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About a week ago I posted a blog about the new Korean made Holden Barina and its awesome 2/5 Star safety rating. It turns out that Holden did actually have a choice of bringing the European – Opel made Corsa as the new replacement for the Barina, but instead chose to bring the re-badged Daewoo instead. Why is that?

Well Holden needed to compete with the likes of Toyota Yaris and Honda Jazz, and the cute little Suzuki Swift! Given the Opel solution would have cost more for obvious reasons (e.g. it is better built, and the wheels won’t fall off) Holden decided to go ahead, re-badge a Daewoo and sell it under its ever more deceiving umbrella of Australian Cars. So what did we miss out on? Just look at that picture! Heck, when Opel’s Performance division brings out the hot turbo version, that would be a car I’d consider buying, it would be a nice replacement for the non existing Toyota Starlet GT.

My motto is, small car, great fun. And that’s what we all had as we developed the new Corsa on some of the world’s most demanding test tracks. Excellent driving dynamics, perfect handling and powerful brakes are all characteristics I expect from an Opel today.” Opel managing director Hans Demant

However, if you are a GM share holder, well for a start, you would be well aware that they are losing money in the millions over in the states, but at least here in Australia, Holden has improved sales with the Korean car, lifting Barina sales around 69% from last year. Nevertheless, some of that is due to the new model arriving here, one could speculate that the better, prettier and undoubtedly more reliable Opel Corsa would have done similar numbers, but as Holden likes to point out, the dealers make more money selling the Korean car. So with a 2/5 star rating, thank your Holden dealer for doing you a great deal and ask if the car comes with Life Insurance.




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