Holden has introduced the redesigned 2016 Spark.
Set to go sale in April, the model is essentially a rebadged version of the Chevrolet Spark that was introduced last year. As a result, the car has a familiar design but is distinguished by a revised grille that trades Chevy's bowtie emblem for Holden's lion and stone.
The interior also echoes its Chevrolet counterpart but that's not necessarily a bad thing as the 2016 Spark has higher quality materials and an improved design. Holden was coy on specifications but we can see higher-end variants will feature a three-spoke steering wheel, leather seats, and an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
Power is provided by a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that develops 98 horsepower and 94 pound-feet of torque. The engine will likely be connected to either a five-speed manual or an optional continuously variable transmission.
While the Spark was developed primarily in South Korea, Holden’s Director of Vehicle Performance says Australian engineers had plenty of input on the project. As Ian Butler explained, the "Spark is a truly global car but our engineers have made sure it performs exceptionally in Australia’s varied road conditions."