• fb_1230278560 avatar fb_1230278560 Posted: 6/26/2012 2:42pm PDT

    I was recently in Italy on a cruise and saw tons of these little guys driving around. I've read that Honda's all electric Fit has a CVT tany. Um. Why doesn't any small car sold in the U.S. not have a CVT option? I rented a Dodge Caliber on vacation a couple of years ago and loved the trany. Great gas mileage and no shifting. I just don't get this.

  • Roy_H avatar Roy_H Posted: 11/20/2011 12:28pm PST

    I am sure the gas version will sell well, but my interest is also in the EV version. They said the motor will be in production early 2013 so maybe the EV version will be available as early as summer 2013. I bet GM drove a hard bargain with A123 for the batteries. A123 really wanted the contract to get GM off of LG Chem, so the cost may not be that bad.

  • fb_100000631505902 avatar John Posted: 11/18/2011 5:23am PST

    Cute little car. Expect huge demand for the EV version if they don't screw up the pricing.

  • robok2 avatar robok2 Posted: 11/18/2011 9:31am PST

    GM is planning to sell only 2k-3k of these to begin with. Even at 30k they will lose money. Just another way to learn about the market, improve the technology and prepare for higher-volume EVs in the future. Nissan has stated it has spent over $6 billion already on EVs and is counting on the future to make that money back. GM doesn't have that kind of luxury so it is playing it more conservatively. The EV version is not intended to be high volume.
    I do hope the EV version is done well, but anyone who thinks this will sell for less than 30k is kidding himself/herself.

  • fb_100000502624690 avatar John Posted: 11/18/2011 4:27pm PST

    Don't assume all sparks will be EVs. There will be a limited edition EV Spark but this one in the story has an engine in it. I'd like the EV version as a fun city car, but living in the country I will opt for a Volt.