Complete Chevrolet Spark lineup, specs, economy, dimensions

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The Chevrolet Spark is a city car manufactured and marketed by GM Korea, a subsidiary of General Motors, from 1998 to 2002. The Spark qualifies as a "light car" in South Korea, a classification allowing reduced taxes and parking fees in exchange for limits on the vehicle's overall size and engine power. The Spark model was discontinued in 2022.

History of the Chevrolet Spark 

First Generation Chevrolet Spark (M100, M150; 1998–2005)

M100 (1998–2000)

The Chevrolet Spark, initially marketed in South Korea and Europe as the M100, entered production for the first time in 1998. The Lucciola, a concept car for the Fiat Cinquecento that was later scrapped, inspired the exterior design. It used the Daewoo Tico's 0.8L engine and drivetrain. The Chevrolet Spark caused a copyright problem in China after a local Chinese automaker, Chery Automobile, built a vehicle that was substantially identical to the Chevrolet Spark.

M150 (2000–2005)

This revamp debuted in South Korea in late 2000 and began getting sold the following year after it was created in Daewoo's Worthing Technical Center in England. GM altered the front-end architecture to fit a 4-cylinder engine. However, the carmaker didn't introduce the 1.0L S-Tec unit until after General Motors acquired Daewoo in 2002. GM-Uzbekistan (formerly UzDaewooAuto) continues to manufacture the M150 in Uzbekistan. In 2016, the vehicle was introduced to the Russian market under the Ravon Matiz brand. However, it was quickly phased out. This rebranded Matiz was marketed as the Daewoo Matiz II in South Korea and Japan.

Lechi (China)

The Chevrolet Lechi was the name under which the vehicle was sold in China. Production continued until 2012, when the Baojun Lechi replaced it with an improved design. It will be sold under the Chevrolet and Baojun names during this change. As a result of powertrain upgrades, the Lechi is now fuel-efficient enough to obtain a subsidy and tax reduction from the Chinese government.

Second Generation Chevrolet Spark (M200, M250; 2005–2009)

Changes were made to the Matiz in 2005 (M200), with the Chevrolet M3X concept car debuting at the 2004 Paris Motor Show, serving as a predecessor. GM upgraded the S-Tec engines, the car's drag coefficient decreased, and the upper body was redesigned after consulting with Italdesign Giugiaro. The cabin also underwent extensive renovations, with the main change being the installation of a dashboard cluster in the middle of the dashboard. GM also made alterations to the platform. General Motors upgraded the 800 cc engine in 2008 to lower emissions by 120 g/km. It was offered to European clients under the Chevrolet Matiz and Chevrolet Spark brand names. The LPG model was sold under the name Chevrolet Matiz EcoLogic in Italy. After the M300 Matiz (Matiz Creative) was released, the M200 Matiz was rebranded as the Matiz Classic and sold exclusively in South Korea with an 800 cc engine. The regional manufacturer GM India created two unique versions of this generation in India. The manufacturer released the Chevrolet Spark LPG and the Chevrolet Spark Muzic from 2009 until 2017.

Third Generation Chevrolet Spark (M300; 2009–2015)

The 2009 Matiz makeover, code-named M300, was inspired by the Chevrolet Beat prototype from the 2007 Chevy Beat concept car. In India, where the second-generation Chevrolet Spark is still available, this model is still marketed under the Beat nameplate even though it is sold there as the Chevrolet Spark. Тhe third-generation Spark was offered as the Daewoo Matiz Creative before the Daewoo nameplate was dropped in South Korea in 2011. At the 2010 Paris Motor Show, GM unveiled a woodie prototype of the upcoming Chevrolet Spark. In 2009, General Motors displayed a pre-production Chevrolet Beat with the Chevrolet Spark moniker during the North American International Auto Show. At that event, the production model was simply hinted at and displayed the Beat design. At the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, the Chevrolet Spark went on sale. In the first quarter of 2010, it was made available in Europe. After that, it was made available in various regions across the world. US sales started in early 2012 for the 2013 model year. For the small-segment market, the design was daring. It gave the impression that the car was larger thanks to its extended fenders over the wheels. The instrument cluster constituted the most beautiful aspect of the interior. Five adults could fit comfortably, but there wasn't much shoulder space in the back. Depending on the market, three different engines were available under the hood. The 1.2L gasoline engine came with a 4-speed automatic transmission in addition to the 5-speed manual transmission that was standard.

Facelift

The first facelift debuted at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. In February 2014, India saw the debut of the first updated model. Though its grille was updated, the Holden Barina Spark's front bumper remained unchanged for the refresh. Based on the look of the Spark's fourth-generation M400 model and released in 2017, this second redesign was intended primarily for emerging markets.

Spark/Beat Activ

South Americans can also choose between the Chevrolet Spark GT Activ and the Chevrolet Beat Activ, both of which are crossover-inspired variants. India's 2016 Auto Expo featured a concept version. Although GM offered the finished result in numerous Latin American markets in 2018, they did not sell it in India.

