What Does This Gear Do?

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Chevrolet's Spark microcar is pointed directly at the tech-savvy youth market with features like the slick MyLink multimedia system. Did GM pull an Apple with the name of the gear selector? There's an "I" in the shift pattern, as in the possible iGear, iShift or iMoveHereToGoForward.
 
Apple didn't license any shifting nomenclature in the Spark. The oddly named "I" gear position is a different abbreviation for a very common feature. 

The letter signifies the Spark's Intermediate gear on the shifter; it performs the same function as the more common "2" used elsewhere. When selected, the transmission will shift into 2nd gear and hold that gear by locking out additional upshifts. Holding 2nd gear helps when the extra revs are needed for more power to climb a hill or to drive downhill using engine braking to maintain speed.

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Calling the selector an Intermediate gear may be confusing because it sounds like there are only three gears: high, intermediate and low. While not true, it's not far off. The Spark's 84-horsepower engine pairs with an available four-speed automatic transmission and not a six-speed, like the Chevy Sonic and Cruze. The resulting gas mileage ratings are average at 28/37 mpg, but many of our editors were able to pull of better city numbers than the ratings suggest.
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Comments 

Scott Johnson

Well, PRNDIL is much more pronounceable than the old PRND2L was. :)

Kevin

They did this same thing on the 2008 Malibu's with 4 speeds its not that new to GM

Jim Demers

Good lord, that is a whole lot of ugly for such a small car. Did they bring back the Aztek team just for this?

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