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2015 Spark Named Most Affordable Hatchback in US by Autoblog

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Sleek and affordable city car offers both manual and automatic transmissions on entry trim

The 2015 Chevrolet Spark city car was named the most affordable hatchback in the U.S. according to Autoblog! This vehicle gets up to an outstanding 39 MPG Hwy and 31 MPG City! Sparks usually have automatic transmissions, but stick shift fans will be happy to know manual transmissions are also available!

2015 Spark front-side view JBCThere is up to 31.2 cubic feet of cargo space in this model, so you can take all of your luggage on a weekend trip. The rear seats fold down to produce the most amount of space with versatility for all possibilities! The 1.2L 4-cylinder engine powers the Spark across its six trim levels, with the entry level LS trim making Autoblog’s list. Both the LS trims with manual and automatic transmissions start at less than $13,000 at Jim Butler Chevrolet, the #1 Chevy dealer in Missouri!

We recommend Jim Butler’s Chevrolet 2015 and soon-to-be released 2016 Spark to those living in urban areas. Its convenient body size and great gas mileage make the Spark the perfect car to zip around anywhere near or far. This would make a great addition to anyone living in downtown St. Louis! It could also be a perfect addition to any college student/ recent college graduate’s lifestyle! There is a lot of versatility to provide room for 3 extra backseat passengers, or extra cargo space for any transporting needs. The Spark received a Kelly Blue Book overall Consumer Rating of 9.3 out of 10. Customers are highly satisfied with this model, and we believe you will be too!

2015-chevrolet-spark-interior JBCTo learn more about the 2015 Chevy Spark, call us today at 888-640-6826. As your St. Louis Chevrolet dealer, we invite you to check out the Spark in person at our Fenton dealership. If you’re in the St. Louis, Arnold, Belleville or Chesterfield area, stop by our lot at 759 Gravois Bluffs Blvd. in Fenton. Here at Jim Butler you can make your Spark purchase with confidence. We are located in Fenton, MO, and serve as your St. Louis, Chesterfield, Belleville, Fenton and Arnold Chevrolet dealer.

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Redesigned Chevy Spark Offers More Powerful Engine, Efficiency and Safety Features

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2016 model year of Chevrolet’s globally popular city car set for end of ‘15 sale date

The all-new 2016 Chevy Spark is ready to be your guide through the urban jungle and presents a great car for those living in St. Louis city and downtown St. Louis! These redesigned “minicars” are set to go on sale at Jim Butler Chevrolet in Fenton, MO, during the fourth quarter of 2015.

“The redesigned 2016 Spark builds on a strong legacy and takes the segment to a higher level with features and technologies not typically offered,” Alan Batey, GM North American and Global Chevrolet president, said.

A more sophisticated exterior

16 Chevy Spark Jim Butler ChevyThe new 2016 Chevy Spark has a sleeker look about it. The wheelbase has been lengthened slightly, and the height has been lowered approximately 1.6 inches than the 2015 Spark. This lower profile reduces aerodynamic drag to help improve efficiency, and interior adjustments maintain the Spark’s traditionally generous headroom.

The Chevy Spark’s latest edition builds on an all-new, more robust architecture serving as the foundation for its more sophisticated driving experience. A stronger body structure enabled engineers to tune ride and handling more precisely for greater feelings of control and refinement. This all offered while also keeping a quieter ride.

Three new colors are also available for the Spark — Toasted Marshmallow, Kalamata and Splash.

Interior shows off attention to details

Higher quality fabrics, higher-density seat foam and upgrade materials make the seats in the Chevy Spark even more comfortable. They also enhance durability and create a more sophisticated feel.

An all-new instrument panel design with an advanced liquid crystal display (LCD) features a prominent “center stack” for the infotainment and climate system controls. New volume control and other physical buttons reduce complexity and enhance the system intuitiveness.
The Spark’s all-new MyLink radio features a capacitive-touch color display, with an icon-based interface similar to smartphones and other electronic devices. And like a smartphone, the capacitive-touch display allows swiping, pinching and other gestures for quick, easy operation.

A new Chevy wouldn’t be complete without the available OnStar with 4G LTE built-in Wi-Fi hotspot. It provides a mobile hub for drivers and passengers to stay connected. The hotspot is on whenever the vehicle is on.

A Spark of power added under the hood

2016 Chevy Spark Jim Butler ChevroletThe engine powering the 2016 Spark gets an increase in horsepower. The 1.4-liter Ecotec small-displacement engine now offers an estimated 98 horsepower. This represents a 16 percent increase from the 2015 Spark.
Spark’s new 1.4L features an aluminum cylinder block and head, which helps reduce the vehicle’s overall mass to enhance performance and efficiency. Chevy has been working to better the handling of its vehicles by reducing weight, and the Spark has undergone some of the same changes.

The cylinder head also incorporates an integrated exhaust manifold, which further reduces weight. These changes help improve the Spark’s efficiency and create a more responsive driving experience.

