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GM Teases Next-Gen Chevrolet Spark

March 09, 2015

Photo courtesy of GM.
Photo courtesy of GM.

General Motors will unveil its next-generation 2016 Chevrolet Spark subcompact car at the New York and Seoul auto shows in a joint announcement scheduled for April 2.

The Spark will get a "sleeker, more aerodynamic profile" and "more sophisticated aesthetic" so it can better compete in the global minicar market, according to GM.

The joint announcement may be a nod to the Spark's origins as the Daewoo Matiz. GM took over Daewoo in 2002 and initially offered the vehicle as the Chevrolet Matiz. In 2009, GM offered began selling it as teh Beat in India. Chevrolet began producing the Spark EV in 2013, a battery-electric vehicle with an EPA-rated 82-mile range.

GM now sells the Spark in 71 global markets with South Korea being the leading buyer followed by the U.S. and Mexico. Commercial fleets added 237 Spark cars in 2013, while rental fleets added 5,898.

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