New Chevy Spark to hit the US market in 2012 image

General Motor’s financial situation played a major role in delaying the Chevrolet Spark to hit the United States auto market until now, but the car will be available to the over-seas customers starting from next year.

Originally presented at NAIAS (North American International Auto Show) in 2010, the European version of the Chevy Spark is powered by a 1.0 liter engine developing 66 horsepower and by a 1.2 liter 16 valve four-cylinder, which is producing 78 horsepower, both delivering excellent fuel efficiency and low CO2 emissions.

The new Spark will be placed in the A segment, below the Sonic (Aveo), which is in the B segment, with the Cruze in the C segment, the Malibu in D and Impala in the E segment. “Spark minicar will give Chevrolet A-B-C-D-E segment coverage for the first time in the US”, said the executive director of the North American product communications for GM, Jason Laird.

The new Chevrolet Spark will hit the U.S. auto market sometimes in early to mid-2012 as a 2013 model.