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Prices cut as Spark built in SA

2012-04-30 08:34

Chevrolet’s spunky little Spark hatchback is now being built in South Africa – and to celebrate General Motors SA has slashed prices.

GM describes it as “a price realignment” but the bottom line is that the new price for the entry-level model Spark 1.2L is now R107 500 including VAT – a cut of seven percent from the previous R114 500.

You can add a “sports bumper” and 15” alloy rims for an extra R3000.

'SERIOUS CONTENDER'


Malcolm Gauld, GMSA’s sales and marketing boss, said: “There is even better news for those who want to go a bit upmarket. The Spark LS (with aircon, power windows and mirrors and other extra features) will now sell for R116 500 (from the previous R128 945), a saving of 9.7% (or R12 445) over the imported model.

“This makes the Spark a serious contender in the entry level market and an excellent value proposition.”

However, the imported LS already had alloy rims – you want them now you’ll pay R1500 extra, so the actual saving is R10 945 – still a substantial discount. The car was launched in 2010

The units will be assembled at the GM plant in Port Elizabeth.

Gauld added: “The first locally produced Sparks mark the completion of phase two of a three-phase major investment at our plant that will bring GMSA fully into line with the government’s Automotive Production Development Plan with a targeted annual local production of 50 000 vehicles.

“The first phase was the introduction of the Chev Utility late in 2011, the third will be the introduction of a new Isuzu light commercial in 2013.”

'CLASS-LEADING SAFETY'

The cost savings have, Gauld says, been achieved without compromise to specification (except for the alloy rims, of course).

“The Spark is a now, more than ever, a serious contender on value-for-money specification in the entry level segment. Couple this with class-leading safety specification, including anti-lock brakes and front airbags on all models - and the Spark emerges clearly ahead of the opposition.”

The new prices structure applied from April 26 2012.

Comments
  • Stefano - 2012-04-30 16:30

    To really make a difference this car shouldn't cost more than R 75000!!!! THAT would make it a REAL "realignment"

      raath - 2012-04-30 16:47

      on what do you base your estimation?

      Peet - 2012-05-01 08:49

      Yaris will qualify for R 75000

  • shaunisaac.malambo - 2012-04-30 19:22

    Seems like everyone wants a Chevy... ;) Nice sports kit!

  • shaunisaac.malambo - 2012-04-30 19:27

    http://trailblazer.chevrolet.co.za/gm/content/en/trailblazer/teaser

      shaunisaac.malambo - 2012-04-30 19:27

      a Spark on something?

  • Stefano - 2012-05-01 15:19

    Even in Europe this model costs less than R 95.000!! In the mighty USA the base model retails for R 63.500!!!In India the old model retails for R 43.000. What is going on here??? Furthermore it is a matter of disposable income. This category of cars should cater for entry level customers, primarily young people entering the labour market, students and young families on their way...hopefully. I am not in this category being almost 60 years old but I go back to my early days in the 70's in Italy where as students we could have access to very many uncomplicated,light and easy on fuel cars. They where VERY accessible and NOBODY got killed in any of them.( Fiat 500, Citroen Dyane,Renault R4,Mini,Innocenti A112 etc,etc) I do not understand how when we decide to build a car here we ask the public to be grateful for a lousy 6% discount!

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