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The history of the Chevy Spark goes back further than most people realize. Back in 1998, the General Motors’ South Korean division released the Daewoo Matiz, a five-door hatchback sedan that we know today as the Chevrolet Spark.
The Chevrolet Spark was first unveiled at the 2009 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but the first Chevrolet Spark did not hit American roadways until 2012. The Spark enjoyed a popular reception in the United States, and was later named the fastest selling car in the U.S. in July 2012 by Edmunds.com. The Spark earned the title after having only been in dealer showrooms for six days. Since it went on sale globally in 2010, the Chevrolet Spark has sold over one-million units.
It has continued to gain momentum in the United States, outselling and outdoing the competition. The newest Chevy Spark is the 2016 model year, and has received a complete overhaul. The 2016 Spark is more powerful and efficient than previous model years, and also has more advanced safety features. The newest Spark is a completely redesigned version of the vehicle, offering a more mature look on the inside and out.
To sum it up, the 2016 Chevrolet Spark may be a little car, but it is offering drivers more than ever before.
The 2016 Chevrolet Spark is setting a new standard within the mini and small car segments.
In the past, efficiency usually meant lack of power, while excellent performance typically meant lower mpg ratings. The 2016 Chevrolet Spark is changing all of these preconceived notions, and features more power and efficiency than ever before in the car’s history.
The sleeker appearance of the new Spark offers a lower profile by about 1.6 inches, helping it to reduce aerodynamic drag and improve efficiency. Engineers of the Spark also worked out other ways to increase fuel economy while adding overall power to the vehicle.
The all-new Ecotec 1.4-liter 4-cylinder engine with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) works in conjunction with the sleeker design, to deliver an impressive fuel economy. Drivers of the 2016 Chevrolet Spark can expect up to 40 miles per gallon on the highway, when their Spark is equipped with the CVT technology.
The all-new Ecotec engine doesn’t just deliver great fuel economy ratings, it also gives the Spark an estimated 98 horsepower, which is a sixteen percent increase over the 2015 model.
The 1.4-liter engine is comprised of an aluminum cylinder block and head, reducing the vehicle’s weight and enhancing its performance. The integrated exhaust manifold featured on the cylinder head of the Spark also helps with the weight reduction, and delivers a more responsive driving experience.
The minicar segment has long been criticized for not being the safest vehicles on the road. With the introduction of the Spark, Chevrolet has been changing that perception.
The Chevy Spark has always been recognized in its segment for delivering top-notch overall safety, with the 2015 Spark earning a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Chevrolet is looking to land the same title for it’s newest model year, and has equipped with 2016 Spark with more safety features than ever before.
The beginning of the Spark’s safety comes from the stronger body structure that the compact car is built on. On top of it’s stronger chassis, the 2016 Spark also features a high-strength steel safety cage, giving drivers added peace of mind.
From that basic foundation, the 2016 Chevrolet Spark builds itself up and out, with a wider range of active and passive safety features. All versions of the 2016 Spark come equipped with ten standard air bags, including driver and front passenger knee air bags, roof rail side air bags, and seat-mounted thorax and pelvic air bags.
Check out the list of other new safety technologies built into the 2016 Spark that will help keep drivers and passengers safe:
Whether having to do with safety, standard features, luxury add-ons, or technology, the Chevrolet Spark has always offered drivers more than any other vehicle in its segment. Where most automotive companies make cuts to keep cost low on compact cars, Chevrolet has done the opposite.
The 2016 Chevrolet Spark does not skimp on technology, amenities, or safety features. The competition may be deleting these luxury items, but for 2016, Chevrolet has added more of those features to the Spark than any other model year.
The exterior of the 2016 Spark is recognizable, but features a more contemporary look with a sleeker design. Elliptical headlamps sweep back into the front fenders, and the front headlamps have a detailed look that gives the Spark a more sophisticated overall design.
The interior of the 2016 Spark also received updates to make the vehicle more mature, and includes upgraded materials, higher-quality fabrics, and high-density seat foam. The longer wheelbase of the new Spark gives drivers and passengers more legroom, a welcome addition to any compact car. With these features, the cabin is more comfortable, durable, and spacious.
Other interior features that set the 2016 Spark apart from other model years include:
Instrument Panel Design
Featuring liquid crystal display (LCD) with a prominent center stack for climate system controls, and the infotainment system. The color-matched instrument panel decor have also been updated with trapezoidal air outlets, rather than the previous round design.
The all-new MyLink integrates a capacitive-touch color display similar to that of a smart phone. Users can swipe, pinch, and tap for quick responsive operation. Physical buttons complement the design for an enhanced experience.
OnStar with 4G LTE
This optional complement to the MyLink system allows for the 2016 Spark to become a Wi-Fi hotspot that is on whenever the vehicle is on.