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Old 19th April 2007, 09:04   #241
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As on paper, Santro may have 100 CC more, but Spark has the same bhp, or is it 1 bhp more. Torque are pretty comparable too and the weight of both cars are almost same. So on paper it means that both cars should perform similar. How Spark actually performs on road as compared to Santro is to be seen, and may be a deciding factor.
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Old 19th April 2007, 10:30   #242
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Personally speaking...I feel that Spark actually looks like a 'baby' car (atleast in photos) just like Estilo with a few frills of the next segment thrown in.

Matiz looked cute and not as small...but somehow Spark looks quite smaller. I guess we would have to actually see the car to make a true judgement

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Old 19th April 2007, 11:07   #243
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Based on the dimensions, Spark is the same length as the Alto, so it is smaller than either Wagon R/Estilo or the Santro.
The way I see it, Spark is an "Alto' class car with features of a Santro/Zen, Wagon R class. Possible if Maruti give more features to the Alto, it will eat into the Saprk sales. Alto is a fantastic city car, a bit underpowered, but still very good. The one major advantage Spark seem to have is the 1 ltr engine. This is why I had earlier called it the "real Zen", as it has taken the very same place occupied by the old Zen.
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Is the ground clearence the lowest in the small cars, Or is it just appearing to be..!

With the success of Chev Optra and Aveo on CNG, I think GM should also come with a CNG Spark model, However the Dickie does not appear to be so big, Ideal Tank size could be 9 Kg cylinder..!

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Is the ground clearence the lowest in the small cars, Or is it just appearing to be..!
It does look quite low specially in the green pic in Photo Gallery on the website.
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Old 19th April 2007, 13:20   #246
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Default International Spark prices compared to Logan

Was searching the net for the ground clearance of the Spark/Matiz as sold in other countries and I came across a very interesting fact........
Spark/Matiz seems to be sold much cheaper in India than other countries. For example going by the official Chevy UK site, the base price of the Spark (800cc engine)is GBP 6,245 (5.27 Lakhs), while in South Africa the 995cc model price starts at Rand 77,660 (Rs 4.59 Lakhs).

So.......... What the heck happened to the Logan's "cheap" pricing????? If GM could do it, why not Renault?
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Old 19th April 2007, 14:06   #247
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So.......... What the heck happened to the Logan's "cheap" pricing????? If GM could do it, why not Renault?
Do we know the percentage of localization on both cars? That should be the driving factor behind the pricing.
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Do we know the percentage of localization on both cars? That should be the driving factor behind the pricing.
I don't have any figues on the localization percentage, which should account for a lower cost. But even then, Logan is supposed to be built here. Are both Spark and Logan engines direct imports? One post seems to suggest that the Logan engine being imported, therefore pushing up the cost.
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Did you check on the specs? The ones in UK would have airbags/ABS as standard I believe.
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Yup, it has both ABS/airbags. But they cannot fully account for the diff of Rs 2 lakhs.
UK Chevy Matiz link

[COLOR=#333333]Matiz - The new Matiz - Chevrolet UK[/COLOR]

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one nice thing abt the spark... check the cost of spares online

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OT! saw an AVeo for the first time on road in Bangy!
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The comparison is pretty much useless unless it is a total cost comparison (i.e. including things like labour costs etc.).

I think you are missing something. Total cost includes cost of spares which is easily available on Chevy website. I don't think there will be marked difference in labour charges of Zen / Spark / Santro. And actual mileage will be public once the spark is on roads.
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The specs of Chevy Spark looks quite promising, 1.0 - 63BHP, nice interiors, decent looks, overall a good package!
It should give - Santro, Estilo, Wagon R etc a run for its money!
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Spark is a nice car from GM. Worthy competition for the Estilo, WagonR & Santro with better looks, better finishing (from the pics posted). It looks really good. Only problem which I can see is the centrally located Instrument cluster. I do not like this at all.
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