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April 11, 2007

Chevrolet Goes Small at the New York Auto Show

Chevrolet may be mainly known for its massive trucks and high-power cars, but the company arrived at the New York Auto Show with three minicar concepts designed at a General Motors (GM) Design Studio in South Korea. Aiming to develop "the perfect small car for urban commuters," Chevrolet came up with the Beat, "a running prototype of a micro import tuner," along with two "micro urban crossover concepts," the Groove and the Trax. The Beat features a 1.2-liter turbocharged gasoline engine mated to an automatic transmission, while the Trax is driven by a 1-liter gasoline engine and the Groove draws on a 1-liter diesel engine. Chevrolet is even allowing people to vote for their favorite minicar. Held in Manhattan, the New York International Auto Show started on April 6th and runs through April 15th. See the press release from GM, Chevrolet's parent company, and see the GM Experience Live Web site for photos from the auto show.