The Chevrolet Spark was launched in 2007. The Spark is an evolution of the Daewoo Matiz which was earlier sold in india. The Spark comes with a 1-litre petrol engine and there is also an LPG variant. Its competitors are the Maruti Suzuki Estilo, Wagon R and Hyundai i10.
Chevrolet has just released word on several new vehicles for the world-famous SEMA show . Among them is this Spark EV Tech Performance concept. Sure it’s an all-electric Spark with no conventional gasoline engine, but don’t let that fool you.
This EV totes 400 pound-feet of tire-shredding torque with beefier axles and aluminum wheels that propel the hatchback from naught to 60 in 7.5 seconds. Even the holy grail of muscle cars - the1969 Camaro SS powered by a 350 cubic-inch, small-block V-8 didn’t produce torque numbers like that.
The Spark also comes with a unique power-delivery algorithm programmed into its computer that enhances acceleration. A custom exterior color and graphics help set the Spark EV apart, and a backlit Chevy ‘bowtie’ on the grille gives it a mean look at night.
Inside the Spark, Chevy added a few basic custom touches, like doorsill plates, floor mats and pedal covers. A military-style, flip-up “activation switch” on the dash adds excitement to starting the EV, and body-color stitching on the shifter boot and steering wheel help liven up the Spark’s interior.
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The Chevrolet Spark is a small city car produced by General Motors since 1998. The Spark originally carried the "Daewoo Matiz" nomenclature, but in 2005, GM stepped in and changed its name to either Chevrolet Spark or Chevrolet Matiz, depending on the market. In the 2013 model year, the Spark made its debut in the U.S.
Chevy released the third-generation Spark back in 2010 and so far, it has been the most successful generation for the compact hatchback. Before its release, Chevy previewed the third-gen Spark with the Beat concept car at the 2007 New York International Auto Show. The new model showed off a new, more aggressive design language to help attract young buyers around the globe.
To get a better idea on just how successful the third-gen Spark has been, just keep in mind that it was the fastest-selling car in the United States for July 2012, as each model only lasted an average of 6 days on showroom floors before a buyer snagged it up.
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The Chevrolet Spark EV appears to be a game-changer in the all electric small car market.
At least that might be the case if you’re living in Oregon or California, the only states that Chevrolet will be selling the Spark EV in for now. While no mention of any expansion was made, we probably shouldn’t expect a decision to be made anytime soon.
For one, there still aren’t a lot of these models around and it can be argued that sales of the Spark EV will be on a limited basis. If the model proves to be a hit, like Chevrolet is banking on, then we might see more states get their hands on the all-electric Spark.
For now, it’s Oregon and California, two states that look to be perfect markets for the Spark EV. One place is a blessing to drive on with scenic routes all around while the other is, well, let’s just say if you want to make the most out of an EV, California’s the place to be.
As far as the car itself, we love the overall make-up of the Spark EV, so much that we’d be very surprised if this model isn’t a success sooner than later.
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Chevy revealed a very cool commercial that highlights the coolest models it has unveiled in the past few months, including the Sonic, Spark, Impala, Corvette Stingray and Volt. There’s no need to tell you, but from all these models the new Stingray is our favorite, but the 2014 Impala is also pretty sexy model too.
The idea behind this commercial is that Chevy is offering a model for anyone out there; you just need to dare go and find the one that suits you best. What we cannot understand is what the heck the robo-dog is doing in there. Then again, much like blue jean commercials, car commercial don’t make sense, so who knows!
Chevrolet’s motto for the new commercial is also pretty direct: "With the best lineup of vehicles ever, we believe ingenuity can do the impossible. So why just go from A to B when imagination can take you everywhere?"
Eco-friendly car buyers throughout the U.S. were anxiously awaiting the release of Chevy’s newest subcompact car, the Spark . Now that its release has come and gone, it is time to focus on the upcoming electric variant. After testing the car for quite some months, Chevrolet will officially unveiled the new Spark EV at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show.
With the Spark EV, Chevrolet adds another car to its electric-powered lineup that includes the Chevrolet Volt, a car that accounts for more than 50 percent of all plug-in electric-vehicle sales in the United States. Building on Chevrolet’s tried and tested electric motor and battery development program; it is expected to have among the best EV battery range in its segment and will be the first electric vehicle to offer SAE Combo DC Fast Charging capability that enables the Spark EV to reach 80-percent battery charge in just 20 minutes. That may not compare to the several minutes it takes to fuel-up your gasoline-powered car, but it’s certainly the fastest in its segment.
Will the Chevrolet Spark EV be another boring electric car to impress the government or is it one of the very few cars that are capable of drawing new customers towards the noble cause of environmental protection?
UPDATE 5/23/2013: Chevy has just released the base price for the new Spark EV, as well as a special lease offer. See more after the jump.
Chevrolet’s lineup for the 2012 SEMA Show once again included lots of concepts based on the smallest cars in its lineup: the Spark , Sonic , and Cruze . All these concepts have been developed to demonstrate the possibilities for customers who want a more personalized driving experience.
The first of the concepts is the aggressive-looking Spark Sinister. It combines rally-inspired exterior design elements with a dark appearance, which seems to make it the perfect car for a late-night race.
The Sinister Concept is painted Carbon Flash Metallic, then combined with Bahia Red accents and matte-black graphics. It also received a wild body kit that includes bold rocker fairings, a rear diffuser with dual exhaust outlets, a rear wing spoiler, and a front fascia with large air intakes.
