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Detroit Preview: 2010 Chevy Spark

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http://www.autoblog.com/2009/01/10/detroit...ath-to-the-web/

As the hours wind down before the 2009 Detroit Auto Show finally kicks off in the morning, more vehicles are leaking through the manufacturers' embargo nets. The latest addition to the list is the 2010 Chevy Spark, teased earlier this week on Today by GM design honcho Ed Welburn. Spark is the production version of the Chevy Beat concept that made its debut alongside the Trax and Groove at New York two years ago. Beat was the winner of a public poll to see which of the three microcar concepts would make it to production. We also know that Beat/Spark's going to get some time in the limelight as a character in this summer's Transformers sequel.

The itsy-bitsy new "world car" has grown a second set of doors in production trim, but otherwise, its styling remains remarkably true to the Beat show car. Roof rails hint at real-world practicality, and the fact that GM is choosing Detroit to unveil it suggests that maybe, just maybe, we'll see it here after all. We'll know more as the show gets officially underway, but we can say one thing: it's more interesting than the car it's set to replace in other markets. We'll have plenty more when we see it up close.

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Better than the Aveo but the Fiesta is way better looking based on this photo.

Looks like it's much smaller than the Fiesta, maybe more Ka sized..

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Oh my eyes! :yuck::scared:

The future is looking mighty ugly.

To quote a song from my youth, 'The future's so bright I gotta wear shades'... that is a bright green. (I'd like to see the Camaro in that color).

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I dunno about that...

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Sort of a pointless comparison, but I still give the nod to the Spark.

It looks like a tadpole with DNA scrambled by radiation.

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Uhhh I think considering its intended market segment aka not me it would be pretty cool for young-uns. Actually it is pretty cool and yes I did vote for the Beat two years ago the Groove was a close second.

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Isn't this car one class lower than the Aveo or Fiesta? I thought the Aveo and Fiesta were classified as subcompacts, while this car would be classified as a mini or city car. Anyway, the overall shape of this car still reminds me of the Opel Agila; the detailing is dramatically different, but the overall shape seems to be very similar. I guess there is only so much designers can do with a tall and stubby box.

I do think it would be great to see a next gen Aveo subcompact sedan (although I would like to see the Nova name resurrected) with Beat styling cues make its way into Chevrolet's lineup. Hatchback versions (with Daewoo styled grilles) would be assigned to Saturn (since I the Opel/Saturn relationship seems to be history).

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I'll take this thank you very much:

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+1

I believe the Fiesta will become the standard bearer in the subcompact segment.

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I'll take this thank you very much:

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I'll take neither and buy myself a nice 2004 Seville SLS with low miles in White Lightning and add a corsa cat back exhaust and a K&N intake thank you and stick 5K in the bank.

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spark? fiesta? both very nice.

bend over people, the greenies and wall streeters ruined the world so this is the type of things we might be able to afford anytime in the next 5 years.

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spark? fiesta? both very nice.

bend over people, the greenies and wall streeters ruined the world so this is the type of things we might be able to afford anytime in the next 5 years.

And I can afford to never own one.

That gives me hope.

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I'll take neither and buy myself a nice 2004 Seville SLS with low miles in White Lightning and add a corsa cat back exhaust and a K&N intake thank you and stick 5K in the bank.

Different strokes for different folks, but the SLS is too floaty for me.

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And I can afford to never own one.

That gives me hope.

I know I own boring FWD cars at least my Impala is but, I refuse to go that small and boring. Not to mention that under-powered. I already have a Troy-Bilt 2410 Snow Thrower with more power than that I just got. :AH-HA_wink:

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Different strokes for different folks, but the SLS is too floaty for me.

Looks nice though. When I was car shopping, I had hoped to run across an STS but they were extremely hard to come by... and sold a lot quicker.

Back on subject, I don't have a problem with the Spark... just the viability of this segment in the US. Would this be considered A-segment?

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I know I own boring FWD cars at least my Impala is but, I refuse to go that small and boring. Not to mention that under-powered. I already have a Troy-Bilt 2410 Snow Thrower with more power than that I just got. :AH-HA_wink:

Contrary to popular belief on this site, FWD doesn't equal boring or bad. :P After all, I love my large FWD beast. :wink:

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