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    2017 Chevrolet Spark Activ Shows Off Its Dream of Being A Crossover


    • Chevrolet's smallest car dreams of being a crossover


    We can't blame Chevrolet for doing a pseudo-crossover in the form of the 2017 Spark Activ. With sales of subcompacts, compacts, and midsize sedans in freefall due to rabid demand for crossovers, desperate measures need to be taken.

    The Spark Activ stands out from the standard model with updated front and rear fascias, black body cladding, a set of roof rails, 15-inch wheels, and a 0.4-inch lift for the suspension. Standard equipment includes black leatherette upholstery, heated front seats, cruise control, air conditioning, keyless entry, and a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto,

    Fuel economy for the Spark Activ stands at 29 City/37 Highway for the manual and 30/37 for the CVT. These numbers are lower than the standard Spark - 29 City/38 Highway for the manual and 30/38 for the CVT.

    “The new Spark ACTIV is all about adventurous fun and style,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet director of Car and Crossover Marketing. “It has an attitude, while still offering the sophisticated, efficient and connected driving experience customers have come to love.”

    Pricing for the 2017 Spark Activ begins at $16,495 for the manual and $18,045 for the CVT (prices include destination). The Spark Activ will arrive sometime in the first quarter of 2017.

    Source: Chevrolet
    Press Release is on Page 2


    Chevrolet Debuts Sporty New Spark Activ

    LOS ANGELES — Chevrolet today introduced the 2017 Spark ACTIV, a sportier take on the brand’s versatile, connected mini-car, featuring trail-inspired accents and upscale features that complement its urban-chic design.

    “The new Spark ACTIV is all about adventurous fun and style,” said Steve Majoros, Chevrolet director of Car and Crossover Marketing. “It has an attitude, while still offering the sophisticated, efficient and connected driving experience customers have come to love.”

    On sale
    First quarter of 2017

    Pricing
    $16,945 manufacturer’s suggested retail price with manual transmission*
    $18,045 manufacturer’s suggested retail price with continuously variable transmission*
    *Price includes destination charge, but excludes tax, title and other dealer fees.

    Product details
    Spark ACTIV features unique front and rear fascias with accents influenced by off-road skidplates, as well as a new 15-inch wheel design and a revised suspension that increases the ride height by 0.4 inch (10 mm). Additional unique content includes:

    • Specific grille pattern with ACTIV nameplate
    • Round fog lamps and fog lamp housings integrated in the front fascia
    • Contrasting wheelhouse moldings and hatchback cladding
    • Rocker moldings
    • Roof rails

    The well-appointed interior features standard black, heated leatherette front seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, along with these features:

    • Chevrolet MyLink with a 7-inch-diagonal color touchscreen and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility (subject to their terms, privacy statements and data plan rates, as well as a compatible smartphone)
    • Rear-vision camera system
    • SiriusXM satellite radio (three months)
    • OnStar Guidance Plan (three months)
    • 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot (three-month/3GB data trial)
    • Air conditioning
    • Cruise control
    • Remote keyless entry
    • Steering wheel controls for phone and audio system
    • Power windows with Express Up/Down
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    Pricing and marketing at the active life style Millennials should help get that first car sale going. Smart Move Chevy! :metal: 

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    So, I like the idea as it's a smart move all things considered. On the other hand, I can't help but think 90's Geo Metro when I look at the rear. I understand the need for plastic bits to make a pseudo-crossover look more convincing, but making the entire rear bumper unpainted looks trashy. The front bumper is much better and looks like they actually tried.

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      Source: Mazda 
      Press Release is on Page 2


      2017 MAZDA CX-5 PRICED FROM MSRP OF $24,045
      Mazda’s Best-Selling Compact Crossover SUV a Remarkable Value with Segment-Exclusive Standard and Available Technologies IRVINE, Calif. (March 8, 2017) – The previous Mazda CX-5 ended its tenure as a compact crossover SUV segment favorite, winning the praise of automotive critics and the hearts of consumers. CX-5 became Mazda’s best-selling vehicle in the U.S. Its successor, the all-new 2017 CX-5, will arrive in late March at dealerships nationwide with a starting MSRP of $24,045, building on the momentum that has made the model an unequivocal hit.
      The 2017 CX-5 hits a sweet spot in the compact crossover SUV segment for its refinement, quality, craftsmanship, design, efficiency, safety and dynamics among a long list of other reasons. No matter which trim level is selected, CX-5 also represents a remarkable value.
      The entry CX-5 Sport trim features 17-inch alloy wheels, black cloth-upholstered seats, cruise control, air conditioning, power windows, power mirrors, pushbutton starter, LED headlights, variable intermittent windshield wipers, carpeted floor mats, a 40:20:40 split-folding rear seat, Smart City Brake Support and power door locks. Additionally, CX-5 comes standard with MAZDA CONNECTTM, which pairs a 7-inch color touchscreen- and Commander-control-knob-operated infotainment display that incorporates AM/FM/HD radio, vehicle diagnostics, a backup camera, Bluetooth phone and audio integration and two USB ports for phone connectivity and charging.
      CX-5 Touring adds a six-way power driver’s seat, leatherette seating surfaces with Lux Suede inserts, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, heated front seats, rear privacy glass, auto-leveling LED headlights, a six-speaker audio system, Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter handle, illuminated vanity mirrors, a rear center armrest, rear HVAC vents, dual-zone climate control, rear USB ports and a reclining rear bench seat.
      Further building on CX-5 Touring is the Preferred Equipment Package, which includes a BOSE® 10-speaker audio system with CenterPoint 2 and AudioPilot 2, a power glass moonroof, power liftgate, navigation, auto-dimming mirrors with Homelink and auto on/off headlights. Customers can also opt for the Touring i-ACTIVSENSE Package on top of the Preferred Equipment Package, adding High Beam Control, Lane-Departure Warning, Lane-Keep Assist, Mazda Radar Cruise Control and Smart Brake Support.
      Adding greater levels of equipment yet is CX-5 Grand Touring, adopting black or parchment leather seating surfaces, 19-inch alloy wheels, eight-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support, SiriusXM satellite radio, rain-sensing wipers and heated exterior mirrors. Other additions include Adaptive Front-lighting system, LED fog lights and LED tail lights. Finally, CX-5 Grand Touring’s Premium Package comes with a windshield-projected Active Driving Display with Traffic Sign Recognition, a power front passenger seat, heated rear outboard seats, heated steering wheel and windshield wiper de-icer.
      All models come standard with the SKYACTIV-G 2.5 engine and six-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, with Mazda’s predictive i-ACTIV all-wheel drive available on all trim levels.
      MSRP FOR ALL MODELS IS AS FOLLOWS:
      Model/Trim Package Front-Wheel Drive i-ACTIV AWD CX-5 Sport $24,045 $25,345 CX-5 Touring $25,915 $27,215 •Touring Preferred Equipment Package $780 $780 •Touring  
      i-ACTIVSENSE Package
      $625 $625 CX-5 Grand Touring $29,395 $30,695 •Grand Touring Premium Package $1,830 $1,830  
      AVAILABLE PREMIUM PAINT COLORS:
      Soul Red Crystal $595 Machine Gray Metallic (CX-5 Touring and Grand Touring models only) $300 Snowflake White Pearl Mica $200  
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