2016 Chevrolet Spark Debut Sparks Interest at New York Auto Show

It looks like Chevrolet has finally found the perfect spark to set fire to the brand’s future—the 2016 Chevrolet Spark. The newest, completely redesigned model of the global minicar was unveiled earlier this month at the New York International Auto Show, showcasing a more innovative, more efficient powertrain, along with more safety and connectivity features.

“Chevrolet is fast becoming one of the world’s most important mini- and small car manufacturers, offering customers around the globe a new road to the refinement, efficiency, and connectivity features that resonate with them,” said Alan Batey, president, GM North America, and Global Chevrolet. “The redesigned 2016 Spark builds on a strong legacy and takes the segment to a higher level with features and technologies not typically offered.”

The 2016 Chevrolet Spark debut showed off a sleeker appearance and lower profile, which helps reduce aerodynamic drag and enhances fuel efficiency. An all-new Ecotec 1.4-liter I-4 engine also helps increase fuel economy, delivering a GM-estimated 40 miles per gallon highway.

Chevrolet’s newest Spark model will go on sale in the United States in late 2015. Until then, don’t forget to stop in to Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet to see what other fuel-efficient vehicles our brand has to offer.

2014 Spark EV Test Drive is Range Record Setter

Usually, the Chevrolet Spark EV can hit 82 miles easy, based on its EPA-estimated 119 MPGe rating. Recently though, Chevrolet engineers bragged that the Spark EV has the capacity to actually go about twice that distance on a single charge…if pushed to do so. Digital Trends decided to test out that boast—and the results were outstanding.

The folks at Digital Trends took the Spark EV to a racetrack, set all dials to optimal efficiency mode—turning off MyLink and climate control systems, for starters—and hit the track. Just because they were on a racetrack, doesn’t mean they were speeding along. In fact, they drove the Spark EV at a consistent speed of just 18.5 mph. There’s nothing slow or even remotely boring about the results of their distance test. The Spark EV held on for six hours of driving out of its battery; ending the test drive after finally running out of juice after 139.7 miles of driving.

This is far more impressive than you might think. Even Chevy’s engineers audibly gasped at the accomplishment, according to Digital Trends. So if you can stand to drive a little slower than the average blue-haired maven, you can get 140 miles out of your Spark EV too. On the other hand, if you think you might want to drive a little closer to the speed limit, you can still get some pretty incredible mileage out of a Spark EV. We’ve got a few at Dale Earnhardt Chevrolet just waiting for you to get here.

Chevy Spark is IIHS Top Safety Pick

In its first year of eligibility for the IIHS’s Top Safety Pick, the all-new 2014 Chevy Spark really shone during the crash tests. As a matter of fact, the Spark became the first minicar to earn the award for the 2014 model year.

Over 62% of the Spark’s underbody and 42% of its upper body is made of lightweight, high-strength steel that absorbs and distributes impact energy around occupants. There are also driver and passenger front knee airbags to reduce the risk of injuries to lower extremities in frontal crashes in addition to dual-stage frontal airbags, seat-mounted side airbags, and side curtain airbags.

In order to earn the Top Safety Pick badge, the Spark successfully accomplished the highest possible score of “good” in the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety’s moderate overlap front, side, roof strength, and head restraint tests, as well as “acceptable” in the new small overlap test.

So if you’re in the market for a safe minicar this year, you’ll find the best option here at Dale Earnhardt Chevy with the 2014 Spark.

Chevrolet and Apple Add Siri Eyes Free to Six New 2014 Vehicles

For those of us who grew up wanting to be David Hasselhoff from Knight Rider, Siri Eyes Free mode available in the 2013 Chevy Spark and Sonic comes as close as anything to helping us live the dream of our very own talking car.  With the successful integration of Siri into those Chevrolet vehicles, the automaker and Apple will be expanding Eyes Free Mode into six new vehicles in the 2014 lineup.

“The response to Siri Eyes Free integration in Chevy Sonic and Spark from our customers has been remarkable,” Chevrolet Vice President of U.S. Marketing Chris Perry said in a statement. “Easy, reliable, and portable connectivity is a top priority for our customers.”

Such a priority is that connectivity that Chevrolet has opted to include Siri Eyes Free Integration in the 2014 Camaro, Cruze, Equinox, Malibu, SS, and Volt vehicles fitted with Chevy’s MyLink technology.  Through their vehicle’s infotainment system, iPhone-toting drivers can command Siri to make calls, listen to and compose messages and emails, access calendar and add appointments, play songs in iTunes, and answer any number of pressing questions.

Many of these Eyes Free-ready vehicles are available right here at Earnhardt Chevy, ready to tell you all about the answer to the universe and about its efforts to learn the complexities of friendship.

Save with the 2014 Spark EV

Saving money has become even more important over the years. We understand that just as much as you do. Chevrolet gets the idea as well. The automaker is releasing the 2014 Spark EV with saving in mind. This completely electric mini car has the ability to save its owners approximately $9,000 in gasoline over the course of five years. That’s the equivalent of $150 each month.

When you break it down into a monthly sum, it may not seem like much, but it is. If you really think about it, you can buy some really great things with that extra $9,000.

  • About 5 roundtrip tickets to England
  • 9,000 Snickers bars
  • 6,425 Starbucks Tall Coffees
  • Two seats at a four championship round baseball games
  • A used car
  • 900 music albums

Or you could always put that $9,000 into paying off the brand new Spark EV you just bought. Get the picture? Saving money on gas because you chose to purchase an efficient car is definitely the way to go.

Just in case you need to hear a few more facts before making that decision, listen up. The EV has the most efficient MPG in its class at 119 and it has a driving range of 82 miles per charge. Did we mention that with tax incentives, the starting price is a reasonable $25,000?

Chevy’s director of small car and electrified vehicle marketing, Cristi Landy, says, “Spark EV is one of the most affordable EVs on the market, with one of the lowest costs of ownership of any new vehicle out there.  Spark EV is a great city car that rewards frequent use by being fun, efficient and affordable.”

Although the Spark EV has not been released nationwide yet, all you have to do is contact Dale Earnhardt Chevy and we’ll track one down for you.