In perhaps the most obvious move of the decade, MarketWatch
is reporting that GM
will in fact bring the upcoming Chevy
Beat to the U.S. market. The Beat was one of a trio of mini-car concepts that appeared at the New York Auto Show
in 2007. GM announced last November in Los Angeles that the Beat would be produced but refused to commit to bringing it to the US market. What GM has said is that all new models from anywhere in the corporation are being engineered using a global development process to meet all regulatory requirements around the world. At its debut, the Beat was listed as having a 1.2L turbocharged engine. If GM does indeed bring it here it could be powered by an upcoming turbocharged direct injected three cylinder set to be produced at the Flint engine plant. GM desperately needs a car like this to compete in a $4/gallon market and meet new CAFE requirements.