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YAK Car Pic of the Day

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In the current issue of Artvoice you can read about my test drive of the new Chevy Spark. Lest you think the Spark the first American-badged Korean-built mini car, check out this 1996 Ford Aspire, which is currently for sale in a Grand Island front yard. No, the Aspire wasn’t the first American-badged Korean-built mini car either. I’m just saying…

The Aspire was actually the replacement model for the Ford Festiva, which itself was in actuality, a Mazda121/Kia Pride in other parts of the world. Aspires were sold elsewhere as the Kia Avella, and also came in a betrunked sedan model. I could probably spend a whole week just trying to cover the Korea/Japan/U.S. minicar connection. But I won’t.

— Jim Corbran, You Auto Know…