A Brief History of the Chevrolet Spark

The Chevrolet Spark has been sold under a range of both GM and Daewoo brands as well as under license agreements with a range of local car manufacturers in various countries. Apart from the Chevrolet Spark name the main brand which this car has been sold under is the Daewoo Matiz.

The Chevrolet Spark / Daewoo Matiz first went into production in 1998 and was sold in South Korea and Europe under the name M100. The external design was based on the Lucciola, a Fiat Cinquecento concept that was rejected by Fiat. It was fitted with a 0.8-litre engine and transmission taken from the Daewoo Tico.

This car was sold in China under the Chevrolet Spark brand, where it sparked a copyright controversy after a local Chinese car maker called Chery Automobile produced a nearly identical vehicle.

The Chevrolet Spark was given a facelift in 2000 when the front end structure was modified to accommodate a new four-cylinder engine. This newer version was marketed under the name M150.

Further changes came in 2005 when the second generation car was released. The upper body of the car was substantially redesigned for the second generation model, and the S-Tec engines were updated. Fuel economy was also improved by a lower drag coefficient. Changes were also made to the suspension, and to the interior design. In 2008 this second generation car was further revised so that the 800cc engine would fall below 120g/km, meaning that it qualifies for the £35 UK road tax band and is free from the London congestion charge.

The latest third generation model was released in 2009, and is based on the Chevrolet Beat concept car. It is powered by a 1.2-litre turbocharged engine combined with an automatic transmission. Aside from this new engine, the biggest changes for this latest model are cosmetic.