Chevrolet has a big change in store for its little Spark sub-compact: the four-speed automatic will disappear to be replaced by a CVT.
A General Motors representative has yet to confirm that the change will take place, but if documents on enthusiast forum GM Inside News prove to be true, the sub-compact four-door hatch will likely offer improved fuel economy, perhaps in line with the 38 highway mpg quoted with the five-speed manual that will also remain in the lineup.
Currently, the automatic Spark delivers an EPA estimated 32 mpg combined. GM uses a 1.25-liter dual-overhead cam four cylinder engine with 84 hp. Unlike other sub-compacts it competes with, the Spark offers separate doors for the rear-seat passengers.
The documents posted didn’t list other major mechanical changes to the car.
UPDATE: A General Motors spokesperson replied to AutoGuide.com’s inquiry and confirmed that the Spark will transition to a CVT mid-summer. Fuel consumption estimates are still pending with the EPA.
[Source: GM Inside News]
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