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Geneva News: Chevrolet to add Spark to show

The zero-emission car goes on sale from this summer in the States followed by selected European markets from 2014.

The model features a GM-designed permanent magnet electric motor producing 132hp and 542Nm of torque, giving a 0-62mph time of under 8.5 seconds.

Chevrolet hasn’t specified the range but says it will be among the best in its class. The battery pack has been engineered to enable both.

The spark will also be equipped for regular alternate current (AC) and direct current (DC), with a DC fast charging taking 20 minutes and multiple fast charges allowed daily. AC recharging will take between six and eight hours, using a 230V outlet.

‘The Spark EV is a fun-to-drive zero-emission city car with intelligent connectivity. We believe it will resonate particularly in some of Europe's most technologically advanced markets,’ said Susan Docherty, president and managing director of Chevrolet and Cadillac Europe. ‘Just like Volt, this nimble battery-powered vehicle is a proof point for Chevrolet’s ingenuity in delivering smart mobility solutions.’

The interior will feature the Chevrolet MyLink connected radio technology as standard, which allows users to connect compatible smartphones to the radio with its high-resolution touch screen. Chevrolet MyLink will support a number of select apps which will allow users to navigate using their smartphone, and listen to radio stations around the world through the internet.

In addition, MyLink users who own a compatible iPhone running iOS6 will be able to utilise the Siri advanced assist system, where available, to perform a number of tasks hands-free.

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