GM partners with Reva to produce an electric Spark

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Make/Model: Spark
Manufacturer: Chevrolet
In Brief: General Motors has announced a partnership with Reva to make a plug-in version of its popular minicar.

The Word

General Motors has teamed up with Bangalore-based Reva Electric Car Co. to produce a plug-in electric version of its Chevrolet Spark minicar, a vehicle that has sold 3.5 million units worldwide since its inception in 1998 through GM Daewoo and known as the Daewoo Matiz.

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The Daewoo Matiz

GM first revealed the 2011 Chevy Spark at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, then produced a prototype at the Geneva show later in the year.

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The 2011 Chevy Spark

However, the Spark can be dated at least to the 2007 New York Auto Show, where GM presented three mini concept cars—the Trax, the Beat, and the Groove—and asked the public to visit their website and vote on their favorite. The Beat came out on top after millions of votes,

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The Chevy Beat Concept

According to Karl Slym, who leads GM's India unit, the vehicle will be on the roads of India in a year's time, and it's possible the vehicle could find its way into other markets.

And so …

GM has chosen to partner with the most successful electric vehicle manufacturer in the world today. Wise move on their part. The real question might be why Reva went for it.

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