We saw the
a year ago, and now a camouflaged mule has been caught testing in China, fueling speculation that the Beat will succeed the Spark in that market. The Beat is certainly far less dowdy than the Spark, which is also sold, sometimes
, as the Matiz in other markets. When the Beat debuted as one in a
trio of concepts
, it was the sportiest of the three and described as a "tuner car" offering substantial levels of customization at the retail level, much like a
. That rhetoric may not be for world-wide consumption, however, and the Beat could wind up looking sharp on the outside and offering you roll-your-own windows and milk jug-quality plastics in the cabin. Of course,
could pull a
and deliver a deliciously stylish small car everywhere but the United States, just as our fuel costs skyrocket ever further.
Thanks for the tip, Kevin!
China Car Times