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Old 01-11-2009, 10:14 AM   #1
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Production Ready Chevy Beat set to be Unveiled in Detroit

GM gave American morning television programme the TODAY Show a sneak preview of their latest production car. All the hints point to this being a production model of the Chevy Beat.

Flashback to April 2007 when the Beat concept debuted at the New York Auto Show with the Groove and Trax concepts. To test the popularity of the three, Chevy ran an online poll asking voters to pick their favorite. More than four million people voted, with nearly half going to the beat.

Now take a look at the video posted by Jalopnik of TODAY host Matt Lauer and his guest, Ed Welburn of GM, talking about the new car. Lauer says, "This actually debuted [as a concept] at the New York Auto Show a couple of years ago..."

Welburn replies, "Over two million people on the internet voted. We had three different concepts and they voted this as their favorite."

Bingo. The Chevy Beat it is. Welburn says this car will be affordable, meaning this could be a big seller if GM did not mess around with the concept too much. It debuted as a three-door hatch powered by a 1.2 liter turbocharged petrol. Front-wheel-drive and an automatic transmission would mean lower costs and wider appeal.

From the brief reveal, we can see that the relative shape stays the same, including the headlights. Fog lamps are different then the concept, as is the ridged hood on this production version. Otherwise, styling along the front bumper, grille shape, and lower lip see little change. The city car was supposed to have gobs of technology, including sat-nav and a top-shelf stereo. We're betting those options do not come standard.

How great would this car have been as either a hybrid or plug-in electric? We'll get the full story from GM about plans for this car soon. You can view the new Chevrolet Beat at the Detroit Auto Show, or in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen later this year.


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The concept doesn't look too bad. The front of the one undercover looks similar but better. Not a fan of the paint. depending on the price and options etc etc I might look to rock out with my cock out in one.........what
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I saw this car in Detroit last year. It's very cool.

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The Name Beat kinda goes along with Honda's Fit.......
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Honda Jazz, Chevy Beat, sooner or later you got a whole band.
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^well there's also the honda beat....
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that is one very aggressive looking face... and I'm picturing the car talking a la Disney's Cars.

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oooh me likey...if GM rolled this out soon enough and undercut Yaris/Fit prices by a FAIR amount, they might actually have a life-saver on their hands
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That looks like a Honda Fit.
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oooh me likey...if GM rolled this out soon enough and undercut Yaris/Fit prices by a FAIR amount, they might actually have a life-saver on their hands
They already have the Aveo..
http://www.gm.ca/gm/english/vehicles...view?adv=83277

That thing isn't made by GM tho, I heard they're made by Daewoo and GM just rebadged it to Chevrolet.
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looks liek the hood is longer then the concept


concept looks hawt, these tiny cars are lookin great
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They already have the Aveo..
http://www.gm.ca/gm/english/vehicles...view?adv=83277

That thing isn't made by GM tho, I heard they're made by Daewoo and GM just rebadged it to Chevrolet.
The Aveo is a horrific hunk of shit. If the Beat is gonna be along those lines I wouldn't touch it with a 10-foot pole.
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