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by Jez Spinks

The much-needed auto version of the Holden Barina Spark will cost from $14,490, the local car maker has confirmed.

Holden has released pricing for the mildly updated version of its smallest car, which has seen sales hampered by the lack of an automatic transmission that is popular with car buyers since it was launched in 2011.

The Holden Barina Spark has struggled to 1168 units in 2012 to October, down 66 per cent on this time last year despite being a relatively new model.

The bigger Barina that also competes in the city car segment for Holden, and is available with an auto, has fared significantly better, up 88 per cent in the same period for 10,507 sales.

Pricing for the Holden Barina Spark continues to begin at $12,490 for the CD manual.

Holden has axed the higher-spec CDX model that started from the same $14,490 as the new CD auto, though the latter features similar extra equipment as electric power steering, Bluetooth connectivity, flip key and motorcycle-inspired instrument cluster.

The update includes some exterior and interior styling and trim tweaks.
Holden Barina Spark
Holden Barina Spark CD manual $12,490
Holden Barina Spark CD auto $14,490

  • MacMok

    The VW needs to bring an auto Up! here ASAP to destroy this piece of sh*t in sales.

    • Huwtm

      Are you seriously incapable of producing one decent comment? Or are you just that much of an idiot? Sure the Barina Spark isn’t that best car out there, but there’s no reason to call it a “piece of sh*t”. MacMok, you need to go get some professional help for all that rage.

      • MacMok

        You still mad I burned you earlier? Lighten up and learn to have a laugh.

        • Huwtm

          Seriously, this is never going to end. Truce?

          • MacMok

            Fine. Truce.

        • Aussie and proud

          if you said anything funny we would laugh, so for you seemed to be the joke

          • MacMok

            Try to put together a sentence that makes sense next time.

        • Zaccy16

          Exactly, and i totally agree, the barina is a huge piece of s**t

          • ChrisBrisbane

            Have to agree, truly woeful in every regard! Save a few more dollars and buy an Up.

  • Golfschwein

    Needs larger headlights and smaller-diameter wheels if it’s to pose a real threat in the market place.

    • F1MotoGP

      Yeah, the competition has so much larger headlights and smaller wheels.

    • Mika

      What an obvious stab…

      • F1MotoGP

        Agreed, it’s like beating a dead horse. Or kicking someone while they’re down. I guess we can’t all be witty though.

        • Mika

          Yeah, so true. Like my mother always said, if you don’t have anything nice to say, there’s no need to throw a mean sarcastic quip out there. I’m glad you agree with me F1MotoGP

  • tiddy

    The front looks like a squished up Colorado…only worse

    • Zaccy16

      yeah it looks very out of proportion, only a person who has no interest in looking good or cars or driving would buy one!

  • Akash

    Looks like it got punched in its face.

    • Golfmother

      I always see a grass hopper in the face , looks cheap and  is nasty rubbish .

      • Rastus

        I always see it as a Looney Toon

        • Wile E Coyote

          I love Looney Toon, hence my childish name

          • Secret admirer

            I gotta hand to you Wile E you always come up with the smart comments.

          • Wile E Coyote

            Thank you. And thanks for your admiration, I am flattered.

          • hfmxcwfd

            Why do you have no profile?
            I know you have made lots of contributions.
            Could it be that you are an imposter

          • Wile E Coyote

            I set it to private.

          • MacMok

            I forgot MacMok I mean Wile E you are a super genius .By the way the real Wile E does not use the word childish .

          • Abcdefg

            I know the real Wile E Coyote personally and he does indeed use the word childish on occasion.

          • The Real Wile E

            The are no posts by the real Wile E using the word childish as opposed to you the imposter who uses it regularly such as above.
            Not very clever are you to leave such an obvious trail Abcdefg, MacMok etc etc and clearly you are hurt because the real Wile E has punished you for your stupidity in the past.
            For someone who thinks they know it all it is pleasing to see your ego has taken such a beating and you need to resort to such infantile  behaviour.
            I love it.
            Now make my day a give your typical “childish” response. 

          • Abcdefg

            I know him personally, as well as on CA, and he most certainly does use the word childish in conversation. The only one here who is exhibiting any infantile behaviour is you – you’re coming out of nowhere and accusing me of being an imposter, when I have been nothing but polite, respectful and truthful here. I know Wile E personally and I know that we have each had our fair shares of chiding and being chided by each other – it’s no big deal, since we are good friends and it’s all in good fun. You need to get a life and stop imagining that there’s any drama between my good friend Wile E Coyote and I.

      • Michael Lock

        Huwtm won’t like that comment, we’re not allowed to call it a piece of sh!t without upsetting him….also watch out as he also picks up on all our grammar as well.

        • Huwtm

          Oh whatever. Call all the nasty names what you want – the only person who’ll end up looking like an uneducated, classless fool is yourself.

          • Huwtm

            *Call it all

          • Michael Lock

            Jeepers, your grammar is slightly off a bit there. I hope you not going into a rage because we all think this car is the biggest piece of sh!t every to be sold with a Holden badge since the JB-JD Camira.

            Peace brother, just accept that it is a big (well, little with BIG headlights) piece of sh!it.

  • Unidexter Hopping

    Another global GM dud. Who approved this thing… I know, American management.

  • Zaccy16

    only imbeciles that can’t drive manual would buy this over a up

    • Captain Nemo®™

      Only an imbecile would buy a VeeDud throw-Up! full stop.  Ugly looks,no wind down rear windows gutless A/C so you would cook in summer in the back seat.

      • Fxcvbc

         yes, you would be a imbecile to buy a car of that size when being so concerned about the back seat and the back seat appointments.

