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Equipped with new batteries, GM’s first electric car in America is already being tested in Torrance, California. Six Chevy Spark EVs are being tested by a group of engineers as the American automaker prepares it for its 2013 debut.
The engineers are adding roughly 62 miles per day on the Spark EVs, putting it through its paces in testing, and said that it is about 65-percent through the engineering phase though there is some bugs that still need to be worked out.
Not many details are available on the Spark EV model, but it’ll be facing quite a bit of competition once it hits the market in 2013, even if it’s only sold in the state of California. GM may be using the Spark EV as a test bed for future models, anticipating to sell only 2,000 units a year initially.
The Nissan Leaf has become the EV of choice, especially in California, while the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is slowly gaining ground on the market. Ford also has its Focus Electric that may be the Spark EVs’ main competitor. Chances are the Spark EV could become the most affordable of all the EVs, but hopefully the engineers are working to top the 62-mile range currently being tested.
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Don’t live in LA, or you just can’t be bothered to face the crowds and finish off your day with sore feet? Then you’re in luck. AutoGuide has done all the footwork (and the talkie talkie, and the video editing), to bring you the highlights from the 2011 LA Auto Show. From the Subaru BRZ STI Concept, to the 650-hp Shelby GT500 watch our video series to get the rundown on the most exciting vehicles at this year’s show.
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Smaller than the Cruze. Smaller than the Sonic. The Spark is Chevy‘s new urban mini-car, designed for sale globally, the bowtie brand has now officially unveiled the Spark for the U.S. market, here at the LA Auto Show.
Powered by a 1.2-liter 4-cylinder it makes just 85-hp and will compete against cars like the Smart fortwo, Scion iQ and Fiat 500. For full details on the Spark, watch the video below.
GALLERY: 2013 Chevy Sonic
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Chevrolet’s answer to the Fiat 500, Smart ForTwo and Scion iQ will finally make its debut stateside at the upcoming LA Auto Show. The 2013 Chevy Spark mini car not only offers more passenger and cargo room than its tiny competitors, the hatchback is the only car in the segment to offer a seven-inch color touchscreen radio capable of displaying smart phone-based navigation, media and contacts for hands-free calling.
For the North American market, the 2013 Chevy Spark will be available in 1LT and 2LT models. Both feature a 1.2L DOHC four-cylinder engine with 85-hp and 82 lb-ft of torque. A five-speed manual is standard while a four-speed automatic can be had as a option. Both models will go on sale starting in mid-2012 for both the United States and Canada.
The 2013 Spark is also the only car in its segment to offer the added value of a five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty alongside the safety and security of OnStar.
Chevy did not include any pricing in its press release, but we’re certain we’ll hear more when the car makes its official revealing on November 16th, 2011 in Los Angeles.
GALLERY: 2013 Chevrolet Spark
Chevrolet‘s Spark is already scheduled to hit American soil as a 2013 model year in mid-2012, but now we may have confirmation that Americans will receive GM’s 1.2L, inline-four with 80-hp and 80 lb-ft of torque. In exchange for its lack of power, the Spark will deliver around 46-mpg based on a conversion from the European cycle.
The U.S. will actually be the last market the Spark will be sold in. It’s already currently available in Asian, Europe and South Africa. The American Spark will receive a couple of other changes including a larger grille, a larger lower intake and removal of the side-repeater turn signals on the front-three quarter panels.
GALLERY: 2011 Chevrolet Spark