No, I'm not referring to the next generation Chevrolet Spark based on the Beat concept but the Spark that many of us know as the Daewoo Matiz.
The diesel derivative in India would be dearer by 15-20 percent the regular car's price tag. The new engine is rumored to be a sub-one liter CRDI unit.
Power and torque should marginally climb, the torque advantage will undoubtedly make it easier to drive. The CRDI technology should keep vibration and noise out of the cabin.
According to our research, the Matiz/Spark/Joy has never enjoyed the company of the diesel clatter. It was re-tuned in 2005 where it became more aerodynamic and safer, thanks to thicker sections of steel usage. The engine was tweaked in the interest of fuel efficient and it turned out to be eco-friendly too, which help it qualify for lower tax bandings in other countries.
GM India is aiming to increase its export volume. Additionally, competitors like Hyundai and Suzuki are working on diesel derivatives of their small cars. With cars like the diesel Spark, it aims to reach its goals and beat the competition.
GM refused to speak on the 800cc petrol variant during the Spark LPG's Chennai launch. Pitted directly against the Alto, the 800cc model was to serve as the entry level in the GM line-up.
Talking about the Beat-based Spark, GM has confirmed that a diesel variant will not see the light of the day.
I think the Spark is the Indica to GM India. Just like how Tata brought out everything from hatchbacks to station wagons from the Indica platform, GM is putting the Spark to good effect.