2013 Chevrolet Spark Makes North American Debut: 2011 LA Auto Show

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler

Americans have been historically unreceptive to small cars, and the 2013 Chevrolet Spark represents uncharted territory for the brand, which will introduce their first B-segment car since the Chevrolet Metro, long the butt of jokes for American society.

Unveiled at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, the Spark measures two feet shorter than the already compact Chevrolet Sonic, but is only 6 inches shorter than the Chevrolet Equinox mid-size crossover. These dimensions leave us a bit skeptical, as the whole package seems a tad top-heavy, but the 1.2L 4-cylinder engine only makes 85-horsepower, so high-speed cornering is more theoretical than realistic.

We do like the 2,269-lb curb weight, as well as the 7-inch touch screen and Bluetooth integration. The Spark has done well in a number of world markets where physical space is at a premium, and considering how much we liked the Sonic, we’re optimistic that the Spark will be a fun, if not sporty, urban runabout.

Gallery: 2013 Chevrolet Spark

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  • Almprin06 Almprin06 on Nov 22, 2011

    It's "only 6 inches shorter than the Chevrolet Equinox" ? That's a LONG car!

    • Colum Wood Colum Wood on Nov 22, 2011

      True. The Equinox is a "compact crossover" though and actually looks much larger than it is.