GM Introduces the Spark

November 2, 2011 Updated Nov 2, 2011 at 7:31 AM EDT

November 2, 2011 Updated Nov 2, 2011 at 7:31 AM EDT

General Motors is revving up its engines as it looks to compete in the small car game, with the introduction of the Chevy Spark. In the past, GM officials admit they made some some small cars, but consumers only bought them for the price. They say that has all changed.

The Chevy Spark may look small. It is a mini car; although it is a typical-size car for markets like Asia. James Bell is the head of consumer affairs for General Motors. He expects the Spark to catch on in the U.S. in 2012. "Then later in 2013, we'll be introducing the Spark EV, which is a full battery electric vehicle," Bell said. "You plug the vehicle in at night and drive it for as many miles as you need the next day."

The gas-powered Spark should be for sale next summer. Paddock Chevrolet expects to have a model on the showroom floor in the spring. The starting price is reportedly just over $10,000.

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