Monday 24 October 2016
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Chevy Spark Proves It’s The Little EV That Could

Chevy Spark Proves It’s The Little EV That Could

The Spark EV is proving to be the little electric car that could for Chevrolet. Chevy Spark U.S. sales, which includes leases, are way up over last year, surpassing its older sibling the Volt which has a new model coming out soon.

So just how big a month did the Spark have in April? Well, Chevy reportedly sold 920 of them, all on the West Coast, which is a huge increase from selling only 97 in April of 2014. Add to that, you can only buy a Spark in two states, California and Oregon. Maryland sales start up later this year.

There are basically two big reasons for the huge sales month. One is that Chevy recently cut the retail price on the Spark, and two, Chevy has a new lease program where drivers can lease one for just $139 per month, instead of $199, with no initial down payment.

Annalisa Bluhm from Chevrolet communications tells AutoblogGreen that April’s sales level was, “simply insane.”

“In those states which offer Spark EV, you can get a 1LT Spark EV for less than a 1LT Spark, with more features,” Bluhm said. “Factor in that you will save approximately $82 per month by abstaining from gas, and it’s easy to see why people went crazy for the Spark.”

Chevy debuted its all-new, sleeker looking, 2016 Spark last month at the Seoul and New York auto shows. It’s been completely redesigned and is built on an all-new architecture with a stronger body structure. A new 1.4-Liter engine offers 16 percent more horsepower than current model. New available active safety features include Forward Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning and Side Blind Spot Alert. It goes on sale during the fourth-quarter of the year.

“The new Spark’s design has evolved and grown up with the segment,” said Michael Simcoe, GM International vice president of Design. “The youthful whimsy of the original Spark is still in its genes, but it is conveyed in more traditional proportions that reinforce the customer’s refined expectations.”

The company says it’s sold more than 1.1 million Sparks worldwide since going on sale as the Beat in India in late 2009. Chevy sells the most Sparks in South Korea, followed by the United States and Mexico.  Chevy says 26 percent of buyers are under the age of 35.

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