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Holden has announced the release of the new Barina hatch will now be delayed until November.

Barina has a 26 year history in Australia. The first two generations were sourced from Suzuki in Japan then the Spanish-manufactured Opel sourced model came along. Then the Daewoo-sourced models from Korea took the Barina nameplate. The new model is a global vehicle and will be sold in over 60 countries as the Holden Barina or Chevrolet Aveo or Chevrolet Sonic.

Holden's Executive Director, Sales, Marketing and Aftersales, John Elsworth said the standard specification would make Barina a stand-out in the competitive light car segment.

“Barina is one of Australia’s favourite small cars and most recognised nameplates and the new-generation Barina has taken a huge leap forward,” Mr Elsworth said.

“It also makes the technology and safety features you’d expect on a large car available as standard in the light segment – which will be hugely appealing to customers,” he said.

“Standard features on the all-new Barina include Bluetooth and Bluetooth audio streaming, USB input and iPod connectivity, steering wheel controls, cruise control and “follow me home” headlamps as well as clever interior storage options.”

Mr Elsworth said Barina’s design credentials would also help reinvigorate Holden’s light car range.

“Holden’s design influence is instantly recognisable with dynamic looks and the strong road presence Holden is famous for,” he said.

“Barina hatch was designed by Ondrej Koromhaz, an Australian design team member, while he was on secondment to the GM Design studio in Korea and we think he’s done a great job at capturing Holden’s DNA.”

“The Holden DNA isn’t limited to Barina’s exterior design, it’s also obvious in the internal design and smart packaging, on-road performance and safety.”

Boasting a spirited 85 kW 1.6 litre DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine, the Barina has one of the largest powertrains in its segment. The Barina is equipped with a standard 5-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic transmission with Active Select.

Barina recently received the maximum five-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP). The same result as achieved in Euro-NCAP crash testing.

Safety features on the all-new car include driver, front passenger, front side and curtain airbags, dual front seatbelt pretensioners, front seatbelt reminders, Electronic Stability Control, a collapsible pedal release system and a head restraint for each seating positions.

The light car market segment is excessively competitive. The Holden Barina will compete directly against the mid-segment models such as Kia Rio and Hyundai i20. General Motors will bring the Opel Corsa to Australia during the latter part of 2012 to compete against the more upmarket light car competitors like Ford Fiesta, Mitsubishi Colt, Suzuki Swift and Toyota Yaris.

Interior design

Barina’s compact dimensions conceal a spacious and edgy interior – one of the largest in its segment – complete with motor cycle-inspired instrument panel and multiple clever 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 feature throughout.

Thoughtful design solutions have been used to maximise Barina’s cabin dimensions, helping it achieve high levels of driver and passenger space in the front and back seats.

Unique pockets have been made on either side of the centre stack and upper instrument panel for smaller items like wallets and personal devices. The bi-level glove box has two concealed storage areas complete with USB and auxiliary outlets with a recessed channel to accommodate an MP3 player cable.

In the back, 60/40 split fold rear seats fold flat to give Barina a roomy and flexible cargo space.  The Barina has 290 litres of space with the rear seats up, and 653 litres with the seats folded fully flat.


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The Barina exterior colour palette features seven choices:

  • Olympic White
  • Flame Red
  • Urban Grey (prestige)
  • Nitrate Silver (prestige)
  • Boracay Blue (prestige)
  • Misty Lake (prestige)
  • Carbon Flash Black (prestige)

Jet Black cloth interior trim is standard with all exterior colours.

Holden Barina hatch is launching with a driveaway price of $16,990 with a manual transmission. The new generation Holden Barina will go on sale across Australia in November.

Holden Barina hatch pricing* (MLP*)

Barina hatch with 5-speed manual transmission $15,990*
Barina hatch with 6-speed automatic transmission $17,990*

Prestige Paint is a $500* option.

NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.


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