General Motors, world's largest car manufacturer, brought forth its most popular car the Chevrolet Spark in April 2007 in order to take on its rivals in the small car market. The bold look, stylish exterior and attractive interior of Spark fetched lots of rave reviews. Experts regard it a much better car in comparison to its rival because of its high quality steel, which makes Spark a light weight and well balanced car.
Spark is equipped with latest technologies and has much space, despite it being an economy car. Its profile boasts of possessing torsion beam and shock absorbers with trailing arms, which render better stability to the car even on roughest roads. Spark is believed to be the reincarnation of Matiz, as its appearance reminds of the historical Daewoo Matiz. The Chevrolet Spark has fetched better response in Indian Market, albeit the angst of resale haunts the mind of owners.
The official website of Chevrolet India introduce the car in much better words, “Chevrolet Spark has been specially designed to offer you the luxury of a stress-free drive with unique safety features for you and your loved ones”.Chevrolet Spark History
The story of evolution of Chevrolet cars is interestingly related to a well known car racer Louis Chevrolet. William C. Durant, a successful buggy manufacturer from Michigan convinced Louis Chevrolet to help him design a car for the mob. Both luminaries united and the company was established in 1911. Alfred Sloan positioned Chevrolet to sell a lineup of mainstream vehicles to give direct and tough competition to Henry Ford’s (founder of Ford Motor Company) Model T in 1920. ‘Chevrolet’ or ‘Chevy’ was once synonymous with General Motors (GM).
In 1928, Chevrolet came to India and established itself in Mumbai, then Bombay, with an assembly plant in Sewree. General Motors (GM), Chevrolet’s parent company, was the first automobile company to open an assembly plant in India. Chevrolet has been the choice of many, be it Maharajas, freedom fighters or common man. It has been an integral part of India’s automotive landscape from the early 20s till today. Even the Nawab of Hyderabad who was considered as the richest man in the world at that time used Chevrolet Tourers as his official car.
Chevrolet Spark was launched in April 2007. It was designed by GM Daewoo in South Korea. The Daewoo Matiz (M100), which was launched in 1998, can be regarded as the great ancestor of Spark. Daewoo Matiz (M100) was powered by a carburetted 796cc, 52 bhp, 3-cylinder engine. Matiz became so much popular that 40,000 units were sold until the fall down of its founder. The wind of change turned to another direction when GM acquired over the Korean company and introduced the Spark (M200) in 2007. Spark (M200) gave the company a re-stand in the market with its constantly increasing popularity in the Asian auto car market.
Taking the small segment seriously, General Motors attempted to make its foray in India with some of the finest small cars, which included Spark. Through Spark, GM intends to give tough competition to other car makers in terms of design, novelty, technology and price. With its chic compact design and body, even the minimal detail of the new Spark draws the attention of every car buyer.
Chevrolet Spark cars possess 'beige interior' along with sharp rising shoulder-line and congregating lines at the front. Basically, Chevrolet Spark in India is designed to suit the rough Indian roads. Moreover, Chevrolet Spark price is another factor that compels buyers to think multiple times before buying anything else. This car costs around Rs. 3.70 lacs. With stylish looks, advanced technology and safety features, Spark is true to the Chevy‘s slogan, “Chevrolet Runs Deep”.Chevrolet Spark Variants
Chevy India is ready to take advantage of the rising demand of small cars in India seriously and hence, launched the Spark. Being conscious of the challenging market, Chevy brought forth many variants of the Spark that suit demands of many. Chevrolet is much experienced in perceiving the behaviour of the customers and need of the market; hence, offer Spark in different price range. The different variants of Chevrolet Spark are:
Chevrolet Spark 1.0E:
The new Chevrolet Spark 1.0E is powered by 1.0 litre, 995cc, SMART-TEC petrol engine, with five speed manual gearbox that renders 63bhp power with superb fuel efficiency. It also gives a top speed of 151 kmph and features steel cum hubcap wheels. It has a culmination of a supple suspension and optimised front axle which make it more comfortable than the other cars.
Its compact body, tiny turning radius as well as front and rear shocks add to its comfort and elegance. The advance rear axle offers much better precision in wheel controlling and handling. The new Spark 1.0E provides manual driver seat adjustment feature, along with flexibility to fold rear seats. The new Chevrolet Spark 1.0E costs around Rs. 3.5 lacs.
Chevrolet Spark 1.0PS:
Chevrolet Spark 1.0PS is also powered by 1.0 litre, 995cc, SMART-TEC petrol engine with five speed manual gearbox, rendering excellent power of 63bhp with better fuel efficiency. It gives the economy of 13 kmpl in city and 16 kmpl on highway, along with the top speed of 156 kmph. It features A/C, power steering, front power window, tinted glass, folding rear seat, manual driver adjustment and durable wheels with steel hubcaps. The new Chevrolet Spark 1.0PS has the same specifications as the Spark 1.0E, but it possesses some additional features and costs around Rs. 3.85 lacs.
