By on June 27, 2011

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…

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6 Comments on “Chevy Beats The Gas Prices Blues In India With LPG, EV City Car...”

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    If my driveway doesn’t open up right into a full speed road, 12 seconds to 60 just requires a little patience and planning, and 100 mph top speed is something i would probably only be able to reach twice before getting a very expensive ticket.

    100mph top speed means it can keep up with 80 or 85 traffic on the main highways, and maybe you’re not running the engine at 98% when doing 75 or 80, so economy should remain.

    • 0 avatar

      In my part of the world, drivers have no need for more that half the horsepower that their vehicles possess. People casually pull away from lights and daringly drive 10kph over the posted limit. We have long on-ramps and merge zones and drivers that will usually let you in if you signal.

      I assume, from what I read on the Internet, that other parts of the world truly are cut and thrust, full throttle/smoking brake exercises in vehicular survival, but a 12second vehicle would have no trouble keeping up with typical traffic here.

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    for city driving, 0-30 is most important. for highway driving, it is

    the Spark will probably not do well in 40-70 (lets face it, a lot of automobiles struggle here), but if 0-30 is fine it should be good enough.

    it won’t attract drivers that need penis extensions, but they don’t really look in this segment anyway.

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    I answered it carefully because it is true. Tough, but our jobs are to solve it. What the heck does a Spark have to do with that and how did you speak that I think that no one would buy these specs on the Spark in India? wow.

    • 0 avatar

      Hey, thanks for stopping by. I was simply pointing out that GM does have the cars to meet any proposed CAFE increase… and because it was “very much on” in 2009, I can only assume that the reason we don’t have a Spark for sale here is that the market isn’t ready to buy it in large numbers yet. If gas were more expensive and the market had shown a willingness to buy lots of small, 12-seconds-to-60 cars, I assume the Spark would be here by now… or we’d at least be hearing more about it. I’m guessing a natural gas-powered version would be especially popular, potentially delivering a far more economically-attractive high-efficiency proposition than the Volt.

      Of course you know more about this than I do. If you’d like to talk about the Spark’s future in the US market, I’d be thrilled to learn more (as, I’m guessing, would our readers). Shoot me an email (edward (at) thetruthaboutcars (dot) com) if you’d like to pass on some extended thoughts and I’d be happy to post them as a separate item for discussion.

      Thanks again for taking the time to stop by and chime in. I’m sorry if I framed the topic in a confusing manner, but I definitely wasn’t trying to trivialize the challenge everyone in the industry faces in planning for the future. I just thought the Spark proves what you say: it could pass 2025 CAFE tomorrow, but how many Americans would be prepared to buy one tomorrow?

      • 0 avatar

        Ed–no worries. I cant talk about our future product stuff obviously and your clarification is great so thanks for that and I just want people to know there are lots of customers with different views of what they need for cars or trucks and we obviously try to please them on many levels, so I just want to make sure folks know I have an open mind and want to win. thanks man–mark

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