a consumer is allowed to have their opinion on the appearance of a car, and the Spark is one ugly bug.
          Kahz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @aatbloke1967
          Relax. I don't care what you drive. As I've already said, i don't like this car because it looks like an ugly bug. You're taking my point way out of proportion, and need to relax.
      pa69rack38
      • 2 Years Ago
      Rented a Chev. Orlando diesel on recient trip to Italy. Loved it. Plenty of torque in the Gran Sasso's
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      saultydog42
      • 2 Years Ago
      Makes npo difference whether or not these diesels are available in the US, people are so picky here that they will not want diesels because they think diesels are a dirty word, I have news for you people that think diesels are so dirty. Diesels technology has moved ahead of gasoline engines, diesels are as clean or cleaner than gas engines and they dont knock shake and rattle like they use to, I have a sprinter van thats bigger than chevy or ford vans and I have a 3.0 turbo diesel from mercedes, the American made vans have the big cummins, international of ford v8's in them, I would bet that my big high top sprinter will out drag any one of these fuel guzzlers. The smell of diesel fgrom the exhaaust smells like hot metal instead of fuel fumes and I have had people tell me that it doesnt sound diesel. Wake up America, diesels are the way to go if you do a lot of driving but the main thing about diesels is service, every 10.000 miles you change the oil and filter, every 24000 miles the fuel and air filters.
        saultydog42
        • 2 Years Ago
        @saultydog42
        Oh I forgot, the fords, chevy's and dodge trucks and vans with these big diesels that were told that they wuld get 20 miles per gallon and was surprised to see that it was 8 to 10 mpg, The sprinter I have gets 26 miles per gallon.