New Spark lost for SA hatch buy­ers

Eyethu Baywatch - - MOTORING • EZEZIMOTO - Val Van Der Walt

Last year Chevro­let packed it’s bags and waved SA good­bye for good, so the new Spark hatch is lost to us.

The Spark was one of the most pop­u­lar bud­get cars in re­cent years and many can be seen on the road, do­ing what they are de­signed to do, tak­ing their own­ers to work with­out fail.

What are SA bud­get hatch buy­ers los­ing out on?

A mod­ern look­ing car which matches the lat­est of­fer­ings from style mas­ters such as Kia and Hyundai.

There’s also more tech in the Spark and more safety fea­tures.

Ac­cord­ing to Chevro­let, fea­tures such as Low Speed For­ward Au­to­matic Brak­ing will make the bud­get hatch a safe com­muter be­cause it can help driv­ers pre­vent or re­duce the sever­ity of low-speed front-end col­li­sions by ap­ply­ing the brakes, or en­hanc­ing the driver’s brak­ing.

The brand has also upped the ante as far as on-board com­mu­ni­ca­tion goes with a stan­dard in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem fea­tur­ing phone in­te­gra­tion com­pat­i­bil­ity with Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto, OnS­tar and ac­cess to the MyChevro­let mo­bile app.

Un­der the bon­net the new Spark will fea­ture a 1.4-litre DOHC en­gine of­fered with a man­ual trans­mis­sion or an avail­able con­tin­u­ously vari­able trans­mis­sion (CVT).

Go­ing through the car’s spec­i­fi­ca­tion sheet, it’s clear that if Chevro­let was still around, SA buy­ers would have liked the new Spark.

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