But times are a-changin’ my friends, and these days companies like GM have no choice but to produce cheap, fuel efficient car. I thought they were going to stop at the sub-compact Sonic, but I was wrong, as GM unveiled a veritable Skittles rainbow of cute, pastel-colored Chevy Spark mini-cars.
The Spark is mostly a carry-over from the foriegn market Chevy Beat, but with a few key aesthetic changes. The 1.2 liter four-cylinder engine delivers just 85 horsepower and 82 ft-lbs of torque, while delivering 40+ highway MPG and 30+ city MPG. The Chevy Spark also gets a whole lot of technology like a 7-inch touchscreen on the center console, standard air conditioning and power windows, and Bluetooth/Pandora connectivity.
Chevy didn’t make any mention of the Chevy Spark EV, which we assume is still a few months away from officially breaking cover. And if you ask me, the colors Chevy decided to show off were decidedly…girly. I much prefer the Chevy Sonic myself. On the same token, there aren’t many people my age that can afford much in the way of a new car, and if Chevy can keep the price of the Spark low enough, they might have a real winner.
But really, those colors…you can do better, GM.