Spark 2012 is an entry level hatchback produced and marketed by General Motors. The car was originally known as Daewoo Matiz and its first generation of the car was launched in 1998 for the global market. The Matiz was designed by Italdesign Giugiaro. In India the car was launched in 2007, during the second generation of Matiz which started in 2005 and ended in 2009. The third generation of the car was launched in 2010. In October 2011 the company has also announced the production of Chevrolet Spark EV, with initial plans to be launched in selected US and global markets in 2013. The latest face-lifted model made its debut in India in October 2012.
Chevrolet Spark is one of the most successful cars by General Motors in India. In 2007-08 the car has also won “Best Value Car of the Year” award by BS Motoring. Today the car pits itself against the likes of Maruti Suzuki Alto 800, Alto K10, Hyundai Eon and Maruti Suzuki Zen Estilo. The car is available in both petrol and LPG options.
The Chevrolet Spark comes equipped with 3 different petrol engines and 2 different LG engines. The petrol engine consists of 1.0, 1.0 LS and 1.0 LT 4 cylinder and 5 speed transmission engines. The engines have a displacement of 995 cc and can churn out maximum power of 63 PS @5400 rpm and maximum torque of 90.3 NM @4200 rpm while the LPG engines come with 1.0 LS and 1.0 LT 4 Cylinder, 8V SOHC MPFI 5 speed manual transmission engine. The vehicle has a displacement of 995 cc and can churn out maximum power of 61 PS @5400 rpm and maximum torque of 90.3 NM @ 4200 rpm.
The front has a McPherson Strut with Anti Roll Bars suspension while the rear consists of Torsion Beam Axle suspension. The front has disc brakes while the rear has drum brakes. The petrol engines can deliver maximum fuel efficiency of 18 kmpl while the LPG can deliver maximum fuel efficiency of 13.2 kmpl.
In the exterior the aerodynamic design of Spark gives it a modern look. The front has a Chevrolet signature dual port front grille. The jewels like chrome finish around the grille and fog lamps reflect the intricacies and passion with which the spark has been designed. The headlamps have got a distinctively shaped ‘Quotation Style’ design. The roof has got two sleek satin silver roof rails that enhance its aerodynamic design. The side profile of the car consists of has got a simple look. It consists of side rear view mirrors. The tinted glasses give it a stylish look. Moving on to the rear, the car has an optimally placed rear tail lamps providing the car a high visibility and safety. The centre high mounted stop lamp is another feature that adds style besides being one of the safety features while driving at night. The car also has a rear spoiler that looks good and sporty.
The length of the car is 3495 mm, width is 1495 mm and the height is 1518 mm.
The Spark comes with a modern and stylish looking dual tone interiors and an optimax cabin. The silver painted dash looks fine while the décor is just fine. The instrument cluster has been placed above the AC vents giving it a plain and dull look to the dashboard behind the 2-spoke power steering wheel. In terms of seats and spacing the Spark can adjust 5 people easily and has fair legroom and headroom. The front seats can be slided and reclined as per the passengers comfort while the rear seats are foldable. Apart from these features, the vehicle also consists of Seatback Shopping Hooks, Digital Tachometer, Digital Tripmeter, Digital Fuel Gauge, Low Fuel Warning, Door Ajar Warning, Bottle Holders in Door Trims, Front Door Map Pockets, Cup-holders on Center Console, Digital Clock, 3 Position Cabin Lamp. The car is also equipped with several comfortable features like Air-conditioner with Heater, Adjustable Front Headrest, Remote Boot Release, Remote Fuel Lid Release, Accessory Socket, Front & Rear Power Windows, Passenger Vanity Mirror, Audio System (CD/MP3), USB, Aux-in, Speakers, Antenna, Rear Defogger and Internally Adjustable ORVM.
In terms of safety the vehicle is equipped with Headlamp Levelling device, Central-High mount stop lamp, 3-Point ELR Seat Belts – Front, 3-Point ELR Seat Belts – Rear, 2-Point Seat Belts - Rear Middle, Collapsible Steering Column, Tubeless Tyres, Brake Booster, Rear Doors - With Child Safety lock, Central Locking and Day/Night Anti glare Rear View Mirror.
Overall, the vehicle is good in terms of exterior looks, fair in terms of engines and have low maintenance cost. In the interior the dashboard looks a bit odd and the most important thing is the lack of good safety features but nothing more can be expected with an entry level hatchback, though it can be improved a bit.