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Old 04-01-2015, 06:11 PM   #1
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GM Reveals 2016 Chevrolet Spark

Innovation is the Spark behind Chevrolet’s Minicar
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April 1, 2015

  • Redesigned, more refined global minicar offers greater efficiency, safety and connectivity
  • New 1.4L engine offers 16 percent more horsepower than current model
  • New available active safety features include Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind Spot Alert
  • On sale in the fourth quarter of 2015

NEW YORK – Chevrolet today introduced the all-new 2016 Spark – a completely redesigned and more sophisticated execution of the brand’s global minicar. It offers greater efficiency and refinement, along with new, available safety and connectivity features.

As one of Chevrolet’s most global vehicles, the 2016 Spark will be offered in more than 40 markets around the world.

“Chevrolet is fast becoming one of the world’s most important mini- and small car manufacturers, offering customers around the globe a new road to the refinement, efficiency and connectivity features that resonate with them,” said Alan Batey, president, GM North America and Global Chevrolet.

“The redesigned 2016 Spark builds on a strong legacy and takes the segment to a higher level with features and technologies not typically offered.”

The new Spark has a sleeker appearance, thanks to a slightly longer wheelbase, and an overall height about 1.6 inches (40 mm) 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.

It is also built on an all-new, more robust architecture that serves as the foundation for its more sophisticated driving experience. The stronger body structure enabled engineers to tune ride and handling more precisely, for greater feelings of control and refinement, while fostering a quieter ride.

“At its core, the new Spark is still the fun, agile urban car that made the first-generation model so popular, but it delivers that fun driving experience with greater sophistication,” said Sam Basile, executive chief engineer. “And while it’s a truly global car, it is targeted for more developed vehicle markets, allowing engineers to focus more precisely on the materials and technologies that resonate with customers in those markets.”

Additional new and enhanced vehicle features:
  • All-new Ecotec 1.4L I-4 with manual and continuously variable (CVT) transmissions – delivering a GM-estimated 40 mpg on the highway with the available CVT
  • New available safety features including Side Blind Spot Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Forward Collision Alert
  • Next-generation Chevrolet MyLink with 7-inch-diagonal color touch screen
  • Advanced dot-matrix LCD instrument cluster display
  • Comprehensive lineup of accessory packages for unprecedented personalization options.

Design details

With the instantly recognizable face of a contemporary global Chevrolet, the 2016 Spark is distinguished by a sleeker proportion and aesthetics.

The lower roof height reduces the characteristic upright look of many minicars, while a “shrink-wrapped” body – with the wheels pushed to the edges of the fenders – contribute to a firmly planted presence.

An evolution of Chevrolet’s signature dual-port grille is flanked by large, elliptical headlamps that sweep back into the front fenders. The headlamps have a highly detailed appearance that contribute to the Spark’s more sophisticated design.

“In short, the Spark has grown up,” said Michael Simcoe, GM International vice president of Design. “It retains a youthful flair, but reflects the maturation of the global minicar market and customers’ desires for richly styled and highly contented choices.”

A palette of bold exterior colors remains, and three new colors – Toasted Marshmallow, Kalamata and Splash – join the mix, depending on the market.

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.

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

An all-new instrument panel design with an advanced liquid crystal display (LCD) features a prominent “center stack” for the infotainment and climate system controls. The Spark’s signature color-matched instrument panel décors are updated with trapezoidal air outlets compared with round outlets on the current model.

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

New volume control and other physical buttons reduce complexity and enhance the system intuitiveness.

Complementing MyLink to enhance Spark’s connectivity is available OnStar with 4G LTE built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. It provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever the vehicle is on.

All-new engine

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

Engineered to deliver strong performance with excellent efficiency, the new Ecotec engine family represents a clean-sheet design and engineering process, leveraging the diverse experience of GM’s global resources.

“The new Ecotec architecture represents the most advanced and efficient family of small-car gas engines in GM’s history,” said Tom Sutter, global chief engineer. “Along with performance and efficiency targets, we’ve also aimed for segment-challenging refinement with low noise and vibration – and we’ve hit the bulls-eye.”

Spark’s new 1.4L features an aluminum cylinder block and head, which helps reduce the vehicle’s overall mass to enhance performance and efficiency. The cylinder head also incorporates an integrated exhaust manifold, which further reduces weight – an attribute that contributes to increased vehicle efficiency and a more favorable front-to-rear weight balance, for a more responsive driving experience.