Chevrolet Spark 1.0:
The Chevrolet Spark 1.0 carries the same features like the new Chevrolet Spark 1.0E. It, too, is equipped with 1.0 litre, 995cc, SMART-TEC petrol engine rendering 63bhp power. It also possesses 5 speed manual gearbox and gives economy of 13 kmpl in city and 16 kmpl on highways. It features only manual driver seat adjustment, folding rear seats and steel hubcaps. The new Chevrolet Spark 1.0 costs around Rs. 3.86 lacs.
Chevrolet Spark 1.0 LS:
Chevrolet Spark 1.0 LS too possesses 1.0 litre, 995cc, SMART-TEC petrol engine with five speed manual gearbox. It achieves a maximum power of 63 bhp, with distinguished fuel efficiency. It has fuel economy of 13 kmpl in city and 16 kmpl on highways and boasts top speed of 156 kmph. The new Chevrolet Spark 1.0 LS comes with A/C, power steering, central locking, front power window, hubcap steel wheels and tinted glass.
It also features manual driver seat (length and rake) adjustment system, front passenger seat adjustment, 2 rear seat belts, folding rear seats, 1 tripmeter, door mirror with internal adjustment and body coloured bumpers. Customers can buy this Spark variant for around Rs. 4.2 lacs.
Chevrolet Spark 1.0 PS LPG:
The new Spark 1.0 PS LPG is powered by 1.0 litre, 995cc, SMART-TEC engine along with 5 speed manual gearbox. It renders maximum power of 63bhp with high fuel efficiency. It gives the economy of 10 kmpl in city and 13 kmpl on highways. The new Spark 1.0 PS LPG features A/C, power steering, central locking, front power window, hubcap steel wheels and 1 tripmeter. Moreover, it is equipped with manual driver seat (length and rake) adjustment system, front passenger seat adjustment, 2 rear seat belts, door mirror (both passenger and electric retract), fog lamps and body coloured bumpers. It costs around Rs. 4.26 lacs.
Chevrolet Spark 1.0 LT:
Chevrolet Spark 1.0 LT has 1.0 litre, 995cc, SMART-TEC petrol with 5 speed manual gearbox. It gives outstanding power of 63bhp and boasts better fuel efficiency, with fuel economy of 13 kmpl in city and 16 kmpl on highways. The top speed achieved by this car is 156kmph. Like other variants it too has A/C, power steering, central locking, front power window, hubcaps and tinted glass.
It also features manual driver seat (length and rake) adjustment system, front passenger seat adjustment, 2 rear seat belts, folding rear seats, 1 tripmeter, door mirror with internal adjustment, rear defogger and body coloured bumpers. The price tag is Rs. 4.52 lacs.
There is also an option known as the Spark 1.0 LT Air Bag. It has A/C, power steering, central locks, front and rear power windows, alloy wheel, tinted glass, a tripmeter and passenger manual adjustment door mirror. Its fuel economy is 13 kmpl in city and 16 kmpl on highways, whereas its top speed is 156 kmph. It has the same petrol engine as the other variants and costs around Rs. 5.0 lacs.
Chevrolet Spark 1.0 LS LPG:
The new Spark 1.0 LS LPG comes with 1.0 litre, 995cc, SMART-TEC engine. It too has 5 speed manual gearbox, which offers maximum power of 63 bhp. Its fuel economy is 10 kmpl in city and 13 kmpl on the highways. It has similar features like the Chevrolet Spark 1.0 LS and costs around Rs. 4.55 lacs.
Apart from the current models, there are other cars that the company is planning to launch in India soon. Among these, the new Chevrolet Spark Electric and Chevrolet Spark 800cc are the two most awaited variants of the Spark. It is expected that these might be launched by the end of this year.Chevrolet Spark Pricing
Chevrolet India is aware that its competition is with low priced cars and whatever price tag it decides will play a significant role in the sales of its models. Hence, it has tried to keep the pricing of all its variants within the range of Rs. 3 to 5 lacs. The price of the new Chevrolet Spark varies according to its variants and accessories. Chevrolet offers many schemes and modes of payment, hence providing flexibility to customers. Many dealers are also coming forward with better finance options and gift packages for Spark.Chevrolet Spark Review
Chevrolet Spark is powered by 1.0L, 995cc, SMART-TEC petrol engine with five speed manual gearbox that renders excellent power of 63 bhp with distinguished fuel efficiency. The SMART-TEC engine of this car is optimised with many technological innovations like Sequential MPFI (Multi Point Fuel Injection), Dual Distributor Less Ignition (DDLI) System, Motorised Throttle Intake System (MTIS) and Advanced Optical Sensors. Consequently, the engine offers high performance, along with comfortable and better driving experience.
