Chevrolet has been around for more than 100 years, and the automaker is expecting 2013 to be one of its biggest. But is this just typical automaker hype? Maybe, but with the latest iteration of the Chevy Corvette set to debut, along with 12 other “new or significantly redesigned” cars, maybe not. The 2014 Chevrolet Corvette is expected to debut in January 2013 at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but Chevy is getting the party started ahead of time, beginning with the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show later this month. Along with the 2014 Chevy Impala, the automaker will feature an electric version of its popular Spark microcar.
The 2013 Chevrolet Spark EV, like the gasoline-powered Spark, is surprisingly roomy—about as long as a Mini Cooper, with twice the trunk space—and will share the same design aesthetic. Where the Spark EV can pull its weight, is not only at the pump, but in actual drive-feel. The 1.2-liter four-cylinder gasoline-powered Spark puts out a measly 84 hp and generally feels slow to react. The electric version should give the Spark a charge when it comes to acceleration and lower-speed city driving. Chevrolet has some experience with electric battery-powered vehicles, as the Chevy Volt hybrid relies on a battery power before switching to its regular combustion engine was battery-power is exhausted.
We’ll keep you posted on it as we find out more towards the end of the month.