The Holden Barina range will expand to include a new range-topping model debuting Holden’s new MyLink technology, as well as an automatic transmission option for the Barina Spark.
The new Holden Barina CDX automatic will take pride of place atop the Holden Barina line-up from November, loaded with features including the company’s new MyLink infotainment system that ties together a seven-inch colour touchscreen display with smartphone integration via Bluetooth, plug-in outlet or USB to display music, videos, photos and contacts for hands-free phone use. Smartphone applications for additional audio and navigation options will also be available.
Over the entry-level $15,990 Holden Barina CD, the CDX adds fog-lights, reverse parking sensors, leather steering wheel and gear shifter, heated front seats, chrome exterior accents, 17-inch alloy wheels and a new Snowflake White Pearl colour. Pricing of the Barina CDX will be revealed at its November launch.
Following the release of the Barina CDX will be the introduction of the automatic transmission Holden Barina Spark in January 2013.
Holden marketing manager for small, medium and electric cars, Emma Pinwill said it was always Holden’s intention to offer an automatic transmission option for the Barina Spark as soon as was possible.
“With 68 per cent of light cars sold year to date featuring an automatic transmission and sales growing within the segment, now is a great time to be introducing this option to the Barina Spark line-up,” Pinwill said.
Year to date the Holden Barina and Barina Spark have sold 9700 and 1083 units respectively in 2012, trailing behind the light car segment leaders the Toyota Yaris (14,165), Mazda2 (13,273), Suzuki Swift (9227) and the Hyundai i20 (9225).