The 995cc petrol engine of Chevrolet Spark cars has fuel economy of around 13 kmpl in city and 16 kmpl on highways. The Chevrolet spark is, really, true to its tagline “Excellence for Everyone”. Indian Express, a leading Indian Newspaper appreciated it as "Chevrolet Spark is undoubtedly one of the better looking cars on the road. It's neatly structured and unlike the Wagon R and Fiat Palio, there are no jagged edges. It's compact and appears youthful". Furthermore, Femina magazine says, "With a four cylinder 1.0 litre engine, this sexy little baby is quite a good car to navigate through congested city roads". On the whole, Chevrolet Spark in India has got rave reviews from the leading autocar experts.Chevrolet Spark Used Car Market
General Motors India has already launched its used car business in India, known as ‘Chevrolet Ok’. Karl Slym had already declared at the time of its inauguration that “It is a pilot project and we plan to start with 10 dealers. Then depending upon the popularity, it will be taken to other dealers”. Presently, numerous Chevrolet Spark used car market dealers can be traced throughout the country. The new Spark used cars do not haunt the mind of its owner as one can buy and sell his used Spark car in a much easier way.Chevrolet Spark Specifications
Presently, Chevrolet Spark petrol version cars are available in only one engine option that is a 1.0 Litre, 8 V, SOHC SMART-TEC engine. Chevrolet Spark cars are also incorporated with innovative technologies, including Dual Distributor Less Ignition System (DDLI), Sequential MPFI, Advanced Optical Sensor and Motorised Throttle Intake System (MTIS). It has fuel economy of around 13 kmpl in city and 16 kmpl on highways, with a top speed of 156 kmph. It has the maximum power of 63 bhp at 5400 rpm and maximum torque of 90.3 Nm at 4200 rpm.
It possesses a well-defined bonnet V, pointy headlights and tiny slit for a bonnet intake which gives it a sleek look. There is ample seating space and decent storage space in the cabin, in comparison to the other cars of its like. The noise-insulating mat between the engine compartment and the dashboard which too check the sound insulating effect is something that makes it unique. Surpassing the old Matiz, the new Chevrolet Spark has the wheel base of 2345 mm and the length is 3495 mm. All these featured give the new Chevrolet Spark car a totally new and stylish look.Exterior
The new Chevrolet Spark cars have Seamless Monovolume Design. It is a stylish hatchback model that has a chic and charismatic exterior and impressive look. Every detail of the new Spark cars allures attention with its stylish and compact body. The culmination of short body overhangs, a steeply rising shoulder line and converging lines at the front, vouchsafe the new Spark a trendy look.
The 17 inch alloy wheels, along with the body coloured gate handles and bumpers, make it attractive. With large head lamps, full wheel covers, tinted glasses, both sides OSRVMs, rear spoiler, satin silver roof rails, body side moulding, front windshield with top band, mudguards and body side mouldings give it an exclusive impression.
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The new Chevrolet Spark comes with 'beige interior' and Optimax cabin. The colour harmony of beige in the new Spark is perfectly balanced and has a magnetic appeal. A high roofline and a prudent interior design in the Chevrolet Spark ensure highly spacious headroom and legroom not only for front seat passengers, but also for the rear seat passengers.It is also equipped with a number of pragmatic storage spaces.
The instrument panel of the new Spark in India is packed with ergonomically advanced features. The fabric upholstery, fabric insert on door trims, metallic finish on instrument panel and rich blue colour fabric seat covers make it a visual treat. The roof-lines are high along with foldable rear seats. The central cockpit control system has digital cum analogue display and the speedometer has crystal clear visibility. On the whole, the interior of the new Chevrolet Spark is equipped with advanced controls and has impressive look.
Chevrolet Spark features A/C, power steering, front and rear power windows, 2-Din audio system with four speakers and antenna and internally adjustable OSRVMs. Cup holders in front console, bottle holder in front doors, day/night rear view mirror, remote fuel filler, remote tailgate release, front room lamp and passenger side sun visor with vanity mirror are its prominent features. Low fuel warning lamp, heater, seat back shopping hooks, temperature gauge, card holder, digital clock, cigarette lighter, detachable ashtray, 60-40 split double folding rear seat, rear wiper and washer, rear defogger and sunglass holder are other useful features that Spark boasts.
Its interior measurements are as follows:
Chevrolet Spark Mileage, Average and Fuel Economy
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New Chevrolet Spark renders best fuel efficiency as per AR. It is because of its 1.0L, 995cc, SMART-TEC petrol engine, with 5-speed manual gearbox that produces generous power of 63 bhp with excellent fuel efficiency. Its distinguished engine provides high engine performance as well as smooth and noiseless driving experience. The new Spark cars in India give mileage around 13 kmpl in city and up to 16 kmpl on highways.