Spark EV

Chevrolet's Spark EV was a limited-production, five-door hatchback, battery-electric vehicle that was available between 2013 and 2016. The Chevrolet Spark EV was built as a "compliance vehicle" to help automakers comply with a law that requires a set percentage of all US-registered vehicles to be electric. The Chevrolet Spark EV, an electric variant of the third-generation Chevrolet Spark, was announced for development by General Motors in October 2011. The finished product debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November 2012. After the EV1 was removed from the market in 1999, General Motors finally brought out an all-electric passenger car, the Spark EV.

Fourth Generation Chevrolet Spark (M400; 2015–2022)

When GM acquired the financially troubled Daewoo Motor Corporation, it also developed several of the company's products, some of which were sequels. The Spark, which is in its fourth generation, is in the same boat. It's a continuation of the Daewoo Matiz's lineage before it was rebranded as the Daewoo Spark and sold by Chevrolet as the Spark. The Spark's fourth generation debuted during the 2015 New York Auto Show. Thus, the platform has been taken over and pushed to the mass market. The Spark shared its new base and engines with the Opel Karl, sold in Europe. It comes standard in the United States with a 1.4L gasoline engine and has an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 3.9 l/100 km (40 mpg.). There was a 5-speed manual gearbox as standard equipment and a CVT as an option. Trim Levels: Base LS, 1LT, Lifestyle-Oriented ACTIV and 2LT

Facelift Generation Chevrolet Spark (2018–2022)

In 2018, the Spark had a mid-cycle facelift in preparation for the 2019 model year. The upgrades included the third-generation Chevrolet Infotainment 3 infotainment system, new exterior colors, available low-speed automated emergency braking (AEB), and updated exterior styling were among the upgrades.

Discontinuation of Chevrolet Spark

After the 2022 model year, Chevrolet intends to stop manufacturing the Spark in North America, with manufacturing ending in August. The cheapest car for sale in the US and Canada was the Chevrolet Spark. In August 2022, the development of the South Korean market came to an end.

Price

For the 2022 model year, Chevrolet retails the Chevrolet Spark with a starting manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $14,595 for the base LS trim and $17,995 for the top-of-the-line 2LT trim.

Features of the Chevrolet Spark

Exterior Features

The Chevrolet Spark is an attractive and entertaining vehicle. Its tiny dimensions and enormous halogen headlights give it a goofy look, while the hidden rear door handles reduce weight and expense while providing the car a sportier feel. Daytime running lamps (DRLs) are standard on all models. However, LEDs are only available on the 1LT and upwards. The roof-mounted rear spoiler is standard across the board, and Activ's faux off-roader styling includes black plastic panels and a special grille. All models ride on 15-inch wheels. However, the cheapest model has steel rims with wheel covers, while the rest have genuine alloys.

Interior Features

The Spark doesn't have the cheap feel typical of vehicles in its price range. Most plastics are rigid but have smooth, appealing surfaces that fit together perfectly. The front doors are spacious, and the seats are elevated to facilitate entry into the cabin. The front seats are rather cramped, and the cushions are fragile and don't provide any lateral support. It's undeniable that the back seat is tight, and the front seats need to be moved forward to accommodate an adult. The only desirable amenities are the leather upholstery and the heated front seats. Like in a crossover, the driver sits high and is supported by a fold-down armrest. There was no such thing as a flat floor in the hold. Carrying bags also required a raise above the trunk lip. The Spark's cabin features compartments in the center console and a handy shelf above the glovebox, although a plastic tray merely covers the space between the rear seats.

Standard Features

Base LS and Higher Trim

  • Four-Way Manual Adjustment
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Single-Zone Climate Control
  • Obligatory Rearview Camera

1LT

  • Above Features
  • Heated Power Wing Mirrors
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • Cruise Control
  • Foldable Car Keys
  • Multifunction Steering Wheel
  • Power Windows
  • Power Door Locks

Activ

  • Above Features
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Fog Lamps
  • Roof Racks

2LT

  • Keyless Entry
  • Keyless Ignition
  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Sunroof (option)
  • Forward Collision Alert (option)
  • Low-Speed Automatic Emergency Braking (option)
  • Lane Departure Warning (option)

Infotainment Features

LS and Higher Trims

  • Infotainment 3 System
  • Seven-Inch Touchscreen Display
  • Android Auto
  • Apple Carplay
  • Bluetooth Audio Streaming
  • 4G LTE Wi-Fi Hotspot

1LT and Higher

  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • USB Ports
  • Four-Speaker Sound System

Safety Features

LS and Higher Trims

  • Ten Airbags
  • Rearview Camera
  • Stability Control
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System

2LT and Upper Trims

  • Rear Parking Sensors
  • Forward Collision Alert (option)
  • Low-Speed Autonomous Emergency Braking (option)
  • Lane Departure Warning (option)

Release Date

The Chevrolet Spark was released from 1998 to 2022. Daewoo Motors manufactured the Spark model from 1998 to 2002, GM Daewoo from 2002 to 2011, and GM Korea from 2011 to 2022. GM Korea released the 2022 Chevrolet Spark in the third quarter of 2021. Production of the Spark was discontinued in August 2022.