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When the mini car goes on sale later this year, the Chevrolet Spark will be available in three trim levels starting at $12,995 including destination. Spark is a four-passenger, five-door hatch.

The Spark features a standard 1.2L Ecotec dual-overhead cam four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing that delivers an estimated 85 horsepower (63 kW) and five-speed manual transmission. A 4-speed automatic transmission is available on all models for $925. Spark also provides a five-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty and OnStar.

Chevrolet MyLink in the Spark will include Pandora internet radio and Stitcher Smart Radio apps. Later in the model year, the recently introduced GogoLink—an embedded smartphone application that delivers full-function navigation including live traffic updates—will be available. Pricing for GogoLink will be announced later.

Standard convenience features including air conditioning, power windows, rear window wiper, auxiliary input jack, outside temperature display and trip computer. The safety package includes10 air bags, electronic stability control with traction control and brake assist.

Comments

HarveyD

This looks a lot like an Asian built 1974 small ICEV with a new envelop.
What was it called then? Chevy Metro-Acadian etc...?

kelly

A South Korean built $13k, w/AC and 100K mile warranty sounds competative.

SJC

Saturday Night Live had a skit on a car they called the Adobe, it was made of clay. The motto was "you could buy a cheaper car, but we would not recommend it".

kelly

After decades of 'Trickle-down Ron and the Lipreading Deciders', we're lucky to still have roofed vehicles.

Over 75,000 Nanos a month, ~$3,000 each, says a lot about prices we're charged. http://businesstoday.intoday.in/story/tata-motors-nano-sales-november-auto-sales/1/20584.html

sd

@Kelly

Try reading your own reference a little more carefully. From your reference:

"Sales of the Tata Nano were 6,401 numbers compared to 509 units sold in November, last year," the company said.

Maybe, you meant the Tata sold 75,000 Nanos a year based on the November sales of 6401 Nanos?

Anyway, I am not sure what the point is that you were trying to make.

kelly

sd, I misread the 75,000 for the adjacent Nano picture.

My point is that if Tata can build and sell thousands of 4-seat highway speed automobiles for years at $2-3,000 USD - why is the lowest new car available in the US priced over FOUR TIMES higher?

Air bags/seat belts are cheap. Any Nano is safer than the millions of motorcycles on US roads.

US regulations aren't multiplying car prices for "safety" reasons.

sd

Kelly

From Wikipedia:

This (Tata Nano Europa) export version of the Nano was first shown at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show but has yet to go on sale. Heavily upgraded to meet EU safety and emission standards, the car will have a number of improvements over the standard Nano, including an extended wheelbase, a new 3-cylinder engine, power steering, an anti-lock braking system (ABS) and an improved interior and exterior.[34] The Nano Europe will be more expensive, heavier, and less fuel efficient than the standard Nano with prices said to be around US$6000.

The US standards for emissions and safety are even more stringent and would probably add more weight and cost. Also, where I live the rural interstate speed limits are either 75 or 80 mph. I doubt that there would be much or a market in the US even if it could be sold for around $8K. The Spark has air conditioning, electric doors and locks, rear wiper, etc as standard equipment plus a 5 year, 100,000 mile warranty.

kelly

"I doubt that there would be much or a market in the US even if it could be sold for around $8K."

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/03/why-dont-young-americans-buy-cars/255001/

Lots of folks are interested in saving five or ten thousand dollars, but sort like the 60 and 70 mpg cars in Europe - there's just no need or they ain't safe enough for the US.

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