Launched in India in 2010, the Chevrolet Beat stood out because of its strong and unique styling. Originally launched with a petrol engine GM from 2011 also produces a diesel variant. This is GM’s first diesel hatchback. The Beat competes with the Ford Figo, Hyundai i10, Maruti Suzuki Ritz and Wagon R and Fiat Grande Punto.
What’s in a name? Probably not much for the picture above. Although the car in the picture wears the Daewoo badging and name, this may actually be the 2010 Chevrolet Beat . It would be no surprise that Daewoo would get a version of the little car considering it will be the ones that build the Beat.
The Beat was first unveiled as a concept in 2007 at the New York Auto Show. The production car is expected to be powered by a 1.2-liter turbocharged engine.
The real question that remains is will the beat be coming to the U.S.? Although the beat got the most attention from North America out of the Beat/Trax /Groove showdown, it is rumored that it will not arrive here because it does not meet U.S. safety standards.
With the gas prices lately SUVs and pick-ups are going down and mini car sales are going up. GM is considering a new Chevrolet mini car for the United States as it reworks its product lineup to cope with a dramatic shift from trucks to cars linked to high gas prices.
Chevrolet Beat will be about the size of a Honda Fit or Toyota Yaris mini car. "It is certainly one of the things that is being looked at from a portfolio perspective," GM spokesman Dee Allen said.
The Beat, to be built in South Korea, will be rolled out in other global markets faster than it would be in the U.S., Allen said. He did not know when the car might be sold elsewhere or in the U.S.
GM unveiled the Beat with two other ultra-small cars as concepts at auto shows last year, saying the trio was designed to attract young buyers in urban markets around the globe.