The concept sits on a set of 18-inch wheels in split-spoke design and are painted in Bahia Red. The wheels are covered by prominent fender flares and, when combined with a lowered ride height, assist in making the Spark look awesome.
From the same guys that are bringing a Spark called "Sinister" to the 2012 SEMA Auto Show , Chevrolet is showing that they’re SEMA-bound line-up also shows its softer and socially aware side.
On the other end from the Sinister, the BowTie will also bring the Spark "Pink Out" Cancer Awareness Concept. Dressed in the now unmistakable pink color - the official name is Techno Pink - that has become associated with cancer awareness, the Pink Out Cancer Awareness Concept is Chevrolet’s way of showing that it’s joining the fight against breast cancer by throwing their support behind the American Cancer Society.
The Spark Pink Out has been doused in pink both on the exterior and the interior. The latter, in particular, carries pink accent colors, including a pink suede headliner, a pink pillar trim, and a pink instrument panel trim with matching accent piping.
On the outside, the Spark Pink Out has been fitted with a new Z-spec grille and Chevrolet Accessories ground effects. Oh, and don’t forget the slew of pink ribbon graphics that adorn the entire body of the compact concept.
All in the name of a worthy cause, and never mind the fact that it’s just a compact vehicle, the Chevrolet Spark Pink Out Cancer Awareness Concept is one vehicle that should have its own pedestal.
One of the models that will be in attendance is the "Color Run" Spark, a model that was built to pay homage to the The Color Run series, a highly popular, nationwide series of urban 5K races wherein participants are doused in multiple colors for each kilometer they run.
Suffice to say, the race is pretty colorful in its own right, and as the official safety car of the Color Run, it was only fitting that Chevrolet will bring a custom Spark doused in how you’d expect it to look like if it ran the race.
Colorful, to say the least.
The custom, multi-colored graphics package is the unquestioned star of the Spark’s make-over, but it certainly isn’t the only thing notable about it. Chevrolet also decked out the car with a Z-Spec grille to make its front profile look a whole lot more aggressive while also adding a ground effects kit courtesy of Chevrolet Accessories. Finally, the Spark’s 15" split spoke wheels have been painted white, although that impeccable purity doesn’t usually last long when the race begins.
The interior of the Spark "The Color Run" also gets its share of modifications, including a custom seat with The Color Run graphics and a slew of new Chevrolet Accessories like stainless steel pedal covers and sill plates.
A123 has been put through the ringer in recent history, most notably with its massive battery recall, and now it is just about belly up. Things were starting to look up for the battery make when it announced that a $450 million deal had been reached with Wanxiang Group Corp, but that deal recently fell through.
Now the inevitable is upon A123, as news came across the board that A123 had filed for bankruptcy protection, despite having received a $249 million government grant. With this bankruptcy filing also comes the likely liquidation of its assets. It appears as if A123 has already gotten a head start on this liquidation by negotiating to sell off its automotive business to Johnson Controls – well-known for building nearly every lead-acid and gel battery sold.
The deal is not yet done, but it is reportedly for the sum of $125 million and will include the Fisker , GM, and BMW contracts that A123 has already inked. Part of the proposed deal includes Johnson Controls fronting A123 $72.5 million in “debtor possession” funds to keep the bankrupt company running while the sale is being completed. There is no timetable for the completion of the deal, but per the press release, things will continue as usual for A123 during the entire sale process.
All we can hope for is a full turnaround once this technology gets in the hands of Johnson Controls, as the fate of the EV realm rests heavily on the technologies developed by A123. This could possibly be part of the reason that Fisker wasn’t shy about announcing that the upcoming Atlantic was delayed. We’ll also keep an eye on the Chevy Spark EV project to see if that is put on hold until this situation is resolved.
Every single year cars continue to get closer and closer to being completely autonomous, but that’s still a distant goal. In today’s world, automakers are simply trying to make getting lost a thing of the past with new integrated navigation systems. Chevy has taken this a step further by announcing that it is planning to release a new type of navigation system in the fall of 2012.
Chevy has dubbed this new system GogoLink and will debut it at the 2012 New York Auto Show. What’s weirder than the name itself is that it is a smartphone application. Yup, this application loads into any smartphone and offers a fully functional navigation system with live traffic updates. This system works through the MyLink infotainment system installed in the upcoming 2013 Sonic and 2012 Spark via Bluetooth or cable connection, and displays the navigation system on MyLink’s 7-inch LCD touch screen.
But why on Earth would Chevy put a smartphone app as its navigation system? Well, Chevy claims that 90% of Sonic and Spark buyers own a smartphone and that these higher-end customers are accustomed to using their phones for everything. We honestly think it is a cheap way for Chevy to say “Even our entry level cars have navigation systems,” but we’re skeptics.
Due to the fact that GogoLink will likely not debut in time for the release of the 2012 Spark , Chevy dealers will quickly upload GogoLink onto the MyLink system on your new Spark once it becomes available. For now, we’ll reserve judgment until more details come about, but we can certainly see a large number of Spark and Sonic customers complaining because they used up their entire smartphone data plan running GogoLink (See iPhone billing nightmares). However, if you happen to have an unlimited data plan, which we would assume most smartphone users would, this could be a pretty cool system to help get you around town.
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