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12th April, 2015

  • Redesigned, more refined global micro-car offers greater efficiency, safety and connectivity
  • New 1.4 litre engine offers more power and refinement
  • All-New Spark to feature unique suspension and steering tune following significant local development
  • On sale in Australia in the first quarter of 2016

The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Spark was revealed last week at both the 2015 Seoul Motor Show and New York Motor Show simultaneously, giving the world a look at the next generation micro-car which will be launched in Australia as the Holden Spark in the first quarter of 2016.

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Peter Keley, Holden Executive Director – Sales, said the completely redesigned car offered customers greater performance, efficiency and refinement, along with new, safety and connectivity features.

“It is very exciting to see the future of Holden’s smallest model. It’s easy to see why we are so confident the all-new Spark will stand out from the competition and continue to attract a younger set of buyers to the Holden brand,” Mr. Keley said.

“I believe this car will set a new benchmark in this highly competitive segment.”

The all-new Spark has a sleeker appearance, thanks to a slightly longer wheelbase, and an overall height about 40 millimeters lower than the current model. The lower profile reduces aerodynamic drag to help improve efficiency and interior changes maintain the Spark’s traditionally generous headroom.

An all-new, more robust architecture serves as the foundation for the all-new Spark’s more sophisticated driving experience. The stronger body structure enabled engineers to tune ride and handling more precisely, for a greater feeling of control and refinement, while fostering a quieter ride.

Ian Butler, Holden Director of Vehicle Performance, said the Holden engineering team had been involved in the development of the car.

“Even though this is a truly global car our engineers have been working hard to tailor the vehicle to ensure it resonates with our customers in Australia,” Mr. Butler said.

“The car will feature unique suspension and steering tunes following thousands of kilometers and months of extensive work at our Lang Lang proving ground and on public roads.”

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“We made sure the car remains fun and agile but will now deliver even more sophistication.”

Inside, designers matched the lowered roof height by adjusting the hip-point dimensions for the seats, maintaining the ample headroom of the current model and offering comparable spaciousness with a more engaging driving position.

Upgraded materials and greater attention to detail, including everything from the higher-quality fabrics to higher-density seat foam that enhance comfort and durability, add sophistication.

General Motors (GM) Executive Vice President and President of GM International, Stefan Jacoby, announced earlier this year that the all-new Spark would be launched in Australia as part of Holden’s major new vehicle launch programme which will deliver 24 major new vehicle launches and 36 new powertrain combinations over the next five years.



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