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Canadians have been told the differential in the currency rates would lead to many things becoming more expensive. After several years where the Canadian dollar was valued higher than the United States dollar, there has been a substantial swing in the other direction. This threat of higher Canadian prices is particularly the case with food (although never discount the motivation of plain, simple greed by an opportunistic entity). As expensive items similar in both the United States and Canada, automobile pricing has seen some of the most extreme differences caused through currency conversion. Canadians simply want to know our earnings are being sought by companies that accept the knowledge of how hard we work for our money. With well-priced items serving as a great springboard for attracting our dollar, Chevrolet's newest Spark subcompact could be a satisfying enticement to car buyers flirting under the five-digit price milestone.
Showing the vehicle at the 2016 Montreal International Auto Show, the redesigned 2016 model year Chevrolet Spark's starting price is announced at $9,995. The price tag will represent one of the most affordable paths to an all-new car. The 2016 Chevrolet Spark is not the first subcompact to enter the Canadian market recently such a rock-bottom staring price. A few years ago, the Nissan Micra was released with a symbolic under-$10,000 price tag drawing several headlines.
For the budget-minded base price, drivers will receive a sharp hatchback powered by a 98-horsepower 1.4-liter four-cylinder Ecotec engine, the Spark comes with a standard five-speed manual gearbox. The 2015 Chevrolet Spark is also offered a dual-range continuously variable transmission touts maximize fuel economy potential. Rated at 5.9 liters per 100 kilometers in Canada, the American fuel range through city/highway driving is rated more than 35 miles per gallon.
Promoting an ultra-low price tag, Chevrolet has also created news as the affordable vehicle will not be anywhere near being bare-bones transportation. Targeting the young, connected Canadian motorists, the 2016 Chevrolet Spark includes a seven-inch Chevy MyLink touch-screen infotainment system as standard equipment. Furnishing connectivity through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, the Spark wireless device compatibility is heightened by OnStar Wi-Fi hotspot 4G LTE. As well as entertaining occupants, protection is also a paramount issue on the 2016 Chevrolet Spark. Standard rear backup camera and 10 airbags come on every trim level, Rear park assist and an active safety suite consisting of Ford Collision Alert, Lane Departure Warning as well as Side Blind Zone Alert is available on the new Spark beyond the $9,995 base price.
The less than $10,000 starting price for the Chevrolet Spark comes as General Motors of Canada recognizes how captivating to the first time new car buyer. In Canada, the Spark supports 35% of motorists who have purchased their first new vehicle. The hatchback also serves an important role for drawing people to the Chevrolet brand. The Spark attracts 45% of buyers who are new to the Chevrolet brand.