Holden Barina update due October
1st July, 2011
The new Holden Barina, due in October, will enhance the
appeal of GM’s small car range which now includes the Australian-built Cruze sedan and the 'baby' of the
Holden range, Barina Spark.
Barina, which has already been launched in Europe and the United States by Chevrolet (another General
Motors brand), brings new styling to the sub-compact segment.
Its striking interior and exterior design was led by Holden’s Ondrej Koromhaz while on assignment at
General Motors' South Korea design centre and takes familiar design cues from its Barina Spark and Cruze
Holden Chairman and Managing Director Mike Devereux said the the new Barina marked a new chapter in
the proud 26-year history of the popular light car.
“The introduction of this new model shows Barina has really grown up. This is a world-class vehicle
with leading design and safety credentials. We think it’s going to be a real hit in showrooms around the
country,” Mr Devereux said.
“Importantly, it represents yet another example of our product renaissance which is seeing our
entire model line-up refreshed with exciting new vehicles designed to beat other entries, not just
compete with them.”
“The eye-catching design of the all-new Barina will make it stand out from the crowd and deliver
what Australian small car drivers need and want.”
“We’re excited about Barina’s potential and we think it will appeal to an even broader range of
customers when it goes on sale in a few months.”
Locally-inspired interior and exterior design
Barina boasts a 'muscular' appearance with a wide stance, sculpted body panels and dynamic
proportions. Its five door body has aggressive 'shoulder' lines and concealed rear door handles.
Rounded, exposed head and taillights give the front and rear fascia a three-dimensional, sporty
appearance with its dynamic proportions carried through the high beltline, sweeping roofline and
integrated rear spoiler.
Its compact dimensions conceal a spacious and edgy interior complete with motorcycle-inspired
instrument panel and multiple storage pockets.
On the driver’s side, the detailed instrument cluster features a large, round analogue tachometer set
within an asymmetrical LCD read-out alongside an easy-to-read digital speedometer. Ice blue interior
illumination and LED backlighting is featured throughout the cabin.
As the leader of the advanced global design work, Koromahz said “After several years in the making,
it’s very satisfying to see the finished product ready to hit Aussie roads. I think customers in this
country will respond really positively to the new Barina.”
“We worked hard to give it an assertive appearance with lots of character that will appeal equally
to men and women. We also aimed to deliver a really strong road presence with modern, sporty details like
exposed headlights and concealed rear door handles.”
“Overall, it’s pleasing that we’ve been able to deliver Holden customers such a strong
Barina’s interior design and spacious lay-out is enhanced by an array of convenience features,
including Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, USB input with iPod connectivity, cruise control and
steering wheel audio controls.
With performance to match its good looks, the all-new Barina is equipped with a responsive 1.6-litre
4-cylinder petrol engine equipped with a 16-valve cylinder head with dual overhead camshafts and variable
valve timing. It comes matched to a five-speed manual transmission or optional six-speed automatic.
Barina delivers the active safety benefits of Electronic Stability Control (ESC), incorporating an
anti-lock braking system, brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution and traction control.
Occupants are protected by a total of six airbags – dual front, front side impact and full length curtain
Pricing, full specifications and features will be announced closer to the October launch date. Stay
tuned to Next Car for those details.