- Already on sale in most other global markets, Chevrolet's new minicar reaches U.S. and Canadian dealers in mid-2012.
- Spark is powered by a 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 85 horsepower and 82 pound-feet of torque.
- The five-door hatchback seats four.
LOS ANGELES — Making its North American debut this week at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2013 Chevrolet Spark minicompact will begin reaching U.S. and Canadian dealers in mid-2012 — years after its debut in most other global markets.
Engineered and built in Korea by GM Daewoo, the four-passenger, five-door hatchback was first shown in concept form as the Chevrolet Beat nearly three years ago at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show. The Spark went on sale in Europe in early 2010. Versions are sold by GM around the world, in such far-flung locations as India, Australia, Mexico and Uzbekistan.
For the U.S., the Spark will be powered by a 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 85 horsepower and 82 pound-feet of torque. It comes with a standard five-speed manual gearbox; a four-speed automatic is optional.
Chevy says its new minicar is aimed at "first-time buyers and city dwellers." It plans to load even the base model up with features, including air-conditioning, power windows, 15-inch wheels and tires, and 10 airbags.
Spark 1LT and 2LT trim levels will come with Bluetooth wireless connectivity and the MyLink infotainment system, which enables the 7-inch touchscreen to display smartphone-based navigation and media and link to Internet radio.
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