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Old 11-27-2012, 11:39 AM   #1
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DETROIT, MI- Ahead of the 2012 LA Auto Show, General Motors Co. is expected to debut the 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV today in Los Angeles.

The Detroit-based automaker released photos and more information about the all-electric mini car earlier today, including pricing of “under $25,000 with tax incentives.”

The expected price positions it lower than two of what are expected to be its top competitors -- the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric. The 2012 Leaf starts at $27,700 with the $7,500 federal tax credit for electric vehicles. The 2013 Focus at about $32,495 with the tax credit.

According to GM, the Spark EV, which is set to go on sale next summer, is expected to have among the best EV battery range in its segment and be the first electric vehicle to offer SAE Combo DC Fast Charging capability, enabling the Spark EV to reach 80-percent battery charge in just 20 minutes.

“When you engineer a technology-filled, all-electric mini car that goes from zero-to-60 mph in less than eight seconds, customers won’t miss the gas,” said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America, in a statement.


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Old 11-27-2012, 11:55 AM   #2
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Good that GM is stepping up, but still dont like that these cars are sold on the premise of a tax credit (which is not a full rebate)
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Old 11-27-2012, 11:57 AM   #3
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It will be interesting to see what the range will be listed as. Reviewers are estimating 75 miles.
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:17 PM   #4
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I'm interested. Entry level electric cars will provide the market tipping point for long-term viability.
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:29 PM   #5
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How does interior space compare to the others? I didn't think the spark, leaf and focus were all in the same class...
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Huh,

I though these were out already, I have seen at least 4 different ones in the Seattle / Tacoma area. (Yes, they were Sparks not the whatever it's called gas version, these were plugged into chargers)
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Old 11-27-2012, 04:30 PM   #7
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I was all psyched that the rear legroom is 35.2 inches (big enough for a rear facing car seat!), but then saw that cargo volume behind said rear seat is 9.6 cubic feet, with only 23.4 cu ft. even with the seat folded down. Source.


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Old 11-27-2012, 08:01 PM   #8
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I was all psyched that the rear legroom is 35.2 inches (big enough for a rear facing car seat!), but then saw that cargo volume behind said rear seat is 6 cubic feet.



That's not going to work...
Yeah,

We have the same issue with a Prius, even the "C" model is too small for two adults, two labs and a baby seat.
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Old 11-27-2012, 09:07 PM   #9
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We have the same issue with a Prius, even the "C" model is too small for two adults, two labs and a baby seat.
Oof. With the two dogs in the picture, too, I'd go RX sized if not bigger.
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Oof. With the two dogs in the picture, too, I'd go RX sized if not bigger.
As much as we want a hybrid or even a pure EV, I think we may end up with another Forester when the 14's come out. I wish Subaru would get in the game.
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Old 11-28-2012, 12:49 PM   #11
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As much as we want a hybrid or even a pure EV, I think we may end up with another Forester when the 14's come out. I wish Subaru would get in the game.
The new turbo boxer + cvt could be very good. Or awful...
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