Chevrolet Spark

Chevrolet Spark

  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.

The time is drawing nearer to when Apple’s CarPlay finally hits the streets in consumer vehicles. At the company’s recent 2014 Worldwide Developers Conference, USA Today got an up-close look at the new in-dash iOS operating system inside a 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV. This in-car demonstration shows just how familiar the software is to the usual iOS-powered devices.

Interestingly, Chevrolet has not made an official announcement concerning when CarPlay would be introduced into its product lineup. Chevy is listed as a “committed partner” with Apple in bringing the software to market, but the automaker has yet to announce any word on what vehicles will receive the system or what the roll-out timeline looks like.

Though it is possible Chevy will incorporate CarPlay into the Spark and other models late into the 2014 model year, it’s more likely the new technology will debut for 2015. We’re expecting General Motors to make quite the hubbub about the news once things are all confirmed.

Chevy will be joined by Ferrari , Volvo , Hyundai , and Mercedes as the first crop of automakers to sell cars with hardware capable of running the iOS software. What’s more, from the video above, it appears the software will also allow owners to access tailored vehicle-specific menus. In the Spark’s case, it has a “My Chevrolet” application on its home screen.

For those with older vehicles, companies like Pioneer are developing CarPlay-compatible head units that work with nearly every vehicle. A 1965 Ford Mustang was on display at Apple’s WWDC to showcase the aftermarket potential.

Click past the jump for more about the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV

You might be wondering why Chevrolet would be developing the next generation of its popular Spark so soon. After all, 2013 was the Spark’s first year in the U.S. While the likeable little subcompact was new to us last year, the overall design has been in production since 2009 and sold in countries around the world as the Chevrolet Beat.

The aging Beat (Spark) is due for a refresh and the General looks to be making a clean sweep.

Not much is know about the prototype seen here as it scurries about during cold-weather testing near the Arctic Circle. The redesign will likely be more evolutionary in nature, and will feature a heavily updated grille as evidenced by the thick camouflaging.

The Spark has sold well in the U.S. over its first year, selling 26,869 units — 35 percent beyond what Chevy had originally forecasted. Worldwide sales total 720,000 units since the model’s 2009 introduction.

An all-electricSpark EV came to market for 2014 and has sold over 400 examples in the EV’s limited markets of California and Oregon. The EV has a range of 82 miles on a single charge (7 more than the Nissan Leaf ), and is powered by an electric motor that produces 140 horsepower and an impressive 400 pound-feet of torque.

The standard gasoline model isn’t quite as powerful, as its 1.2-liter I-4 puts out a scant 84 horsepower and 83 pound-feet of torque. But at only 2,269 pounds, the Spark doesn’t need much more for its inner-city intended purpose. Both a manual and CVT are available in the gasoline-powered Spark.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Chevrolet Spark.

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.

The Chevrolet Spark - yeah, that little fireball of a compact car - is going to the 2012 SEMA Auto Show with a full contingent of models.

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.

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