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Published on May 2nd, 2012 | by Andrew Meggison

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The Smallest Chevrolet Ever Offered In The USA

I do not know about you but it seems like every time I turn on the TV I see an add for a Fiat — JLo is stepping out of one on the red carpet or Charlie Sheen is driving one around his mansion. So called mini cars are in right now and Chevrolet is getting into the game with the $12,995 base priced Spark.

A Spark EV is expected to launch in yet unnamed markets in 2013, but later in 2012 the Spark will arrive in Chevy showrooms. The Spark will be the smallest Chevrolet ever offered in the United States.

The Spark will boast a 1.2-liter Ecotec four-cylinder engine and a five-speed manual transmission with 85 hp and 82 lb.-ft. of torque or an automatic transmission. The high end Sparks, topping out at $15,795; will feature keyless entry, power mirrors, cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity, 15-inch wheels, and fog lamps. Inside the top end Spark will have an audio system with a touchscreen, USB connectivity, satellite radio, heated, leatherette covered seats and a leather wrapped wheel.

Other mini cars on the market and coming ot he market include The Fiat 500 (30 city/38 hwy/33 combined), SmartForTwo (34 city/38 hwy/36 combined) and Scion iQ (36 city/37hwy/37 combined). The Chevy Spark is estimated to get 40 miles per gallon.

Would you rather have a “fuel efficient” mini car at $12,000 or an EV at $40,000?

Source: GM

Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. Being an Eagle Scout, Andrew has a passion for all things environmental. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMeggison

 


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Andrew Meggison was born in the state of Maine and educated in Massachusetts. Andrew earned a Bachelor's Degree in Government and International Relations from Clark University and a Master's Degree in Political Science from Northeastern University. In his free time Andrew enjoys writing, exploring the great outdoors, a good film, and a creative cocktail. You can follow Andrew on Twitter @AndrewMeggison



  • Aj

    “Would you rather have a “fuel efficient” mini car at $12,000 or an EV at $40,000?”
    A more apt question would be would you buy a
    1) 19K 53 mpg slightly larger car.
    or a
    2) 15K 40 mpg micro car.
    so far the sales numbers seem to suggest the 53 mpg car beating the gamut of the 40mpg 12k-15k micro-cars (IQ, 500 and smart) even if there sales numbers are combined. So, the obvious question can the chevy spark even beat its fellow micro-cars? at 40 mpg maybe not anything above 45 or near 50, well that’s a different story.

    • Tim Cleland

      What $19K car are you referring to that gets 53 mpg? Not being sarcastic, I’m genuinely curious. Is there something (coming) on the market I don’t know about? Or are you possibly referring to a used Prius? (which is an apt question as well)

      • Aj

        @Tim

        I’m talking about the $18,950-toyota prius C

        • Tim Cleland

          Oh yes, I’d forgotten about that. My guess is that most of the Sparks that sell will be in the $13-14K range and most of the Prius Cs that sell will be in the $19-21K range.

      • Mike

        Dollar for dollar, over 100,000 miles it makes more sense to buy the 40mpg $15k car vs the 50mpg $19000 up to $8/gallon. For that same $8/gallon, and comparing base price to base price, ($13000 vs $19000) you would need to drive 150,000 miles before you start saving money. Not to mention the simpler maintainance that comes with smaler, lighter and cheaper cars. That price difference looks to make sense financially for most drivers.

        • Tim Cleland

          Nice analysis. I would guess the insurance for the Spark will be lower as well. The Spark also has a “cute” factor that will draw in some people much like the Smart and the Fiat 500. Overall, I think it’s going to be a winner for GM.

  • Tim Cleland

    Really? Is the spark smaller than the 98-01 Chevy Metro? (Prior to those years, it was a Geo Metro).

  • Aj
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