Expect to soon see a 2015 Chevrolet Spark deliver your pizza order from Domino’s. The pizza maker has tapped the new Spark to serve as its new Domino’s DXP (Delivery Expert) pizza delivery vehicle. The Domino’s DXP originated from a crowd-sourced concept that was submitted as part of the Domino’s Ultimate Delivery Vehicle Challenge.
To convert the MY2015 Chevrolet Spark into Domino’s DXP, the pizza maker partnered with Roush Enterprises. Domino’s DXPs will feature OnStar navigation system to help drivers deliver pizza order to customers as fast and as safe as possible.
Once Domino’s franchises in the United States deploy the DXPs, Chevrolet dealers will undergo special training to meet the needs of these vehicles. Domino’s chose the Chevrolet Spark as the basis for the DXP partly because of the vehicle’s maneuverability, fuel economy and emphasis on driver experience.
Russell Weiner, president of Domino’s USA, described the Chevrolet Spark as the perfect vehicle to bring the company’s “pizza delivery to life.” He said that the DXP will feature a warming oven on board and will be able to accommodate 80 pizzas in the rear. He noted that the vehicle’s fuel efficiency is a plus factor for Domino’s franchisees.
Ed Peper, US vice president, General Motors Fleet, remarked that the partnership between Chevrolet and Domino’s showcases the versatility, technology and performance that the carmaker’s vehicles can provide to US fleets.
The first DXP’s are expected to make their delivery trips this month. A part of the General Motors family, Chevrolet is considered as one of the largest car brands in world, with operations in over 115 countries.
With annual sales of 4.8 million cars and trucks, Chevrolet has been developing and building vehicles that are not only fuel-efficient, but are also true performers in terms of drivability, design and safety features.
Interestingly, Chevrolet unveiled the latest generation of the Spark (2016 model year) at the 2015 New York Auto Show in April. According to the carmaker, the 2016 Chevrolet Spark will be offered in more than 40 markets around the world and is underpinned by an all-new architecture.
Compared to the outgoing model, the new Chevrolet Spark has a slightly longer wheelbase, although its overall height was lowered by 1.6 inches (40 mm). This gave the 2016 Spakr a lower profile that helps reduce aerodynamic drag, resulting to improved levels of efficiency.
Powering the all-new 2016 Chevrolet Spark is an all-new 1.4-liter Ecotec engine that can deliver 98 hp (73 kW) of max output, as mated to a five-speed manual transmission as standard. A dual-range continuously variable automatic transmission is available as an option for the new Spark.