Chevrolet to add a little Spark to its 2013 line-up


When Chevrolet introduced the Sonic, many felt that the Spark was doomed. Guess what? Here are pics of the 2013 Chevy Spark that will hit US dealers later this year. Two Minicars for Chevy you ask? Why not. The Sonic is a little larger and comes in sedan and hatch body styles while the Spark is a five-door only affair. The Spark was updated for the US market with a more aggressive front fascia. 15-inch alloy wheels, and a suite of infotainment features like Pandora, Stitcher, BlueTooth and MyLink. Pricing, specs, features, and options will be announced closer to the Spark's intro closer to the LA Auto Show in November. Chevy's Sonic is flying off of dealer lots so a second mini "world" car (the Spark is sold in more than 100 markets around the globe) should help alleviate Sonic shortages and give consumers more choices. More to come...

Source: Chevrolet - Press release and video after the jump.


Press Release:

The Chevrolet Spark Is Remixed for City Living

Enhancements include ride and handling, interior features and connectivity

The Chevrolet Spark, a mini-car currently sold in 100 markets worldwide, will debut in the U.S. later this year with new features specifically targeted to appeal to the urban millennial market.      

“We listened to what young people said they wanted in a car. Our engineers tuned and equipped the Chevrolet Spark specifically for first-time buyers and city dwellers in North America,” said Chris Perry, vice president of Chevrolet Global Marketing. “Spark is the perfect urban car because we’ve made it easy to drive, easy to park and easy to own.”
To tackle the challenges of urban driving environments, several Spark features are tailored to North American consumers, including:
  • Giving the Spark the ability to conquer steep inclines and declines with Hill Start Assist and equipping the Spark with a sixth sense with Panic Brake Assist – both standard on Spark and new to the mini-car segment in North America.
    • Hill Start Assist aids drivers in cities known for hilly terrain – such as San Francisco – by holding the vehicle in place while the driver switches from the brake pedal to the gas.
    • Panic Brake Assist detects situations where emergency breaking is needed and automatically engages maximum braking force.
  • Squeezing Spark into the tightest of parking spaces with a length of only 144 inches and 63 inches wide, which is 37 inches shorter and 8 inches narrower than the Chevy Cruze.
  • Connecting Spark owners to their friends, music, videos and photos with a radio that features a seven-inch diagonal color touch screen equipped with the Chevrolet MyLink infotainment system, which provides users with access to Pandora and Stitcher, Bluetooth and navigation. MyLink also makes it possible to connect a smartphone or other USB device to play movies, display pictures and download contacts for hands-free calling, allowing for a full in-vehicle media experience.
  • Packing extra horsepower under the hood with modifications to the engine displacement and enhancements to the ride and handling, giving the Spark more power and better handling at higher speeds.
  • Hooking up the Spark with 15-inch wheels, making it the only vehicle in the segment to come standard with alloy wheels and increasing its performance and style street cred.
  • Giving the Spark a facelift with a deeper grille and restyled fog lamps for a sportier, more aggressive style.
The Spark will arrive in Chevrolet showrooms later this year. For more information, please visit www.chevrolet.com/spark.

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