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Last week’s photo showed the 2013 Chevrolet Spark, one of several tiny cars from Chevrolet. See this week’s photo and road test for more information.

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Chosen randomly from the correct entries was the name of Gary Engen, of Augusta, who wrote:

“The Korean-built Chevy Spark, at only 144 inches long, is one of the shorter cars on the market. It is advertised as getting around 28-38 mpg, but as small as it is and with only an 84-horsepower gasoline engine, you’d think it should be much more fuel efficient than that.

“It is a four-door although looks much like a coupe since the rear door handles are hidden.

“The price starts at $12,995. In 2014, there is also an all electric Chevy Spark EV model but price on it goes up to the neighborhood of $27,000.”

Engen wins a gift from The Augusta Chronicle.

A number of readers spotted the familiar Chevy grille but guessed Impala, Cruze and other models. The other readers who knew it was the Spark were:

AUGUSTA: Carolyn Ogles described the car in a nutshell: “$13,000, 32/38 miles per gallon, four-passenger, with 84 horsepower four-cylinder engine.”

Also, Michael Pittman

CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “This Chevy-badged, Aveo-replacement Korean import is aimed at those that just want to get from point A to point B, and style and speed are only cursory aspects of the buying decision – not the primary aspects. Monthly payments, insurance costs and mpg, not mph, are the primary concerns of this segment.

“The Spark sports a 76-cubic-inch (1.2-liter) four-banger that puts out a whopping 84 horsepower There are riding lawn mowers these days with engines bigger and more powerful than this. The upside of this however is that when equipped with the 5-speed manual transmission it is rated at 37-38 mpg highway. That five-speed manual is available across all trim levels – not just the base plain Jane LS trim.

“The Spark goes head-to-head with vehicles such as the Fiat 500, Scion IQ and Mini Cooper. Comparatively, it fares pretty well against this competition with high marks given for being a true four-door that can really accommodate four adults. Handling and performance will never win any car magazine editor’s heart, but neither have those same editors had a lot of negative to say about it.

“This is strictly a city car, not something meant to throw the family of four plus Sparky the poodle into for a weekend getaway to the lake. With a base price under $13,000 and a fully optioned price under $17,000, this is definitely an affordable, capable, just-get-me-to-where-I’m-going vehicle. It does not have the panache or kitsch of the Fiat 500 or Mini Cooper, but it does have its own style that you can live with, without the higher price tag.”

EVANS: Jerry Paul wrote: “This week it is the 2013 Chevy Spark.”

Wayne Wilke wrote: “The Spark is Chevrolet’s lowest-priced car, starting at $12,200. It has a 1.2-liter, 84-horsepower, four-cylinder engine. Eighty-four horsepower is just 13 percent of the 638 horsepower in the 6.2-liter, turbocharged Corvette engine, which is Chevy’s most powerful.

“The leading consumer magazine calls the Spark’s engine ‘dinky,’ its four-speed automatic transmission ‘jerky,’ its cabin ‘cramped and noisy,’ and its ride ‘stiff and jittery.’ ’Nuff said.”

MARTINEZ: Jim Muraski wrote: “This week’s car is a 2013 Chevrolet Spark.”

SHAWANO, WIS.: Karen McKenna wrote: “This week’s What Is It? is a 2013 Chevrolet Spark.” (She also correctly guessed last week’s SRT Viper, as she does each week, but her entry was inadvertently omitted; we apologize.)

THIS WEEK’S CONTEST

Can you tell us the make, model and specific version of this 2013 vehicle? If you know what it is, send an e-mail to glynn.moore@augustachronicle.com or call (706) 823-3419.

Please tell us your name and telephone number and the city you live in. It helps if you spell your name for us so we can include your response along with everybody else’s.

Responses might be edited for space, stile and content. You have until midnight Tuesday to respond. A winner will be chosen randomly. Thank you.


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