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GM India just let loose a Spark on LPG gas
Published on 30 Aug. 2009 11:34 PM IST
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General Motors worldwide is in financial soup and actively exploring bankruptcy in all its nomenclatures. However, GM India has always stressed that they are in the best of financial health under the leadership of Karl Slym, president and managing director of the Indian subsidiary. Previously, it had launched the non-hybrid version of the Chevrolet Captiva, which is so popular in the US. Now they have unleashed a Spark in the LPG segment. The result has been a resounding boom. According to Times report, the little Spark has been popular with people who are looking for a great drive with great fuel efficiency and which does not have a very aggressive design. It is odd that the Spark had been originally targeted at the youth in GM’s earlier campaign showing the large headlights of the Spark winking at a girl thus helping a boy win her over. However, even the marketing head honchos at GM India have realized that the Spark is here to stay at the 50 plus aged man’s personal car. This car has attractive design, sporty interiors and a zippy engine. These features add up to create a brilliant small car. General Motors also has some awesome warranty and service schemes for all their vehicles. This makes it a more savoury pie. Now with the addition of LPG, GM has a winner. The concept of offering a factory-fitted LPG kit isn’t new. Maruti Suzuki was the first to do it with the Wagon R Duo and Hyundai had it covered with the Santro LPG. But what really sets the Spark apart is that the seamless integration of the LPG system . The kit itself is Europe-based and after extensive testing has been certified by both the DOE and ARAI. The system uses modern sequential injection technology instead of the venture-type injection that most other kits use. This should translate into better fuel economy as well as seamless power delivery. But, as General Motors claims, this also ensures no backfire or loss in power while switching from petrol to LPG operation. ARAI figures place the Spark LPG’s mileage at 13.72 kmpl, which, coupled with the large 26.2 litre tank capacity translates into a pretty huge operating range on LPG. The Chevrolet Spark LPG has also successfully undergone European ECE R32 rear crash tests to ensure safety even during mishaps. The toroidal LPG tank fits snugly in the spare wheel well in the car’s boot while the spare wheel itself has to make do with hanging around in the boot - though it doesn’t eat up too much space there.

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