GM to Introduce New Spark in 2015, Aveo Delayed Until 2016 image

GM plans to introduce its next-gen Chevrolet Spark mini car in 2015, but the introduction of the revamped Aveo small car will be delayed until 2016.

According to spokesman Choi Jong-hak, GM has also told labor unions it will manufacture the two models in Korea, ending rumors that it might transfer part of the production to another country. The US automaker informed the unions about its plans last week during annual wage talks.

The management said it originally planned to launch the redesigned Aveo in late 2015, but the plan was pushed back. It also said it will produce the new Spark in the first half of 2015,” Choi said, without elaborating.

The Spark and Aveo manufactured in South Korea are exported to Europe, the US and several other markets. GM introduced the Spark in 2009, building it at the Korean plant in the southeastern city of Changwon, while the Aveo has been introduced in 2011, being manufactured at the automaker’s headquarters in Bupyeong, outside of Seoul.

In 2012 GM Korea sold 215,177 Spark vehicles globally, with exports accounting for 70%. The next-gen Cruze, expected to be built in 2014, will now start production in December 2015, according to anonymous sources.