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Consumer Reports auto experts report from the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show.
Chevrolet Spark

What is it? The new GM car will be powered by a 1.2L dual-overhead cam four-cylinder engine with variable valve timing and an estimated 85-hp. It will come standard with a five-speed manual transmission. A four-speed automatic is optional

The wheelbase will be a little over 93 inches and the car measures 143 inches in length, making it notably smaller than the Honda Fit (with its 98-inch wheelbase and 162-inch length). Cargo space is enhanced by the 60/40-split rear seats and a variety of interior storage compartments. Roof rails will be optional.

The 1LT and 2LT models include Chevrolet's MyLink infotainment system, which includes Bluetooth and Pandora and Stitcher radio.

Safety features include 10 air bags, antilock brakes, and electronic stability control, plus OnStar.

Fuel economy has not yet been announced.

What is new or notable? The Spark is the only small car to offer a seven-inch color touch-screen radio for smart phone navigation and phone contacts.

CR's take: Early impressions indicate that the Spark is relatively roomy for its tiny size.

When will it be available? Mid-2012

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