Australia: Holden premiers the 2016 Spark, packs 98 hp

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The Australian manufacturer owned by America’s General Motors has recently taken the wraps off the refreshed 2016 Spark.

The largest US automaker and the third biggest carmaker in the world has announced a while back it would abandon manufacturing in Australia but that doesn’t mean the Holden brand needs to succumb – such introductions are important to keep the spirit alive. Hitting dealerships this April the 2016 Holden Spark unfortunately is merely a rebadged version of the Chevrolet Spark that was launched last year during the New York Auto Show. And we’re sadly reporting the rebadging did nothing to take away our déjà vu feeling (just look at the pictures and say it doesn’t read Hyundai on the badge). The car comes with the familiar Spark design cues (which unfortunately seem to have been snatched Chinese-style – the front from Hyundais and the back from the Toyota Yaris) but Holden did opt for a modified grille aside from its lion and stone emblem.

The interior follows the same trend but fortunately here the Spark has gone up a level or two in terms of better quality materials and improved atmosphere. Holden was not very willing to share specification details, but as we can see the higher trims come packing a three-spoke steering wheel, leather seats, as well as an infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. Under the hood lives a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 98 horsepower and 94 pound-feet of torque – this one can be mated to a five-speed manual or an optional continuously variable transmission.