CleanMPG First Drive Review of the 2013 Chevrolet Spark

Discussion in 'Reviews' started by xcel, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. southerncannuck

    southerncannuck Well-Known Member

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2013 Chevrolet Spark

    I loved the video. We tend to want cars that will do everything marginally at the expense of what is the car's primary purpose. This Spark is quite capable of a commute to work and local driving. It gives up some cargo capacity and highway comfort but given it's cost of purchase and ownership It seems GM has a real contender on it's hands.
     
  2. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2013 Chevrolet Spark

    The Spark EV was supposed to use a battery from (now bankrupt) A123, but GM does a lot of business with LG so perhaps there will be a switch.. if LG gets enough business they will start up their battery factory in Holland, MI

    Looking forward to the news..
     
  3. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2013 Chevrolet Spark

    a review of the Spark EV

    http://www.triplepundit.com/2012/11/chevrolet-spark-review/

    "But with the Spark’s “green” credentials comes performance that will shock many drivers. The 130 horsepower Spark boasts 400 lb.-ft. of torque that will leave conventional ICE cars of its size in the dust."
     
  4. Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2013 Chevrolet Spark

    400?!?! :eek

    Thats a lot of torques out of a little boogar


    35-40 miles round trip to my one account in Jackson (I'm there 2-3 days a week) and I brought in my extension cord to plug in my block heater so I know I could recharge, hmmm
     
  5. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2013 Chevrolet Spark

    Remember torque at the wheel is motor (or engine) torque TIMES overall gear ratio, which is probably lower with the EV than with the gasoline engine with its transmission in the lowest gear. Therefore, torque at the wheel won't be THAT much greater.
     
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2012
  6. ILAveo

    ILAveo Well-Known Member

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2013 Chevrolet Spark

    You ought to be able to tow with it. Electric motors have flat torque curves, so essentially all of it would be available down low where you need it. Your range might not be very good is all. Probably would be a good drive train to jockey trailers around a trucking terminal.
     
  7. philmcneal

    philmcneal Has it been 10 years? Wow

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2013 Chevrolet Spark

    great now i got a tough decision between spark or a honda fit with 50k miles (09 sport) for the same price -_-;
     
  8. herm

    herm Well-Known Member

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2013 Chevrolet Spark

    Those two cars have vastly different cargo capabilities.. the Fit should have depreciated a lot by now :)
     
  9. Blackbelt

    Blackbelt Well-Known Member

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2013 Chevrolet Spark

    That's an easy decision. Get the spark.
     
  10. philmcneal

    philmcneal Has it been 10 years? Wow

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2013 Chevrolet Spark

    uh why?^ honda fits 09 can go for 7k vs 12k out the door for the spark although i do not wish to spark a honda vs gm debate

    and cargo capacity is somewhat important to me, i don't want to cry when i go shopping at ikea
     
  11. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2013 Chevrolet Spark

    I like Ikea too. But I rent a minivan to bring large things home. A Fit won't cut the mustard for large items.
    I know some of you Fit owners will disagree !
     
  12. Blackbelt

    Blackbelt Well-Known Member

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2013 Chevrolet Spark

    Because you said in your previous post for the same price Now it's 7K Vs 12K? That's not the same price. For 7K, get the Fit.
     
  13. Blackbelt

    Blackbelt Well-Known Member

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2013 Chevrolet Spark

    If you are going to Ikea, you need a smart! ( i know it's a little contrived, but it's still funny)

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/NkjZtfgqC2w" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
     
  14. philmcneal

    philmcneal Has it been 10 years? Wow

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2013 Chevrolet Spark

    my bad my bad

    just car shopping around now, despite a new car feeling and the cool nav unit from the spark, the engine/tranny combo can't match the fit and finish of the fit, despite having fresh warranty and new car smell.

    although i'd probably pony up a few more to get the sonic, seems like a nicer car since i do a lot of highway travel.
     
  15. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2013 Chevrolet Spark

    Hi CRT1:

    If the price is right, buyers will come. Priced as EVs are today (even with the giveaways), nobody seems to want them.

    Another interesting note arrived in the form of early buyer data.

    The next-generation customer: Spark is creating interest with some of Chevrolet’s youngest buyers. 29 percent of customers under 35.

    New to Chevy: Nearly 54 percent of Spark purchases are conquest sales or buyers who are new to the brand. More than one in five buyers is coming from an import car brand.

    Majority are female: Fifty-one percent of Sparks are purchased by women, more than any other Chevrolet vehicle.

    Salsa Red: Twenty-three percent of Spark owners are choosing Salsa Red, making it the Spark’s most popular exterior color. Jalapeno Green and Denim Blue are the second- and third-most popular Spark colors.

    Seeking value and fuel economy: Early Spark owners indicate their most important reasons for purchasing a Spark were fuel economy and price to value.
     
  16. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    Re: CleanMPG Previews the 2013 Chevrolet Spark

    I like the Spark , but fear Daewoo reliabilty. And the General has a long history of importing Daewoos for a short time , then leaving their poor , mis-informed customers stranded on the roadside.
     
  17. ILAveo

    ILAveo Well-Known Member

    Just traded in the Aveo for a Spark stick (<12K out the door).

    The Aveo wasn't really worn out, but my wife ignores stuff like the wheel shimmy that roasted a front tire that I noticed last week--the first time I'd driven the car in a few weeks.

    My wife thought the way the Prius C's rear seat flipped up probably wouldn't work well for putting goats in the cargo compartment. The Note seemed to be a better car, but not ~$2500 better. MT Fits also were ~$2500 higher and hard to find locally in the stick.
     
  18. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Rich:

    Wow! Pics when you can. I like the Spark for its first time buyer, low cost utility although I know I am a very small minority in the automotive journalistic community.

    Did you purchase the LT so you have BringGo?

    Wayne
     
  19. ILAveo

    ILAveo Well-Known Member

    Salsa red like in your photo, stripped as much as they had, so no BringGo I think. Haven't checked all the infotainment yet. Wife's complaining about _having_ power windows and AC :confused:. Coal bin style interior. I'll have to change my handle around here now I guess:).
     
  20. congrats - :woot:
     

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