FIRECRACKERS: Big-city driving gets livelier with new Chevy Spark models
When it comes to catering for the masses, General Motors (GM), owned Chevrolet, pretty has got every segment of the market covered. It’s the Spark, however, that leads the charge where the market seeks a value-for-money yet stylish urban transport solution.
For 2013, GM has given its Port Elizabeth-built little firecracker a subtle facelift to enhance what has already proven to be a successful vehicle. At the front, the number plate has been moved from the base of the bumper to directly underneath the bowtie emblem on the grille. New front and rear tail lights, as well as indicators integrated into the mirrors, complete the Spark’s exterior refreshments.
The biggest change is that the model line-up has been expanded from two models to five. The range kicks-off with the Campus model which, as the name suggests, is aimed at first time or student buyers at a low R106 100.
It features air conditioning, power steering, ABS with EBD and two airbags. Given the fact that music is essential to a student, the Campus has no standard audio system allowing the fitment of an aftermarket unit of choice.
One step up from the Campus, the base model adds a factory fitted CD / MP3 sound system complete with aux jack and USB port, smart looking roof rails and 14 inch alloy wheels. The next step LS adds more chrome accents, two extra speakers, auto locking door, a new boot spoiler and steering wheel mounted audio controls.
The range is capped off by the top spec LT model which further adds 15 inch alloy wheels, a six speaker audio system, front fog lamps, electric mirrors and windows and rear park assist.
For the first time, GM also offers the Spark as a van model, called the Pronto, which has a payload capacity of 275 kg and is designed to aid small businesses as a unique city delivery solution.
Under the bonnet, the Spark is still powered by a 1.2 litre 16v petrol engine which produces 60 kW and 108 N·m of torque. Drive goes to the front wheels via a five speed manual box. Fuel consumption is rated at 5.4 L /100 km and all models feature a 5 year / 120 000 km warranty.
With a broader range of models, new features and fresh styling, there is now a Spark to suit the needs for everyone! To test drive a Chevy Spark today, call 041 402 9000 or visit them online at www.williamshunt.co.za.
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