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General Motors has been very tight-lipped so far regarding details of the production-spec 2013 Chevrolet Spark minicompact.
Now, it looks like GM's Service and Parts Operations folks, who release an annual VIN decoder guide—for use by insurers, law-enforcement agencies, DMVs, dealerships, and the like—have spilled the beans in some respects.
A powertrain list shows confirms several new engines for the U.S.: a 1.0-liter, iron-block DOHC four-cylinder, as well as a 1.2-liter DOHC four. It's unlikely that either of these engines will feature gasoline direct injection.
Also, the list of vehicle lines shows the 2013 Chevrolet Spark available in Base, LS, and LT trims, and the decoder shows them to be assembled in Changwon, South Korea.
The new minicompact, a global car but mainly designed in South Korea by GM Daewoo, will likely arrive sometime in the first half of calendar-year 2011.
Chevrolet showed an especially sporty version of the Spark as a concept at the 2010 Detroit auto show, though with the Chevrolet Aveo replacement (the 2012 Chevrolet Sonic) due to move to a more upscale, sporty position for 2012 it's likely the production 2013 Spark will be a more basic commuter device.
Don't be surprised if the Spark bows at a price that's considerably lower than the current Aveo's base of $12,685.