2016 Chevrolet Spark (nee Barina) revealed
The 2016 Chevrolet Spark (Barina) was simultaneously revealed at both the New York and Seoul motor shows today, we’ll see it in Holden form early in 2016.
THE ALL-NEW 2016 CHEVROLET SPARK was revealed in both Seoul and New York giving us our best look at the car that will replace the current-generation Holden Barina Spark early next year.
In a statement, 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.”
The all-new Spark runs a slightly longer wheelbase and is shorter by 40mm than the car it replaces. This helps the car to look a little sleeker and improves aerodynamic efficiency. According to Holden, interior head room hasn’t been compromised. But we’ll have to wait and see to be sure… It also gets a new 1.4-litre engine that promises improved performance and efficiency.
Ian Butler, Holden Director of Vehicle Performance, said the Holden engineering team had been heavily involved in the development of the Spark, and follows in the footsteps of other car makers tuning their cars to suit specific markets (Hyundai and Kia spring to mind).
“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 kilometres and months of extensive work at our Lang Lang proving ground and on public roads.
“We made sure the car remains fun and agile but will now deliver even more sophistication.”