The SMART-TEC engine of this car boasts technical innovations like Sequential MPFI (Multi Point Fuel Injection), Dual Distributor Less Ignition (DDLI) System, Motorized Throttle Intake System (MTIS) and Advanced Optical Sensors. All these features together make the new Spark a leading car amongst its rivals, in matters of mileage, average and fuel efficiency.Chevrolet Spark On-road Drive
Chevrolet Spark cars are installed with innovative features that these provide safe and pleasing on-road drive. Customers will surely enjoy the Chevy exclusive drive with the Spark. The new Spark, really, seems sparkling on the road. Spark has front axle with McPherson strut and softer suspension mounting, which make the driving comfortable, convenient and pleasant. The car offers smooth driving at low speed and its overall driving is impressive for a hatch. Its compact body makes the parking easy even in tight spaces. Moreover, the well developed torsion beam rear axle delivers better handling and wheel control. Overall, the Spark provides an enjoyable and safe driving experience.Chevrolet Spark Power
Chevrolet Spark is powered by a 1.0L, 995cc, SMART-TEC petrol engine that produces 63 bhp of maximum power at 5400 rpm and maximum torque of 90.3 Nm at 4200 rpm. The engine of the new Spark has the calibre of rendering better performance and fuel efficiency. It has such a good acceleration that the car never vibrates even when its speedometer flashes the speed of 100 kmph.
One of its variant, the new Spark 1.0 PS LPG, is equipped with 1.0 litre, 995cc, SMART-TEC petrol and diesel engine. This variant opens the portal of many options in front of the customers, in terms of power and fuel efficiency.Chevrolet Spark Acceleration and Pick Up
The SMART-TEC technology of the engine of the new Chevrolet Spark helps achieve maximum torque and power with ease. Chevrolet stands as a car which is ideal for driving in congested city traffic. Its 995cc power plant renders superb acceleration and consequently the new Spark can reach 100 kmph speed just within 15.1 seconds. Moreover, the new Spark can attain the top speed of 153 kmph.Chevrolet Spark Safety and Security
Chevrolet Spark offers total X-PRO safety to its passengers. 51% of the total weight of its body shell is made of high-strength steel. The front-end design of the Spark is the first among its likes to abide by the new European regulations on pedestrian safety. Tailor-welded Blanks have been incorporated to enhance side protection. It should not be ignored that the Tailor-welded Blanks are normally used only in upper-segment vehicles, but the Spark boasts these despite being a low-priced car.
Spark also possesses a ground-breaking interior design with ergonomically advanced controls that enhance safety. Other safety features include ventilated disk brakes and airbags that ensure safety of the driver. The Antilock Brake System (ABS) provides hassle-free stop without skidding even on hard braking on wet or slippery roads. Thus, the Chevrolet Spark gives its owner the safe driving experience and makes him enjoy the drive.Chevrolet Spark Comfort and Convenience
Chevrolet Spark renders comfort and convenience with its features like headlight-leveller, glove-box, cup holder and many more. All the variants of the Spark possess IP storage on the side of the driver and there is the option of internal adjustment OSRVMs too. Moreover, the cup holders in front console, holders for bottles in front doors, rear view mirror for day and night visibility, remote fuel filler release, remote tail gate release and front room lamp are present in all the variants.
Additionally, A/C, digital clock, tachometer, heater, seat back shopping hooks, temperature gauge, low fuel warning lamp, passenger side sun visor with vanity mirror, battery voltage indicator and power steering (except basic model) are included in all the Spark variants. Top variant 1.0 LT boasts additional features like the rear power windows, 60-40 split double folding rear seat, rear defogger, rear washer and wiper, co-driver sear side and back pockets. All these features make Spark one of the preferred choices of customers looking for a comfortable and affordable car.Chevrolet Spark Colours
The Chevrolet Spark comes in seven attractive colours, topaz, Olympic white, misty lake metallic, and sand rift grey, caviar black, blazing red and linen beige.Chevrolet Spark Wheels
Chevrolet Spark cars are available with both conventional steel wheel as well as alloy wheel options. Its top end variant LT has 17 inch alloy wheels. On the other hand, the size of its steel wheel is 13X4.5J and the size of its puncture resistant tubeless tyres is 155/70 R13. Undoubtedly, the puncture resistant tubeless tyre not only makes it fit for off-road driving, but also adds to its popularity.Chevrolet Spark Stereo and Accessories
The higher end variants of Chevrolet Spark cars come with the option of 2-Din Audio System, with four speakers and antenna. The new Spark car’s audio system is CD/MP3/FM compatible that is packed with four integrated speakers, which offers quality sound. The Chevrolet Spark is also equipped with the powerful A/C with heater that provides comfortable atmosphere and gives full relief to its passengers, whether it is cold or hot.Chevrolet Spark Dealers
Chevrolet Spark car dealers are present throughout India.