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Chevrolet Spark preview drive (photos)

Chevrolet launches the small Spark in the U.S. next year, but we got a chance to drive the European spec version after the Geneva auto show.

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The Spark will be Chevy's smallest car when it launches in the U.S. next year, slotting in just under the Aveo.
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In Europe, the Spark can be had with a 1-liter or 1.2-liter engine, the latter producing 81 horsepower and getting 60 mpg.
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This car is considered a five-seater, although three people in the backseat would be a squeeze. The backseat of the U.S. version will be downsized to two people because of additional reinforcement in the sides of the car.
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Door handles in the C-pillars are hidden in the side graphics.
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There isn't a lot of room in the cargo area of the car.
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The cabin does not feel cheap, even with the hard plastics covering the dashboard. Chevy achieves a quality feel through good fit and finish.
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The display to the side of the speedometer is cool, showing engine speed and trip information digitally.
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A Mini-USB port sits to the left side of the radio controls. With an adapter, it can play music off of iPods and USB thumb drives.

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