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Chevy To Bring An Updated 2013 Spark To LA Auto Show

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On: Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 4:26PM | By: Peter C Sessler

Chevy To Bring An Updated 2013 Spark To LA Auto Show

The Chevrolet Spark is a sporty four-passenger, five-door hatch which has been updated for United States and Canadian buyers. The Spark is designed to excite first-time buyers with its bold styling and colors, affordability, the safety of 10 standard air bags, fuel efficiency and maneuverability.

Compared to the Fiat 500, Smartfortwo and the Scion iQ, the Spark offers more passenger and cargo room than other mini cars. Equipped with the 1.2L four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission, the Spark offers competitive fuel economy as well.

Chevrolet’s exclusive MyLink infotainment system, which features the personalized connectivity of Pandora and Stitcher internet radio, will be offered on 1LT and 2LT models when Spark goes on sale in the United States and Canada in mid-2012. In addition to MyLink, Spark is the only car in its segment to provide the added value of a five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty and the safety and security of OnStar.

The original Spark is already on sale in Europe, Asia, Australia, Mexico and South America, where it has received several styling and safety awards.

While the Spark looks like a three-door hatchback, the car is has the rear doors handles designed into the C-pillar area. This gives Spark its sporty appearance without sacrificing four-door comfort and utility. An integrated spoiler over the rear hatch door enhances Spark’s dynamic appearance.

The Spark’s looks are also emphasized by standard 15-inch alloy wheels. Other exterior styling features include a new grille and front fascia, a longer rear fascia, modified headlamps and taillamps and redesigned outside rearview mirrors.

Options include matching rocker panel molding, chrome bright work at the beltline and lift gate handle trim, detail around the poke-through exhaust outlet and around the fog lamps.

Inside, the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, included on 1LT and 2LT Spark models, provides a seven-inch color touch screen. SiriusXM Satellite Radio also is available on uplevel Spark models

Other standard features include A/C and power windows and color-coordinated interiors. The upgraded Spark for U.S. and Canada markets is powered by a 1.2L dual-overhead cam four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing that delivers about 85hp and is mated to a standard five-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic transmission is also available.

The 1.2L engine combines excellent performance with sophisticated technologies such as dual continuous variable cam phasing, electronically controlled thermostat and low-friction engine oil for an engine that is low on maintenance, has reduced emissions and outstanding fuel economy.

StabiliTrak electronic stability control is standard and the Spark is equipped with vented front disc and rear drum brakes with low-compressibility brake pads for optimal stopping performance and good pedal feel. Low-rolling resistance tires use a silica compound and revised tread design for a solid road feel and improved fuel efficiency.

Spark is also equipped with 10 standard air bags, including both driver and passenger front knee air bags to reduce the risk of lower extremity injuries in frontal crashes. Dual-stage frontal air bags, seat-mounted side air bags and side curtain air bags that extend over the front and rear seating rows are also standard.

Other safety technologies include rollover sensing system; three-point safety belts in all four seating positions; seat belt pretensioners in the front driver and passenger seats; the LATCH child seat attachment system; releasable pedals; adjustable head restraints; and a collapsible steering column.

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Stephy21 | 10:32AM (Tue, Nov 15, 2011)

This spark is very stylish. I like it

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