Engine efficiency is also enhanced through reduced friction, including low-friction piston rings, a low-friction camshaft drive and a low-friction oil pump. A five-speed manual transmission or dual-range continuously variable transmission are available with the new 1.4L.

Spark’s enhanced safety features

The 2015 Spark was an IIHS Top Safety Pick, and the 2016 model wants to build on that accolade. A stronger body structure and more safety features — both passive and active — make the Spark an even safer driving choice for the unpredictability of both city and highway driving.

Chevy Spark side view 2016 JBCTen standard air bags include driver/front passenger knee air bags, roof rail side air bags and seat-mounted thorax/pelvic air bags. A rollover sensing and protection system is also offered.

A rear-vision camera system is standard, and rear park assist is offered. Additionally, new active safety features can help drivers avoid collisions through camera-based technology providing alerts to possible collision threats:

  • Forward Collision Alert
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Side Blind Spot Alert.

Look for the all-new 2016 Chevy Spark at Jim Butler Chevrolet by the end of 2015. Jim Butler Chevrolet is the No.1 Chevy dealer in Missouri and is your St. Louis Chevy source!

To learn more about the 2016 Chevy Spark, call us today at 888-640-6826. As your St. Louis Chevrolet dealer, we invite you to check out the Spark in person at our Fenton dealership. If you’re in the St. Louis, Arnold, Belleville or Chesterfield area, stop by our lot at 759 Gravois Bluffs Blvd. in Fenton. Here at Jim Butler you can make your Spark purchase with confidence. We are located in Fenton, MO, and serve as your St. Louis, Chesterfield, Belleville, Fenton and Arnold Chevrolet dealer.

2014 Chevy Spark EV Coming Soon to Jim Butler Chevrolet

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 The 2014 Chevrolet Spark EV is the first all-electric car General Motors has launched in 14 years. Jim Butler Chevrolet can’t wait to get the sequel to the GM EV 1 from 1999 on the lot in St. Louis. The 2014 Chevy Spark EV has major improvements that may even make it the most efficient electric car on sale in St. Louis.

The 2014 Chevy Spark EV is the first electric car to offer the SAE’s new combo plug for DC fast charging. The 21-kWh lithium-ion battery can recharge the electric car from dead to 80 percent in 20 minutes. The 2014 Chevy Spark EV is able to be charged with Level 2 charge ports without requiring a secondary connection.

With 400 Ib-ft of torque and 130 horsepower, the 2013 Chevy Spark EV goes from zero to 60 in less than eight seconds. The 2013 Chevy Spark has an EPA-estimated range of 82 miles and a combined 119 MPGe.

Jim Butler Chevrolet will let you know when the 2014 Chevy Spark EV will arrive in St. Louis!

Fit to be Dyed: Chevrolet Spark Suits Up for The Color Run™

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Multicolor version of brand’s first U.S. mini car will pace urban 5K races nationally

The all-new 2013 Chevrolet Spark, a city car offered in bold hues such as Jalapeno, Salsa Red, Lemonade, Denim Blue and Techno Pink, will pace nearly 10,000 runners in The Color Run™ this Saturday and Sunday at the Aviator Sports Center in Brooklyn, the first of numerous Spark-paced races across the country.
Chevrolet and The Color Run today announced a sponsorship deal that makes the Spark – Chevrolet’s first mini car for the U.S. and Canadian markets – the official vehicle and pace car for The Color Run through 2013.The Color Run is a popular, nationwide series of urban 5K races in which thousands of participants are doused from head to toe in different colors for each kilometer. Participation in and buzz for The Color Run have exploded since its debut last year, with nearly a half-million “likes” on Facebook.”The Spark and The Color Run are perfect running mates because both appeal to style-conscious, high-energy urbanites who don’t live life in neutral,” said Cristi Landy, marketing director, Chevrolet Spark. “We hope Color Runners will like what they see when they meet the Spark.” Read More

2013 Chevrolet Spark Maximizes the Mini Car Segment

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Ten ways Chevy’s first mini car for North America delivers a huge driving experience

The 2013 Chevrolet Spark mini car, Chevrolet’s first mini car for the U.S. and Canadian markets, is a sporty four-passenger, five-door hatch. It is designed to excite first-time buyers and city dwellers with its bold styling and colors, affordability, the safety of 10 standard air bags, fuel efficiency and maneuverability.

Spark also is the only car in its segment to provide MyLink Radio – a seven-inch color touch screen radio capable of displaying smartphone-based music, videos, photos and contacts for hands-free calling. MyLink Radio comes with two embedded apps for Pandora internet radio and Stitcher Smart Radio and later, BringGo, an embedded app for full-function GPS navigation, will be available for purchase.

Though compact, Spark offers more passenger and cargo room than other mini-cars such as the Fiat 500, Smartfortwo and the Scion iQ. Equipped with the Ecotec 1.25L four-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission, Spark offers competitive EPA-estimated fuel economy of 38 mpg hwy. Read More