Speaking of GM’s future lineup, there’s no sign in GMI’s 2013 projected lineup of the on-again-off-again Spark city car (A-Segment) that we had heard would be here now. Hell, they’ve had the cupholders ready since 2009. So what’s the Spark up to?
It’s already on sale in much of the world, but in India (where the model is known as the Beat) it’s working on improving its fuel economy beyond even its 1.2 liter gas-sipper’s already-impressive frugality. And reflecting the numerous options available for reducing gas consumption, The Hindu Business Line reports GM has built an (in-house) electric version (currently for testing only) as well as a 56 MPG (non-EPA) diesel version and a Liquid Petroleum Gas (LPG) version. Which explains why GM’s Mark Reuss answered very carefully when asked by the WSJ [sub] if it were possible for GM to meet the rumored 56.2 MPG CAFE standard, saying
These are tough goals; we have to evaluate this. It’s how you get there with cars and trucks [that] consumers want to buy.
Apparently 12 seconds to 60 MPH and a 100 MPH top speed is not Mr Reuss’s version of a “car that consumers want to buy.” At least at current gas prices anyway…