Chevy Spark Dropped After 2022 Model Year51
The Chevy Spark is set for discontinuation in the U.S. market following the conclusion of the 2022 model year.
GM Authority has learned that the Chevy Spark will no longer be available in the U.S. after 2022. Production of the subcompact will end on August 31st at GM’s Changwon plant in South Korea, and the final order cycle for the 2022 model will be June 16th. The facility, which was recently fitted with a new paint shop, is then scheduled to start building a new small crossover model.
Following the vehicle’s discontinuation, the least-expensive vehicle in Chevy’s U.S. lineup will be the Chevy Trax crossover, which starts at $22,595 including the destination freight charge. By comparison, a 2022 Chevy Spark LS starts at just $14,595 with DFC, making it one of the cheapest new cars on the market today.
The discontinuation of the Chevy Spark will also delete one of the few remaining vehicles in Chevy’s U.S. lineup that isn’t a truck, crossover, or SUV. With the departure of the Spark, Chevy’s only passenger-car offerings in the U.S. will be the Chevy Camaro, Chevy Corvette C8, and the Chevy Malibu sedan. The Malibu is expected to sunset around 2024, while the Camaro might disappear in 2023.
The Chevy Spark nameplate has been in production since 1998, with a total of four generations introduced over the years. The current fourth-generation vehicle received a refresh for the 2019 model year, introducing a number of changes and updates, including a restyled front fascia highlighted by projection-style headlamps, new wheel designs, LED daytime running lights on 1LT and 2LT trims, two illuminated USB ports in the cabin, and a few other alterations.
The current 2022 model year introduced three new exterior colors, namely Crimson, Blue Glow, and Nitro Yellow, replacing three outgoing colors, namely Passion Fruit, Toasted Marshmallow, and Caribbean Blue.
Motivation is sourced from the naturally aspirated 1.4L I4 LV7 gasoline engine, which is rated at 98 horsepower and 94 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive is standard. Output is routed to the front axle by way of either a five-speed manual transmission or a Continuous Variable Transmission (CVT). Under the skin is the GM Gamma 2 platform, also shared with the Chevy Trax/Tracker and Buick Encore.
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Feel sorry for all the people who need affordable transportation especially in today’s market. It’s not like this Spark had horrible fuel economy and I’m sure there are many out there that still aren’t sure an EV is the right option at this time for them either. 😢
Affordable and EV have no overlap right now anyway.
There are affordable transportation options.
Don’t buy overpriced trucks. Sedans are still quite affordable on the used market.
Well, this isn’t great..
I wonder if this was done to make way for the new, cheaper EV.
Just in time for 2009 level gas prices and buyers looking to buy a new affordable vehicle. GM continues to hand sales over to the competition- this time Mitsubishi that has a very healthy selling Mirage.
Mitsubishi has NEVER made money in the US market. Not a great business model to follow for 50 years.
Mitsu Fuso is a solid small truck outfit, the Japanese diversify their operations instead of American way of crying that something not fair and go home even if the game is being won by a margin..
Fuso *was* a small truck outfit. They ended US sales in 2020.
Besides, Mitsubishi Motor started selling it off in 2003, it’s currently 89% owned by Daimler.
US average gas prices started to spike at over $3 per gallon back in July 2006.
Check on eia. gov .
Just checked the site, and I see you’re correct. According to the statistics from that website, 2009 was not bad either.
But in 2009 there was a certain someone in the white house, so one must rewrite history to prove a point and hope everyone is as stupid as the initial lying writer.
Glad there are records from unbiased sources, so if someone is not lazy, could research and find out for themselves.
You have to remember that 2009 was after 8 years of Dubya
and Cheney running the country into the ground !
Morbid Mitsubishi is not something to tout.
This is part of American stupidity, you don’t force one choice because it “works better”. Other competitors can figure out to sell cars despite truck sales. So the American automakers went total stereotypical means a “macho man” have to get a truck and everyone else gets a utility and cry why is a Benz or Toyota is in half the driveways in America..
What’s left now? Just the Malibu right?
Yep, who knows the Malibu would probably be cheaper or/and the Monza can be imported from Mexican operations for a entry Chevy.
That really sucks. I have several friends who own sparks they are nice for the price. My friends like them to good on gas cheap to fill up heat/ac CarPlay and a great price what more could you ask for you at that price point.
And that’s one of many reasons I can’t wait to move to Australia.
Aussies don’t have fragile egos like Americans do.
Lol no of course they don’t I mean they are a police state with constant lockdown so how can you have a fragile ego when you can’t go anywhere?
Another cancelled low sales performer in the eyes of GM that outsold the Bolt every year that they both were available.
