IAB Exclusive: Chevrolet Spark 800 and Cruze to be launched next year

06/11/2008 - 16:40 | ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,  ,   | Dave

During the launch of the new Chevrolet Tavera Neo-2 (Price Rs 9.58 lakh) today in Chennai, General Motors India announced that it will be introducing two car models by next year.

General Motors India President and Managing Director Karl Slym said, "As of now we are working on it but we are expecting the cars to hit the market next year. Out of the two cars one may be in a 'mini-car', while the other in the 'premium sedan' segment" declining to elaborate.

More details have just surfaced about the cars Mr. Slym spoke about. The two cars could possibly be the Chevrolet Spark 800 and the newly showcased Chevrolet Cruze.

Chevrolet Spark 800:

The already existing spark will likely be fitted with an 800cc petrol engine (the same engine which powered the Daewoo Matiz), a 795cc, 6valve unit that pumps out 38KW and torque of 68.6 Nm@4600 rpm. Chevrolet will also drop few luxury features enabling it to price competetively against cars like Alto and 800. More details on GM's future small car plans here.

Chevrolet Cruze:

The Chevrolet Cruze was first showcased at the 2008 Paris auto show, since then it had been making numerous appearances on IAB. GM India has not revealed if it will replace the Chevrolet Optra, but we are sure it will be pitted against the Corolla Altis and the Honda Civic segment. Earlier last month, we featured a more Elaborate post about the Chevrolet Cruze.

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