Way down on the bottom rung of Chevrolet's lineup lives a car that makes you doubt it could come from the same company that makes a sports car like the Corvette.
Of course, what Chevy won't necessarily tell you about the Spark minicar is that it has roots in the South Korea's now-defunct Daewoo Motors, which GM now owns and operates primarily to produce its cars for Asian markets.
While previous generations of the Spark were spawned from a car called the Daewoo Matiz, this one, whose design dates back to 2016, is a ground-up GM design it also sells under its Opel and Vauxhall brands.
For 2018, the Spark is unchanged save for the addition of an appropriately-named colour called Sorbet. A Spark
Chevrolet makes pretense about the Spark's purpose: with a 1.4L engine making 98 hp and 94 lb-ft of torque, this is a city car through and through. A five-speed manual transmission is the standard gearbox, and a continuously variable (CVT) automatic is the option.
As a nod to this car being targeted at young drivers whose lives revolve around smartphones, the Spark comes standard with a 7.0-inch infotainment touchscreen that incorporates the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration platforms. A standard backup camera carries over.
Otherwise, this is a very basic car: air conditioning is an option and the base model has windows, locks and mirrors that operate on muscle power.
Move up to the LT trim and Chevrolet adds OnStar, a Wi-Fi hotspot, air conditioning, height-adjustable driver's seat, cruise control, satellite radio. The 2LT model gets keyless entry, sunroof, steering wheel audio controls, power windows and rear park assist.
Fuel consumption estimates are 8.0/6.0 L/100 km (city/highway) with the manual transmission and 7.8/6.2 with the CVT.
This vehicle has not yet been reviewed