2010 Chevy Spark at 2009 Detroit Auto Show

  • Competes with: Smart ForTwo, Toyota Yaris
  • Looks like: Chevy’s small design is actually hip
  • Drivetrain: Unknown
  • Hits dealerships: Late 2009

In its rush to show the public its upcoming subcompact car, the Spark, GM rolled out a concept show car from two years ago. Usually when a company announces a new production car to go on sale in less than a year, the car shown is a pre-production version of the actual car they're going to sell with a working engine and an interior that's basically what you'll find at the dealership.

The Spark was so rushed that the concept shown is the same exact "Beat" show car from the 2007 New York auto show. The car above is the actual Spark, however, yet it didn't materialize here in Detroit. There are standard headlights, and the big news is that there are four doors instead of two from the Beat.

Chevy was light on details about the engine or any other specifics about the Spark. We'll follow the development of the car as its on-sale date at the end of 2009 approaches. We’d guess the production-ready car will debut in the flesh at a future car show in Washington D.C., Chicago or New York.

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