General Motors has announced that it’s first ever minicar, the Chevrolet Spark, will hit showrooms around America in August of this year. The four-seat Spark will come with a 4-cylinder, 1.2-liter Ecotec engine and either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The Chevrolet Spark will achieve 83 horsepower with this powertrain.
The Chevrolet Spark has been very successful in foreign markets such as Europe, Asia, Australia, Mexico, and South America. General Motors believes the Spark will compete aggressively with the Mini Cooper and Fiat 500. GM has not released official fuel mileage estimates for the American Spark, but it is believed the figures will land somewhere around 30 mpg city and 40 mpg highway.
All models will receive ten airbags, 15-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning, and power windows. LT trims will have Chevrolet’s MyLink touch-screen infotainment system, heated seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
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The new 2013 Chevrolet Volt has been modified from the previous model and is taking a firm stand against increasing competition in the electric car market.
Not only does the 2013 Volt have a larger battery, but the MPGe will rise from 94 to 98.
While most changes are minor, the biggest change the Volt will see is the addition of a “Hold Drive” button. This will allow drivers to conserve the battery power for use at a certain time. This will be useful when drivers enter city boundaries where electric vehicles are given the option to drive in priority lanes.
Even though the Volt’s fuel economy will still be lower than the Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric, and Honda Fit EV, it does have a greater range—380 miles, enabling it to outrun other electric vehicles.
The upgrades the Volt has undergone are impressive and Chevrolet is eagerly awaiting customers to get inside one of them.
Kelley Blue Book released its top 10 Best Green Cars list for 2012, and the only car brand to have two models crack that list: Chevrolet. The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco and the 2012 Chevrolet Volt both made Kelley Blue Book’s top 10 Best Green Cars list for their efficiency and unique green technology.
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco uses e-Assist technology uses power from the lithium-ion battery to provide a needed electrical boost in certain driving situations. Regenerative braking, engine start-stop functionality, and aggressive fuel cut-off during deceleration are all features that come with the 2013 Malibu Eco. With all of these technologies active, the Malibu Eco can travel 580 highway models with a full 15.8-gallon fuel tank.
The 2012 Chevrolet Volt operates using both a battery and a gas generator. Drivers can switch between all-electric driving mode and gas-driving mode. The Volt can drive 35 miles on a full charge without using any gasoline and can drive up to 344 miles using the gasoline generator. The EPA estimates the Chevy Volt has a total driving range of 344 miles.
Clements Chevrolet Cadillac Subaru currently has both the Malibu Eco and Volt in stock. Visit our website, or stop by our dealership, located in Rochester, Minnesota.