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  • Sep 30th 2012 at 11:30AM
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The Chevrolet Spark minicar may just now be hitting the big roads of the United States, but the car has already been on sale in other markets, including Europe, for a while. And because of that, the Euro-spec Spark has undergone a minor facelift for the 2013 model year, showing its slight nip/tuck here at the 2012 Paris Motor Show.

You'll have to look closely to spot the differences, but changes up front include redesigned headlamp and foglamp units, as well as a lower front grille that sweeps all the way across the underside of the bumper. Out back, the LED center brake lamp has been incorporated into the rear spoiler, and inside, storage has been improved thanks to a slightly redesigned center console.

In Europe, the Spark is offered with two tiny-displacement engine configurations: a 1.0-liter inline-four producing 68 horsepower or a 1.2-liter four with a whopping 82 hp on tap.

For the full list of enhancements, scroll down to read General Motors' press release.
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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.

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      • 2 Years Ago
      If GM really fixed the powetrain (the 1.2L is fairly rough, and it's an older Daewoo unit) I would own one right now. I actually really liked the one I drove a few weeks ago; even more than the Sonic.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The NA 1.4 would be and an improvement.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Needs bigger headlamps, there is still an inch or so of actual sheetmetal in front of the A-pillar. How about a hood that's just one huge headlamp?
      • 2 Years Ago
      It still has the largest headlamps ever. Refresh failure.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, this vehicle will definitely spur sales of the other brands including irrelevant old Eastern European brands!
      • 2 Years Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      Headlights are waaaaaaay to big for the proportions for the front end. And the steering wheel looks a little dated.
      Z. Kesh
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, roughly one third of the bonnet are....headlamps
      • 2 Years Ago
      Saw a us spec one today....proportions are all weird...the shapes were ok...but I guess it looked like a sonic that had been squished laterally and longitudinally(?) but not vertically...didn't get close enough to see the interior.
      • 2 Years Ago
      • 2 Years Ago
      Are they serious with those headlamp assemblies!?! Not sure if the are shooting for UFO levels of lighting from or what. Looked better before they added stadium lighting to the front.
      Nathan Carl Lewis
      • 2 Years Ago
      They need to drop in the 1.4 turbo in this thing here in the states. Should give this little car some good pep. Hell maybe even bump horse power to 160~ to compete with the 500 Abarth. But thats me. Then again just turn up the boost and give it 93 octane.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Nathan Carl Lewis
        These cars are designed to be affordable and economical urban transport. 80bhp is more than ample in A segment hatchbacks, 160bhp is ridiculous and only someone without any small car experience would suggest it. And don't bring the Abarth 500 into the equation. It only exists only because of the heritage and standing the tuner has with small cars; GM has no such tradition.
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