I recently discovered that Chevrolet sells a sedan version of the Spark hatchback in other markets. I discovered this when I was driving along here in San Diego, and I got behind a tiny Chevy sedan that looked like a Spark, except it was a sedan, and it came from Mexico. Chevy, apparently, calls this car the Chevy Beat. I was interested.
So I Googled it, and what I discovered is that the car we know as the Chevy Spark is sold in other countries under a truly amazing multitude of names — including the Daewoo Matiz (South Korea), the Holden Barina (Australia and New Zealand), the Ravon R2 in Eastern Europe and, indeed, the Chevy Beat in Central America and India.
Forgetting for a moment that Beat is a rather odd car name — and one Honda used for a small sports car years ago — it’s very interesting to see a sedan version of the Chevy Spark. This is a tremendously tiny car, so you’d think that the most efficient use of space would be a hatchback — since there’s not much room behind the back seats, so you want to optimize it. Not so: apparently, there is market demand for a Spark sedan, and so it exists.
This surprises me, because super-tiny sedans aren’t especially common: most ultra-small cars are hatchbacks, for the reason I just described. But apparently the Central American and Indian markets wanted a different variation of the Spark, and so they got it: another interesting wrinkle in the world of selling cars on a global scale.