Chevrolet Spark Review & Ratings
- 2 December 2015
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
The Chevrolet Spark is classified as a city car and is currently manufactured by General Motors under the Chevrolet brand, though originally it was “Daewoo Matiz”. This vehicle has and still is available only as a 5-door hatchback. In 1998 the very first generation of Daewoo Matiz was launched by the General Motors division in South Korea, which used to be known as Daewoo Motors. Ever since General Motors took over Daewoo Motors in 2002, this vehicle has been marketed under the Chevrolet brand name. The second generation of this car premiered in 2005 and the third generation was released in 2010.
The Chevrolet Spark EV, which is an all-electric version of the vehicle, was released in the United States in certain markets in California as well as Oregon in June of 2013. This vehicle was the first ever all-electric passenger car to be marketed by General Motors since the discontinuation of the EV1 in 1999. The M100, which was the first generation Chevrolet Spark, was manufactured from 1998 to 2005 and was sold in South Korea as well as a number of European countries under the name M100. The exterior design of this vehicle was heavily influenced by the Lucciola, which was a Fiat Cinquecento concept from Italdesign Giugiar which Fiat had rejected.
The M150, which was produced from 2000 to 2005, received a major facelift and a lot of improvements from designers at Daeowoo’s Worthing Technical Center in England. This vehicle was released in South Korea in 2000 and exported from 2001. The front-end structure of the M150 was redesigned to fit the new four-cylinder engine, but the introduction of the engine, which was a 1.0 liter S-Tec unit, was temporarily put off until the Daewoo takeover of 2002 came to a close.
This vehicle featured two different petrol engines, one of which was an I3 53 PS (50 horsepower) with 4,200 rpm and a top speed of 89 mph. The other engine that was offered with the M150 was called the I4 which was rated for 63 PS or 62 horsepower and had a top speed of 96 mph. The second generation of this vehicle brought with it a lot of changes, including numerous modifications to the interior and exterior. This vehicle was first shown as the Chevrolet M3X concept car at the 2004 Paris Motor Show with an upper body that had been heavily revised based on a design from Italdesign Giugiaro.
In 2008, there were some major revisions done to the 800cc engine so that it fell below the 120g/km level, qualifying it for the UK’s £35 road tax band. This vehicle was sold in various European countries under the names “Chevrolet Matiz” and “Chevrolet Spark”, depending on the specific areas. There was also an LPG version of the vehicle which was called the Chevrolet Matiz Eco Logic and it was manufactured from 2007 to 2010, selling over 60,000 units.
The production of the Chevrolet Spark EV was announced in October of 2011 with all-electric design, making history for General Motors. This vehicle is limited to only U.S markets and is powered by an AC drive train which was initially intended to be developed by Miro Zoric and produced by Fiat, but certain complications lend to a change of plans. The production version of this vehicle was first unveiled at the Los Angeles Auto Show in 2012. The Spark EV is powered by a nanophosphate lithium-ion battery pack which is supplied by A123 Systems as well as an electric motor capable of 114 horsepower and sustained power of 75 horsepower. This vehicle is definitely a innovation in a number of ways and has already gained quite a bit of popularity with consumers.