Chevrolet Spark Pronto
The Spark Pronto is the smallest commercial vehicle on our roads. Basically a box on wheels.
GM have taken the Spark and made a tiny van, much like FIAT did with the Uno years ago, just much better. This is possible because the Spark is built in South Africa.
Basically they have stripped the seats out of the back and made a proper load box with a flat floor and a partition to the front. There are little burglar bars over the rear windows. This translates into a 275kg payload and 876 litres of space.
The Pronto is just right for the businesses that require nothing more than the smallest, cheapest delivery vehicle they can find, with absolutely no need for bells and whistles. Very importantly it retains air conditioning. Ideal for florists, chemists, pathologists and any load that requires cooling.
The cabin at the front is unchanged from the normal Spark. The car also retains the two back doors, so access is excellent.
This little Spark will get small and light parcels as well as documents to clients quickly and inexpensively. It is also ideal for security companies, florists, pathologists and for medical deliveries.
The Spark Pronto uses Chevrolet’s basic 1.2-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, like almost every other Spark. It’s a quite perky, if a little noisy. It produces 60kW at 6400rpm and 108Nm at 4800rpm, and propels the light-weight Pronto from 0 to 100km/h in a little over 13 seconds, with a top speed of 164km/h.
GM claims fuel economy of only 5,4l/100km. Expect around 6 litres/100km.
Around Cape Town I found it more than adequate, almost nippy. The car keeps all the equipment of the normal Spark except the radio, but the wiring and speakers are installed. It still features the same high levels of passenger comfort and safety as found in other Spark models, with dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, power steering, remote central locking and air conditioning.
The Spark range comes standard with a 5-year/ 120 000 km warranty and comprehensive Roadside Assistance, as well as five years’ anti-corrosion cover.
A service plan is available as an optional extra on purchase.