        • Mick

          Um, it’s the five-door that doesn’t have wind down rear windows. If you’re looking for a five door car of that size and are anticipating having lots of passengers in the future, it’s not imbecilic to be concerned about the back seat appointments at all.

      • Golfmother

        And the girls will love the UP another winner for VW , unlike this ugly Daewoo that is very very average .

        • Phil

          No auto = no love.

        • Hung Low

          Why would anyone buy the VeeDee F up over a Fiesta, Rio, Mazda 2 or Swift since they are in the same price bracket? Bungle you have to stop spending most of your day in the loo reading your magazine subscriptions.

        • Dave W

          How many girls can or even want to drive manual these days? Maybe one out of a hundred?

      • Mal

         I’ve had my Up! almost a fortnight and it really is an impressive little car.  I would hardly call it ugly.  Volkswagen opted for greater side intrusion protection in the rear doors, hence the lack of wind down windows.  I can’t fault the A/C.  It rides bloody well for such a small thing, and it’s beautifully screwed together.  I’m also averaging about 5 litres in peak hour traffic.  I could also throw an insult in your direction too, but I won’t stoop to your level.  Keep hating, it’s a really good look :)

        • Zaccy16

          great choice its a fantastic little car

        • Hilton

          Greater side intrusion protection in the rear – is that because of the rather glaring omission of side curtain airbags?

  • TG

    No thanks, I’d rather walk.

  • filippo

    I rented one of these 2 years ago in Slovakia, and I must say it was one of the worst modern cars I have ever driven. The Looney Tunes looks extended to the way it drove; It felt top-heavy, creating an almost comical sense of vertigo at every bend. Changing gears felt like stirring a stick in mud, and it clumsily bounced over even the smallest of bumps. It was also horribly gutless, which makes me wonder how it would survive with an automatic transmission. 

    In addition, the interior build quality was woeful; we found 2 screws rolling around the floor of the cabin, and the plastic quality was nasty. It also has a huge blind-spot behind the rear doors. On the plus side, it was quite spacious for such a small, plus it didn’t break down, but no-one in their right mind would buy this over a Micra or Alto.

    • Zaccy16

      or over a up, yeah your very right, i thought the worst car i have ever been in or driven was the getz but this would come close!

      • Sam

        Stop pretending that you’ve driven every car on the market. 

  • twincharger

    Theres a buyer for every type of car available.The Spark is well priced,has all the gadgets and the highest spec is under 15k.

  • MisterZed

    Um, no mention of 4-speed or 6-speed?!

    • Dave W

      I bet it’s gonna be 4 speed. Light car, small engine, 6 gears transmission would make it heavy, and that will affect the fuel consumption.

      Even the manual is only 5 speed.

      • MisterZed

        US model gets 10 airbags – why do we only get 6?  And yes I just checked, it is a 4-speed.

        • http://www.bryanbyrtrenault.com.au/ Modern Man

          seriously people need to get over the airbag thing.

          Yes it helps, but i would prefer the car to be built smarter than adding airbags to get the crash rating up.

          Case in point is the just superseded Aurion. 7 airbags should mean safe right? then why did the Falcon (and we all know how supposedly archaic these apparently are) only have four as standard and still get a 5 star crash rating vs a 4 star for the aurion/camry.

          the up! (dumb name) is a 5 star and so is the new Clio and these only run 4 airbags.

          Airbags are a SUPPLEMENTARY restraint system. Americans dont legally have to have their seatbelts on in all states and therefore the airbags are needed so over there you would probably want 100 airbags.

          Engineer a car right and all is good. engineer a car wrong and the overcompensate for the imcompetent.

          • MisterZed

            Er, yes, technically you are right – Americans don’t have to wear their seatbelt in ONE state, while in the other 49 states they do. The 10 airbags in the Spark over there is probably more to do with Americans perceptions (which are mostly right), that tiny-size cars are less safe than bigger ones. By including 10 standard airbags, Chevy can claim the car is just as safe as a bigger one with only 6 airbags, for example. In other words, more airbags makes up for it’s smaller size. The Sonic (Barina) over there also has 10 airbags, yet in medium to large size cars, 10 airbags are very uncommon.

  • Poison_Eagle

    This is one of the worst cars I’ve ever driven. Dangerously underpowered- had to drop back 2 ratios on a 10% gradient, and it was screaming its coarse little t1ts off.    It would have some decent shove if it was turbocharged, but honestly I wouldn’t want my daughter (if I had one) in something so small and tinny… How many ratios is the auto getting?

  • Sanjay

    So, how long will the auto take to get to 100km/h, 20 seconds?

    I will never understand why anyone buys these hunks of garbage. A 2006 VW Passat 4-Motion V6 with full power options and leather can be had with less than 100,000km on the clock for around $17k….a Ford Mondeo XR5 Turbo for about the same money. WHY WHY WHY do Australians have such an obsession with buying new, even if it is only rubbish like this that they can afford on their budgets?If you had to have a small car, a 2 year old Fiesta Zetec with less than 50,000km can be had for under $13k…or a CL/LX for even less.

    • Zaccy16

      i agree totally, why do people buy cheap chinese rubbish when they can have a much better  used car

      • Mika

        Um, what do Chinese cars have to do with this article and comment, which is about a Barina Spark?

  • MattW

    Forget the gearbox, worry about the looks first

  • Ari

    The Spark targets the lower end of the market which is price conscious very well, the auto will definitely see sales increase 

  • Hung Low

    This is no place for crystal ego’s. Harden up man. Porky has always been a pretentious fake on here, why did it take so long to see the obvious?

  • F1MotoGP

    I guess I was blinded by the opportunity for popularity. To have people also like my comments and think what I said was funny and/or insightful.