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Innovation is a Spark behind Chevrolet’s Minicar

Innovation is a Spark behind Chevrolet’s Minicar






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NEW YORK (Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015) – Chevrolet currently introduced a all-new 2016 Spark – a totally redesigned and some-more worldly execution of a brand’s tellurian minicar. It offers larger potency and refinement, along with new, accessible reserve and connectivity features.

As one of Chevrolet’s many tellurian vehicles, a 2016 Spark will be charity in some-more than 40 markets around a world.

“Chevrolet is discerning apropos one of a world’s many critical mini- and tiny automobile manufacturers, charity business around a creation a new highway to a refinement, potency and connectivity facilities that ring with them,” pronounced Alan Batey, president, GM North America and Global Chevrolet.

“The redesigned 2016 Spark builds on a clever bequest and takes a shred to a aloft turn with facilities and technologies not typically offered.”

The new Spark has a sleeker appearance, interjection to a somewhat longer wheelbase, and an altogether tallness about 40 mm (1.6 inches) revoke than a stream model. The revoke form reduces aerodynamic drag to assistance urge potency and interior changes say a Spark’s traditionally inexhaustible headroom.

It is also built on an all-new, some-more clever pattern that serves as a substructure for a some-more worldly pushing experience. The stronger physique structure enabled engineers to change float and doing some-more precisely, for larger feelings of control and refinement, while fostering a quieter ride.

“At a core, a new Spark is still a fun, flexible civic automobile that done a first-generation indication so popular, though it delivers that fun pushing knowledge with larger sophistication,” pronounced Sam Basile, executive arch engineer. “And while it’s a truly tellurian car, it is targeted for some-more grown automobile markets, permitting engineers to concentration some-more precisely on a materials and technologies that ring with business in those markets.”

Additional new and extended automobile features:

  • All-new Ecotec 1.4L I-4 with primer and invariably non-static (CVT) transmissions – delivering a GM-estimated 5.9 L/100km highway with a accessible CVT
  • New accessible reserve facilities including Side Blind Spot Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert
  • Next-generation Chevrolet MyLink with 7-inch-diagonal colour hold screen
  • Advanced dot-matrix LCD instrument cluster display
  • Comprehensive lineup of appendage packages for rare personalization options.

Design details

With a now tangible face of a contemporary tellurian Chevrolet, a 2016 Spark is renowned by a sleeker suit and aesthetics.

The revoke roof tallness reduces a evil honest demeanour of many minicars, while a “shrink-wrapped” physique – with a wheels pushed to a edges of a fenders – minister to a resolutely planted presence.  

An expansion of Chevrolet’s signature dual-port grille is flanked by large, elliptical headlamps that brush behind into a front fenders. The headlamps have a rarely minute coming that minister to a Spark’s some-more worldly design.

“In short, a Spark has grown up,” pronounced Michael Simcoe, GM International clamp boss of Design. “It retains a childish flair, though reflects a maturation of a tellurian minicar marketplace and customers’ desires for richly styled and rarely delighted choices.”

A palette of confidant extraneous colours remains, and 3 new colours – Toasted Marshmallow, Kalamata and Splash – join a mix, depending on a market.

Inside, designers matched a lowered roof tallness by adjusting a hip-point measure for a seats, progressing a plenty headroom of a stream indication and charity allied expanse with a some-more enchanting pushing position.

Upgraded materials and larger courtesy to detail, including all from a higher-quality fabrics to higher-density chair froth that raise comfort and durability, supplement sophistication.

“You have a larger feeling of sitting in the seats rather than on them,” pronounced Simcoe.

An all-new instrument row pattern with an modernized glass clear arrangement (LCD) facilities a distinguished “centre stack” for a infotainment and meridian complement controls. The Spark’s signature colour-matched instrument row décors are updated with trapezoidal atmosphere outlets compared with turn outlets on a stream model.

The Spark’s all-new MyLink radio facilities a capacitive-touch colour display, with an icon-based interface identical to smartphones and other electronic devices. And like a smartphone, a capacitive-touch arrangement allows swiping, pinching and other gestures for quick, easy operation.

New volume control and other earthy buttons revoke complexity and raise a complement intuitiveness.

Complementing MyLink to raise Spark’s connectivity is accessible OnStar with 4G LTE built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. It provides a mobile heart for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever a automobile is on.

All-new engine

The 2016 Spark is powered by an all-new 1.4L engine that is partial of GM’s new, tellurian family of Ecotec small-displacement engines. It offers an estimated 98 horsepower (73 kW) – a 16-percent boost over a stream model.

Engineered to broach clever opening with glorious efficiency, a new Ecotec engine family represents a clean-sheet pattern and engineering process, leveraging a different knowledge of GM’s tellurian resources.

“The new Ecotec pattern represents a many modernized and fit family of small-car gas engines in GM’s history,” pronounced Tom Sutter, tellurian arch engineer. “Along with opening and potency targets, we’ve also directed for segment-challenging excellence with low sound and quivering – and we’ve strike a bulls-eye.”

Spark’s new 1.4L facilities an aluminum cylinder retard and head, that helps revoke a vehicle’s altogether mass to raise opening and efficiency. The cylinder conduct also incorporates an integrated empty manifold, that serve reduces weight – an charge that contributes to increasing automobile potency and a some-more auspicious front-to-rear weight balance, for a some-more manageable pushing experience.

Engine potency is also extended by reduced friction, including low-friction piston rings, a low-friction camshaft expostulate and a low-friction oil pump. A five-speed primer delivery or dual-range invariably non-static delivery are accessible with a new 1.4L.  

Enhanced safety

The 2016 Chevrolet Spark builds on a stream model’s repute for delivering glorious newcomer reserve in a minicar segment, where a 2015 Spark is a Top Safety Pick by a Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

A stronger physique structure is during a core of a new Spark’s reserve story and is complemented by a wider array of pacifist and active reserve features. Ten customary atmosphere bags embody driver/front newcomer knee atmosphere bags, roof rail side atmosphere bags and seat-mounted thorax/pelvic atmosphere bags. A rollover intuiting and insurance complement is also offered.

Additionally, new active reserve facilities can assistance drivers equivocate collisions by camera-based record providing alerts to probable collision threats:

  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Side Blind Spot Alert.

A rear-vision camera complement is customary and back park support is offered.


The 2016 Chevrolet Spark will be constructed from globally sourced tools during GM’s Changwon, South Korea public facility. It goes on sale in Canada in a fourth entertain of 2015.

FAST FACT: Global Chevrolet Spark sales have surpassed 1 million given it went on sale in 2010.  

About Chevrolet in Canada

Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet is now one of a world’s largest automobile brands, doing business in some-more than 115 countries and offered some-more than 4.8 million cars and trucks a year. Chevrolet provides business with fuel-efficient vehicles that underline enchanting performance, pattern that creates a heart beat, pacifist and active reserve facilities and easy-to-use technology, all during a value. More information on Chevrolet models can be found during, on Facebook during or by following @ChevroletCanada on Twitter.

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