GM Mulling CVTs For Small Cars

In the history of automotive transmissions, the CVT undoubtedly ranks near the bottom of the pile, as one of the car world’s poorly thought out inventions.

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SEMA 2010: Chevrolet Debuts Z-Spec Concepts Including Volt, Spark, Cruze

Chevrolet debuted three new compact cars, as part of its new Z-Spec factory upgrades lineup, with the new Cruze and Volt, as well as the upcoming Spark subcompact rounding out the lineup.

While the concepts modifications are cosmetic in nature, the upgrades really elevate the conservative lines of the Cruze, with an orange paint job, Recaro seats and big wheels featuring prominently. The Spark could be considered a throwback to the days of “The Fast and the Furious”, with its creamsicle orange paintjob, white BBS wheels and Altezza taillights. Of the three, our favorite was the Volt, whose sharp angles, white paintwork and big wheels complimented the car in a way that the stock styling just doesn’t do.

Hit the jump to see all three galleries of the Chevrolet Volt, Cruze and Spark Z-Spec

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Chevrolet Spark Gets a Cruze Engine for WTCC Pace Car Duties

Chevrolet has a lot of experience stuffing bigger engines into Corvettes, Camaros and other factory hot rods, but this may well be the first and last time the subcompact Spark gets the same treatment.

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Detroit 2010: Chevrolet Spark Confirmed for U.S. in 2011

With plenty of rumors and a few decision changes by the folks at GM, Chevy confirmed at the Detroit Auto Show that the tiny Spark model will be offered in the United States in 2011. Originally shown as the Beat concept at the New York Auto Show back in 2007, the car has evolved slowly and last year launched in Europe.

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Chevy Spark Breaks Cover Ahead of Geneva Auto Show

General Motors has just released info and pics of its new micro-car, the Chevrolet Spark, which will be officially unveiled at the 2009 Geneva Auto Show in March.

There is no word on what engine will power the vehicle when it comes stateside but it is possible the Spark could be powered by the larger of the two European engine choices. In Europe, the Spark will come with a base 1.0-liter DOHC four-cylinder, or an optional 1.2-liter DOHC four-cylinder.

The body of the Spark will continue to look quite similar to the Chevy Beat Concept (that first appeared at the 2007 North American International Auto Show [NAIAS] in Detroit), on which it is based. The Spark will, however, be a four door, with rear door handles integrated into the upper part of the door to give the appearance of a two-door. Out back a tailgate spoiler is a part of the package and the Spark will also feature Chevy’s signature round tail lights. 15-inch wheels will be optional.

In total the Spark will measure 143.3-inches in length with a 93.5-inch wheelbase. This is roughly 10-inches shorter in length than the Chevy Aveo, but still 39-inches longer than a SMART fortwo.

Inside the Spark has a motorcycle-inspired instrument cluster and depending on the market, a wide range of safety features will be included, such as driver and passenger front air bags, front side airbags, roof rail head curtain airbags, antilock brakes and electronic stability control.

Official release after the jump:

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