Having driven the Daewoo and later Chevy Matiz / Spark, it came to me as a real shocker just how different and how much better the current model is. Interesting design and a futuristic interior make it stand out, and Consumer Reports says the all-electric version is the pick of the range, for US buyers.
It has lived a good life and has proved a popular choice, but GM is not resting on it laurels, and a Reuters report says that they are already working on the next-gen replacement, which is due in the first half of 2015.
The information comes courtesy of a Korean labor union spokesman, who also mentioned that a redesigned version of the Aveo / Sonic has been pushed back to 2016, as well as the fact that two all-new models will also be manufactured in the country at around the same time.
In other GM news, the production start date for an all-new Cruze has been pushed back too, “due to engineering changes and a desire to squeeze more sales from the small car before it is redesigned.” This means that it will debut in December of 2015, but will not be made alongside the Spark and Aveo / Sonic, fuelling speculations “that GM may reduce its presence in Korea.”
By Andrei Nedelea