It was a third of the price of the Bolt EV so that makes sense.
and that is the problem with ev’s.
Should have kept the sonic instead. Far better car, similar MSRP in all respect
I liked the Sonic. I’m six-four and actually fit behind the wheel. It wasn’t as good as some of the Asian competition, but it was a really respectable vehicle, especially in the hatchback configuration.
GM will shut down the Korea plant? Or there is new product to be produced there?
A new paint shop was just built, so I doubt the plant is shutting down. https://gmauthority.com/blog/2021/03/gm-korea-opens-new-paint-shop-at-changwon-plant/
I’m going to hazard a guess that it will be producing the sub-Equinox EV that will replace the Bolt.
Starting at the end of the year there will be a new crossover utility vehicle built at the Korea plant where the Spark was built.
I don’t see this as a sales or segment call. The spark is made in Korea. This is likely due to reduced sales overseas and the need to replace it in its overseas role. We just receive the bad news from that choice.
That said, there needs to be a price point replacement for it. I loved my Pontiac sunfire. It isn’t even comparable to modern vehicles by today’s standards, but it was cheap transportation. It also felt larger than a spark I rented as it was a bit wider. I would love to see a cheaper vehicle like it.
I also call [email protected]@@@ on the EV Malibu being discontinued by 2024. Going back to the cavalier, it was supposed to be replaced mid 90’s but lived on till 2005 because it was still a viable machine. We may see the current Malibu go till 2028 if sales remain steady.
Well this just plain sucks. This entire thing was summed up in one line in the article: “to start building a new small crossover model.”
Although I’ve had numerous SUV/CUV’s, I’ve now turned the corner and I’m personally getting 100% sick of all the people on the road thinking they car drive even more stupid just because they sit up higher in these things. Everything needs to be in moderation, and this SUV craze is now too much. So yes, the rebel side of me is saying enough is enough. I’ll search high and low for a “car” to buy when the time comes and if I can’t find something “American” to buy, I’ll go to used.
Nothing like a bunch of boxes clogging up the roads where you can’t see anything! The Spark is one heck of a nice little car that GM should NOT kill.
Of you mean the people in their big full-size suv and trucks who think they are driving semis lol. I agree about the spark stupid decision in my eyes to cancel it. Even if sales aren’t great now I’m sure they will pick up it’s an easy car to maneuver around in. I’ve got a sonic I’m keeping until it won’t go no more.
American or used? With plenty of new foreign small cars why don’t you teach gm a lesson.
Mick1: In regards to this comment, I will just say no. As I stated, i will but a nice used Buick or Chevy that will last many years before buying some import brand again. I’ve also owned numerous SUV/CUV’s over the years and I would get another before buying an import. Personally, I’m just sick of them now and all they hype about them like they are some god of the automotive market. An SUV/CUV is nothing more than a jacked up station wagon or truck with extra seats and a permanent cap. And if you think import brands are not following GM/Ford’s lead, you are sadly mistaken.
As to your comment directly below about the Spark and anyone who likes them: Have you ever owned one? Especially the 2016 on up are fantastic little cars and do exactly what they need based on the price.
Dan I bet you wish you still had your Cadillac sedan you sold recently I know you got a good deal for it but still.
The market will determine what cars are produced and sold, hopefully not government subsidies. All you spark lovers really need a psychiatrist.
The Sparks sales weren’t bad at all. GM will probably build the next version overseas as well, and just not bother selling it here.
This isn’t any different than what happened to the rest of their cars like the Aveo/Sonic and Cruze. Still available in other countries.
We only get SUVs and trucks.
The sooner the automakers can get all the ICE cars off the road, the sooner everyone will be forced into an autonomous ride sharing EV fullfilling their utopian vision.
Profit margin not high enough for the business model?
My wife loves her Spark, and this has little to do with the price. She named him Sparky. Sparky is capable and has a good attitude. He is always ready to help. He is thankful when you feed him a little gas. He was sorry when his battery didn’t last as long as it should. His red was called Salsa in 2016. Everywhere he goes, people comment on his color, but they discontinued it.
Plenty of choices on the Kia and Hyundai lots these days. Good little cars. The Mitsubishi Mirage is no better than my 08 Aveo with 150k miles on it. Nissan took a good nameplate in the Mirage and destroyed it with the current junker carrying the brand.
Yes, and don’t get me started on the Eclipse.
I keep driving my second Cruze… and a bought a third new Cruze a couple years back… and that one is my back up plan. Just saving the unused Cruze in the garage. New Malibu s are scarce.
I ordered a Spark Vista last mid December. Got an order code, 6 letters. I check and all I have been told is that Chevrolet hasn’t accepted the order yet.