New Chevrolet Spark Launched in India : GM enters the small segment

Chevrolet Spark : GM’s new small segment car
India where small car is a need, especially for the urban driving conditions. literally, you can never reach your destination on time in a Luxury sedan (unless you are the CEO). GENERAL Motors (GM) India is all set to add some spice to the luxury sedan market in India. The company is bringing a diesel variant of Chevrolet Optra to India next month. This will be the company’s third car to be launched in India after Aveo U-VA and Chevrolet Spark in a span of four months.
The GM baby, pitted against Maruti Suzuki’s WagonR and Zen Estilo as well as Hyundai’s Santro, would be available in five models with prices ranging from Rs.3,90,000 to Rs.4,24,000.

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Author Review

Design , the only car that will come into your mid while looking at this Chevy is the old pal, Deawoo Matiz . Originally designed by the italian designer Giugiario, Spark retains the styling of Matiz. The spark doesn’t have the sharp end build but you can’t miss the MPV-like look. The Bonnet is V shaped, and has a sharp .

Engineering Its built on a 5mm longer wheelbase than the old Matiz but measuring identical in length. Build quality is pretty good for a small car and panel gaps are fairly tight. the Spark feels much mroe solid than the Marutis but the door shut doesn’t have that ‘feel-so-good’ feeling like them or the Santro.

Interiors First thing you’ll notice is the centrally-mounted instrument console on the Dashboard. the speedometer flanked by temprature and fuel gauges is well within the driver’s line of sight, but is also is visible to all passengers.
Unlike the WagonR, Santro or estilo, the steering wheel is 2 spoke, feels a tough large but the gear knob with round design is similar to that of the Aveo’s and fits nicely witin your palms.

Rear Seating are well bolstered but the seat back is angled a tad too much , possibly to optimize headroom, which again is no where near as good as the taller WagonR or Santro. The Legroom is surprisingly good and the Spark can seat four adults in reasonable comfort.

Cabin storage space is descent. A pair of shelves below the dashboard are useful aids to hold small bits while the front door pockets can easily hold 1-2 litre water bottle. Cup-Holder with removable aish tray and a large cubbyhile ahead of the gear lever like in the WagonR . Spark’s Boot isn’t very spacious. Load lip is high which means one has to expend greater effort to haul luggage into the boot. The rear seat is 60:40 split/folding.
The spectacle case above the driver’s side door is handy so is the anti-glare rear-view mirror.

The Air-Conditioning is powerful enough but with the dark interiors and the glasse house effect , the AC has to work extra hard to be effective.

Engine & Performance The spark comes with Deawoo’s S-Tec engine which is a well-proven unit from the earlier Matiz. It’s 995c, single-cam, two-valves per cylinder unit is scaled down version of U-Va’s engine sharing the common 68.5mm bore. Reaching 100 kph is leisurely 15.94 second over a second slower than Santro. In-gear acceleration isn’t as brisk either and both Santro and WagonR are clearly quicker .

Specs

Fuel : Petrol
Type : 4Cyls in-line, 995cc
Installation : Front, transverse, front wheel drive
Maximum Power : 63bhp at 5400rpm
Maximum Torque : 9.2 kgm at 4200rpm

Bore/Stroke : 68.5/67.5mm
Compression Ratio : 9.3:1
Valve gear : 2 valves per cyl, SOHC
Tyres : 155/70 R13

Gearbox : 5 speed manual
Steering type :Rack and pinion with power assist (Hydraulic)
Turning Circle : 9.2m

Front Brakes : Solid Discs
Rear brakes : drum
Anti-Lock : optional on LT

Fuel Economy
- City : 12.3kpl
- highway : 16.8kpl
- Average : 14.6kpl
- Tank : 38 litres

Author : iWonder

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Article by iWonder on Tuesday, May 8th, 2007 at 4:23 am under categories : Chevrolet
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