Holden Spark entering the Australian market in 2016

15 Feb 2016 Car Reviews

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Holden Spark entering the Australian market in 2016

Gone are the days when small cars came at the sacrifice of technology

It’s out with Barina, in with Spark. Holden’s most affordable car has undergone a complete redesign and now features class-leading technology and safety, and a new name. Now known simply as the Holden Spark.

New key features include a sleeker appearance, more spacious interior and new-gen mobile connectivity from Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Tech that was previously unavailable in this segment.

Holden Managing Director and Chairman, Mark Bernhard, said Holden believe the new Spark is going to shake things up.

“Spark takes the micro-car segment to a new level with technological sophistication and composed driving manners.  Compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Spark offers connectivity and infotainment features … that the target customers of this car will love,” he said.

“Spark has been designed to be an extension of drivers’ lives and personalities.  Aside from class-leading connectivity, Spark offers a wide range of genuine accessories to make this car the most individually-customisable Holden ever.”

Several changes have been made to the design of the all-new Spark, and with a range of paint colour available, the Spark will offer a better, more exciting package for its drivers.

But it’s not all about vanity. Holden have also made considerable changes to the Spark’s performance abilities.

Ian Butler, Director of Vehicle Performance at Holden, said the engineering team worked closely with GM Korea to “ensure the car is agile and nimble in urban environments whilst remaining composed and comfortable on the open road.

“We’re confident the all-new Spark will set a new benchmark for the micro-car segment.”

Holden have also included a number of safety features in the new Spark, including electronic stability control, hill start assist, electronic brake distribution, ABS, traction control and a rear view camera.

The Spark is due to arrive in Australian Holden dealerships from April this year, so only time will tell just how class-leading the baby Holden can be.