Engine efficiency is also enhanced through reduced friction, including low-friction piston rings, a low-friction camshaft drive and a low-friction oil pump. A five-speed manual transmission or dual-range continuously variable transmission are available with the new 1.4L.

Enhanced safety

The 2016 Chevrolet Spark builds on the current model’s reputation for delivering excellent passenger safety in the minicar segment, where the 2015 Spark is a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

A stronger body structure is at the core of the new Spark’s safety story and is complemented by a wider array of passive and active safety features. Ten standard air bags include driver/front passenger knee air bags, roof rail side air bags and seat-mounted thorax/pelvic air bags. A rollover sensing and protection system is also offered.

Additionally, new active safety features can help drivers avoid collisions through camera-based technology providing alerts to possible collision threats:
  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Side Blind Spot Alert.

A rear-vision camera system is standard and rear park assist is offered.

Manufacturing

The 2016 Chevrolet Spark will be produced from globally sourced parts at GM’s Changwon, South Korea assembly facility. It goes on sale in the United States in the fourth quarter of 2015.

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

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Old 04-01-2015, 06:13 PM   #2
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Old 04-01-2015, 06:16 PM   #3
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Thanks for the billion pictures of the same exact area of the car from different angles, GM.
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Old 04-01-2015, 06:23 PM   #4
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Sounds like a big improvement.... Well shoot, I shudda waited I guess.
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Old 04-01-2015, 06:44 PM   #5
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Looks way less ugly. Those old headlights
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:47 PM   #6
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Old 04-01-2015, 09:53 PM   #7
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Those pics are action shots.. Lol, but wanted to see the interior.. I liked the old interior
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Old 04-02-2015, 06:05 AM   #8
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The 1.4T in this would be sick. They'll never do it though, for fear of losing the already tenuous (and struggling) Sonic sales.

Nothing too exciting here, but it looks better.
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Really the only two complaints I have with mine are it needs more power and the speakers suck. They are way too small and sound like crap. On the plus side I get great mileage, I have gotten up to 43mpg on a trip before. It sure is nice filling it up right now on less than $20.
About the looks, well as with any car it's subjective. It gets lots of compliments which surprised me.
Anyway after 10 months and close to 14,000 miles with it I am happy overall. But thinking of trading for a new one in a couple years.
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Here are some pictures from the Chevrolet site.


http://www.chevrolet.com/2016-spark.html
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you would think that if they are going to have sporty accessories and vinyl packages, that they would offer a sportier engine. I do like the looks of this one better than the current Spark.
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you would think that if they are going to have sporty accessories and vinyl packages, that they would offer a sportier engine. I do like the looks of this one better than the current Spark.
I don't know, I think the 1.4L Turbo will be pretty sporty in that little car. I have fun driving the wife's Sonic, and it weighs more than this will.
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I don't know, I think the 1.4L Turbo will be pretty sporty in that little car. I have fun driving the wife's Sonic, and it weighs more than this will.
But they're not putting the 1.4L TURBO in it, just a plain ole 1.4L .
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But they're not putting the 1.4L TURBO in it, just a plain ole 1.4L .
Oops, missed that. I guess I should read more carefully and not ASSume things.

Oh well, one could slap a turbo on it, no?
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Oops, missed that. I guess I should read more carefully and not ASSume things.

Oh well, one could slap a turbo on it, no?
It's a "new" 1.4L per the article, so not likely anytime soon [someone has to develop it, etc].
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you would think that if they are going to have sporty accessories and vinyl packages, that they would offer a sportier engine. I do like the looks of this one better than the current Spark.
What, 98 horsepower isn't enough for you? At least its up from 84 horsepower. Thats a 16% improvement! On the other hand, it still doesn't come close to cracking the 20 lbs/hp mark
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Well if they can get it to 300hp and keep the 40mpg I bet everyone would like that...
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What, 98 horsepower isn't enough for you? At least its up from 84 horsepower. Thats a 16% improvement! On the other hand, it still doesn't come close to cracking the 20 lbs/hp mark

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the 2.0T from the new Malibu would be nice. 250hp. hell, the 1.5T with 160hp would be better than nothing!
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All this talk of overpowered Sparks got me thinking ... GM should do a Spark for SEMA with the LT4. I'm sure it can be done with enough effort. Might have to make it into a mid-engined 2 seater ... but it would certainly catch people's attention.
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All this talk of overpowered Sparks got me thinking ... GM should do a Spark for SEMA with the LT4. I'm sure it can be done with enough effort. Might have to make it into a mid-engined 2 seater ... but it would certainly catch people's attention.
A 2.0T would be enough.
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