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 |  Dec 27 2013, 1:32 PM


Depreciation. It’s the nasty side to buying a new car that often amounts to a slap in the face worth several thousand dollars. 

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 |  Aug 23 2013, 9:32 AM


Incoming generations of car buyers want smaller cars than any of their predecessors.

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 |  Jul 31 2013, 9:02 AM


According to a South Korean labor union spokesman, the next-generation Chevrolet Spark will launch in 2015 while the redesigned Sonic has been delayed.

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 |  Jun 25 2013, 7:31 AM


The Chevrolet Spark has enjoyed a successful first 12 months of sales, selling 26,869 units in America and exceeding General Motors‘ expectations by as much as 35 percent.

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 |  Feb 06 2013, 7:31 AM

Early data from Chevrolet Spark buyers reveal that the compact has been appealing to a younger demographic, with 29 percent of its buyers under the age of 35.

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 |  Feb 01 2013, 1:32 PM

January may be the middle of winter but GM was able to rebuke the cold weather with red-hot sales. The company delivered nearly 195,000 units in the U.S., a 16 percent increase compared to the same month last year.

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 |  Nov 28 2012, 6:10 PM

Boasting 130 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, the newest addition to the Chevrolet electric vehicle family has been officially unveiled at the 2012 LA Auto Show.

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 |  Nov 27 2012, 1:22 AM

Ahead of its official debut at the 2012 LA Auto Show, Chevrolet has unveiled its Spark EV which will be priced under $25,000 with tax incentives. 

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 |  Nov 15 2012, 9:19 PM

Scheduled to make its official debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, Chevrolet gave the media a sneak preview of its Spark EV at its Electrification Experience event in San Francisco, California.

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 |  Nov 15 2012, 12:01 PM

The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV in production form will make its official debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show, the American automaker has confirmed.

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 |  Nov 07 2012, 7:31 AM

The concept of shoehorning a giant motor into a lightweight compact has been around for decades, but this Chevrolet Spark powered by a 7.0-liter Corvette V8 motor takes that idea to a whole new level.

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 |  Oct 23 2012, 3:02 PM

AutoGuide Five-Point Inspection

Chevrolet is selling the Spark with razor-thin margins. What’s more, the company isn’t trying to hide that. In fact, it’s almost a point of pride, and perhaps one of the most astute choices in recent years.

That’s because you can get one for about $13,000 after delivery. It’s far from being the most exciting car you’ll drive but with such low pricing it makes a convincing case as a first car or budget friendly city machine.

The Spark is meant to work as a brand ambassador, bringing first-time buyers away from other automakers, and based on strong initial sales it seems to be doing just that.

 |  Oct 19 2012, 5:48 PM

Not to be left out of the custom car fun in Las Vegas, Chevrolet announced seven concepts headed for the 2012 SEMA show in a little more than a week.

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 |  Oct 17 2012, 8:31 AM

Scion has announced a bargain $99 per month lease rate for its iQ mini car, hoping to boost deliveries as competition in the segment grows with Chevrolet’s recently released Spark off to a strong start.

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 |  Oct 11 2012, 12:10 PM

Boring, bland and easy to blend in with but undeniably popular – white is still the most popular car color choice.

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 |  Jul 31 2012, 3:15 PM

The Chevy Spark recently went on sale in North America, but the micro-compact has already logged 600,000 unit sales since its initial 2009 launch in Korea.

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 |  Jul 25 2012, 1:13 PM

Advertising salvos usually signal a new car’s release, especially one that hasn’t been sold before, but that isn’t the case with the Chevrolet Spark.

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 |  Jul 19 2012, 4:03 PM

Chevrolet’s subcompact, the Spark, looks more like something out of a Pixar production than a car bearing the bow tie badge, but all is forgiven in the sub compact world provided good gas mileage. While the Spark isn’t bad, it could be better.

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 |  Jul 06 2012, 9:01 AM

Targeted towards today’s youngsters, the 2013 Chevrolet Spark will do what no other Chevrolet model has done since the 1990s: Lose its CD player.

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 |  Apr 25 2012, 5:42 PM

Ask anyone older than 55 how cars have changes since the ’70s and they’ll probably mention, among many other things, that they’ve shrunk considerably.

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 |  Apr 05 2012, 12:45 PM

Details about the 2013 Chevrolet Spark have been revealed today, including its price range. Chevy is looking to simplify the car buying process by having three trim levels for its well-equipped subcompact.

Chevrolet calls the 2013 Spark a “sporty, fuel-efficient, four-passenger, five-door hatch” that apparently offers more passenger and cargo space than other mini cars such as the Fiat 500, Smart fortwo and Scion IQ.

The Spark’s base model, the LS starts at $12,995 and is equipped with a 1.2L Ecotec engine and five-speed manual transmission. Additionally, even the base Spark has 10 airbags and features 60/40 split rear seats, air conditioning, power windows, rear window wiper, auxiliary input jack, outside temperature display and trip computer. Not bad for a base model subcompact.

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 |  Dec 12 2011, 1:15 PM


In light of the Volt post-crash fire disaster, GM announced that they are seeking out batteries that are less volatile for their upcoming 2013 Chevy Spark electric car. GM will be switching to a phosphate-based lithium ion battery from A123 Systems Inc. that are less likely to burn than other lithium chemistry, according to the companies.

It’s a testament to how quickly the battery technology is evolving for hybrid and electric cars, with just a two year gap since the Volt was first introduced. Currently GM and other companies are developing future vehicles with lithium phosphate technology because they’re safer and last longer. And why didn’t they do this sooner? Battery manufacturers weren’t ready to mass-produce them until recently.

It’ll be interesting to see if GM will ever get over this hump with the Volt and if sales of future electric cars will be impacted. Some could even argue that GM “jumped the gun” on electric vehicles when they knew better technology was around the corner. More interestingly however is that Jay Whitacre, assistant professor in materials science at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh declared, “Safety isn’t the first reason carmakers are selecting it,” Whitacre said. “The batteries have a longer life. A123′s battery will outlast LG Chem’s battery.”

It is worth mentioning that the Volt investigation right now centers around the battery’s pack design and not its chemistry. They believe that any fix will involve the pack.

GALLERY: 2013 Chevrolet Spark


[Source: Automotive News]

 |  Nov 13 2011, 2:18 PM


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


See AutoGuide’s complete 2011 LA Auto Show preview here

 |  Aug 04 2011, 8:30 PM

Today, General Motors confirmed that the Chevrolet Spark subcompact will be sold in the U.S. The Spark goes into production this month as the smallest car sold by Chevrolet. The General Motors executive director of North American production communications, Jason Laird, confirmed that the vehicle will launch between January to June 2012 as a 2013 model.

The Spark is currently selling in Asian countries and has been a very important model for Chevrolet in the global mini car segment. Laird explained that the ”Spark minicar will give Chevrolet A-B-C-D-E segment coverage for first time in [the] U.S.” The Spark fits in the A segment, the Sonic fits in the B segment, the Cruze fits in the C segment, the Malibu fits in the D segment and the Impala fits in the E segment.

GALLERY: Chevrolet Spark


[Source: Green Car Reports]