2013 U.S.-spec Chevrolet Spark arrives in L.A.
The Chevrolet Spark was introduced in regions like Europe and Asia back in 2009 but it was this week when the car made its official debut on the North American continent with the occasion of the Los Angeles Auto Show. This is a four-seat, five-door subcompact hatchback that looks a lot like a toy and it will be available in the U.S. and Canada.
The 2013 U.S.-spec Chevrolet Spark will be available only with a tiny 1.2-liter 4-cylinder engine that develops 85 hp and is linked to a 5-speed manual gearbox or an optional 4-speed automatic transmission. Even though that we are dealing with a very small car, General Motors has mentioned that the Spark offers more room for passengers and their luggage in comparison with other mini cars like the Smart ForTwo, Scion iQ and the cute Fiat 500. None of these cars, except for the Spark, come in a 5-door configuration.
The Euro-spec Spark managed to grab a four-star rating when the guys from Euro NCAP tested it, scoring very high in child and adult protection categories (78% and 81% respectively). The good news is that the U.S.-spec version promises to be even safer than that, offering 10 airbags in the standard configuration along with the StabiliTrak electronic stability control system that isn’t available for the European model.
Other than that, the North American variant of the Spark will come with GM’s OnStar system that uses GPS and cellular phone technology in order to call for help automatically in case of an accident. The 2013 Chevrolet Spark also features the MyLink infotainment system which is standard for the 1LT and 2LT trim levels. With this system, owners of the Spark can transfer music libraries, access Stitcher internet radio and Pandora, and navigation via Bluetooth-connected smartphones. In addition, when the Spark is stationary, the built-in 7-inch screen can display a projection of photo and video albums.
Source: General Motors
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