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Chevrolet Spark

You will soon be seeing an unusual little car on the road from Chevrolet that is sure to spark a lot of discussion. Perhaps sensing this, Chevrolet has actually named this new car the “Spark” and it is bound to get a lot of press real soon. It’s a neat little car.

First, the Spark is a funky looking thing with a broad body and little wheels. And it’s small – a full 14 inches smaller than Chevy’s present smallest model, the Sonic. Most that see the Spark in person declare it a car “brimming with personality” and that will likely make it a hit with younger buyers. Another strong plus for the younger set is that the Spark is one of the least expensive cars on the market. Monthly payments on Sparks are especially striking with the low loan rates now available. If you are in the Philadelphia area, be sure to consider a Chevy loan, at Reedman Toll Chevrolet.

Chevy Spark


The 2013 Spark will be offered in three trim packages; the LS, 1LT and 2LT trims. The standard LS features include 15-inch alloy wheels, AC, power windows, 60/40-split-folding rear seats, a height-adjustable driver seat, a tilt steering wheel, GMs OnStar system and a four-speaker radio. Moving up to the 1LT trim adds quite a few features. You get power-adjustable mirrors, cruise control, remote keyless entry, the MyLink touchscreen interface, Bluetooth phone and streaming audio, steering-wheel-mounted audio and phone controls, a six-speaker audio system with USB/iPod integration, satellite radio and Internet radio. The top-of-the-line 2LT model adds fog-lights, roof rails, a sporty front and rear fascia, chrome exterior trim, high-quality faux leather upholstery, front heated seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.

Powering the 2013 Chevrolet Spark is a super thritfy 1.2-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 84 horsepower and 83 pound-feet of torque. Transmissions available are a standard five-speed manual or optional four-speed automatic. The EPA estimates fuel economy at 32 city/38 highway and 34 mpg combined for the manual and 28/37/32 mpg for the automatic.

Chevrolet Spark


Standard safety features on the 2013 Chevy Spark include four-wheel antilock brakes (front discs, rear drums), hill-hold assist, electronic stability and traction control, front and rear side airbags, full-length side curtain airbags and front-seat knee airbags. GMs OnStar is also standard and includes automatic crash notification, on-demand roadside assistance, remote door unlocking, stolen vehicle assistance and turn-by-turn navigation.

With only 84 hp — less than many motorcycles — it’s clear that the 2013 Chevrolet Spark is not intended to excite those into performance motoring but there is adequate acceleration for merging onto freeways and that’s what counts for most motorists. Road and wind noise are a touch noticeable, but no more intrusive than in other cars in this price range. Although far from a sport sedan, this small Chevy still manages to deliver well-mannered driving characteristics overall and is bound to be a hit for Chevrolet.

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2012 Camaro ZL1 Rims

2012 Camaro ZL1

The latest iteration of the Chevrolet Camaro, the Zeta platform, has been out for 2 years now.  I still feel the same way, nice motor, nice exterior, absolutely horrible interior and execution.  You don’t have to look very far to find that Camaro has had some serious paint problems and visibility inside is horrendous.  Why haven’t these issues been addressed or at least publicly announced that they are or will be fixed?

Now we have an updated Camaro, known as the ZL1, which has plenty of the aforementioned good sides.  A 6.2 liter super-charged engine brings plenty of meat to the 2nd pony car.  Although it’s not like all that displacement is bringing absurd amounts of power, 580 horses is all that the Camaro brings to the table, which is only slightly more than the 5.4 that Ford offers in their Shelby GT500. (The 2013 Shelby GT500 announces power gains of up to 660 hp!! -ed.)

Strictly speaking, the outside of the Camaro ZL1 is slightly different than a standard Camaro purchased from any dealership.  The ZL1 has some pretty new badges and some phat shoes to roll around on.  Which, in my opinion are what makes the car, these rims give the Camaro body a very aggressive look and aid in the actual handling of the gas guzzling sports car.

Gas shouldn’t be a concern to people who are planted firmly in Chevrolet’s target market.  Expect to spend $55k before taxes and possibly a little more depending on availability and how rabid Chevy fans are for this new Camaro.

2012 Impala and LaCrosse Recalled

[ad#Top of Post Left]More recalls from Chevrolet and Buick, with more than 10,000 Impalas and over 4,000 LaCrosse’s having steering defects.  Again, the defects are not of the ho-hum variety, rather serious problems with components that can cause some very serious accidents.

According to Chevy there is an issue with the StabiliTrak electronic stability system.  The problem lies within it’s calibration and not with the component and technology itself.  The system is reportedly causing sudden changes in vehicle handling characteristics and fast deceleration.

Furthermore, Chevy adds to the steering recall with a power steering hose problem.  Somehow neither factory defect has caused any serious accident or injuries.

About StabiliTrak:

StabiliTrak was developed by GM and the Delphi Corporation and first used in Cadillac cars.  However, the stability control system has been standard equipment on all GM vans ans SUVs.  The Electronic Stability Control system functions by adjusting handling characteristics during maneuvers when traction is lost, for example during hydroplaning.  The driver is usually notified that the ESC is activated by a dashboard light and tone.

2011 Camaro Convertible

The first of the convertible Camaro’s are starting to roll into dealerships.  At least locally, I’m seeing them ushered in, shortly after having the white tape pulled off the fenders, and then watching them drive off.  Lots are already presold, so getting your hands on one may be tricky.

Price wise it looks like on average you’ll be paying about $7,000 more per car than the same coupe equivalent.  Often this can be attributed to extra parts in the frame strengthening department, different handling components, and consumer demand.  Damn you consumers for loving the sun, wind, and sporty rides.

Spark Woody Pic

The special edition Chevy Spark will only be available in Europe, at least until 2012.  It’s a subcompact car, in a part of the world where competition is stiff, so special editions are required to gain notice.  Dubbed the Chevrolet Spark Woody, this wood paneled glorified golf-cart was designed to appeal to the UK youth and love of surf.

The wood paneling is fake, instead the Spark is wrapped with a vinyl decal to imitate the wood.  The iconic imagery dates back to the 30’s, when wood paneling on large station wagons was popular and a style that appealed to the younger generation of surfers.  It’s American imagery, with a pinch of vinyl pop culture, that Chevrolet hopes appeals to the subcompact car buying masses.

About the Chevy Spark

The Chevrolet Spark gets it’s go from a tiny 1.0 liter engine.  The hopeful draw will be it’s high efficiency and ability to navigate city traffic better than small car alternatives.  In addition, the Spark touts it’s connectivity, technology, and other creature comforts that will hopefully appeal to the younger market.

Chevy Spark Woody

Chevy Spark Woody