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Ford Fiesta Sport v Holden Barina RS : Comparison review

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Ford Fiesta Sport v Holden Barina RS : Comparison review

Some buyers want a city car with a bit more pizazz, some want a sporty hatch but either can't stretch to the cost of the full hot-hatch experience or are simply after something easier to live with. That's where these two new cars come in – the Ford Fiesta Sport and the Holden Barina RS...

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Holden Barina RS v Ford Fiesta Sport video review.
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Holden Barina RS v Ford Fiesta Sport video review.

Ford v Holden takes on a new meaning in this sporty hatchback battle.


Holden Barina RS sedan not on local radar
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Holden Barina RS sedan not on local radar

A sedan version of the Chevrolet Sonic RS hatch, badged locally as the Holden Barina RS, will make its world premiere at tomorrow's Los Angeles auto show. But Holden, which launched the Barina RS hatch last week, has distanced itself from the RS sedan, insisting that it is solely focused on the five-door variant and has no intentions to bring the four-door to our market at this stage...


Holden Barina RS Review
Rating: 610 /10
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Holden Barina RS Review

We’re used to SS as a Holden performance badge but the Holden Barina RS introduces letters more familiar with rapid Renaults and Audis, and the fastest Focus. Hot Holdens also continue to be more associated with fast Commodores, so the Barina RS is a car that continues the brand’s sporadic dabbles with sporty-hatch territory...

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$20,990 to $23,190

Holden Barina RS launches from $20,990
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Holden Barina RS launches from $20,990

The Holden Barina RS has staked its claim for the title of Australia's cheapest sports hatch, launching from $20,990. The Barina RS becomes the halo model atop the regular 2014 Holden Barina line-up, which is now between $800 and $1000 cheaper than before, ranging from $14,990 for the manual CD hatch to $20,190 for the automatic CDX sedan...


Holden Barina RS: 103kW hot-hatch confirmed for Australia
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Holden Barina RS: 103kW hot-hatch confirmed for Australia

The Holden Barina RS will go on sale in November, adding a performance flagship to the city car range. The Barina RS borrows its turbocharged 103kW/200Nm 1.4-litre four-cylinder petrol engine from the Cruze small car, helping the pint-sized hot-hatch accelerate from 0-100km in around eight seconds according to overseas tests...


2013 Holden Barina CDX Review
Rating: 610 /10
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2013 Holden Barina CDX Review

When the all-new Holden Barina launched late last year, it was heavily criticised for its recalcitrant auto, patchy ride quality, inconsistent steering and breathless engine. Holden, understandably, was disappointed. But to its credit, the company has taken those criticisms on board and tweaked the Barina for 2013...

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$20,490

Holden Barina CDX pricing confirmed
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Holden Barina CDX pricing confirmed

A higher-specification version of the Holden Barina city car will cost from $20,490. Local car maker Holden has announced pricing for the new Barina CDX variant that was first shown at the 2012 Sydney motor show and goes on sale in December. The Holden Barina CDX is available in both hatch and $500-higher sedan form and carries a $2500 premium over the corresponding CD model...


Holden Barina: top value city car in low-speed collisions
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Holden Barina: top value city car in low-speed collisions

The Holden Barina has been found to be the best value small car according to an NRMA Insurance crash test program focused on low-speed collision repair costs. The Holden Barina topped the group of nine of Australia's top selling small cars in the bumper tests conducted at the Insurance Australia Group (IAG) Research Centre...


Holden Barina sedan released
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Holden Barina sedan released

Holden has released the Barina sedan to complement the existing hatch model, which hit the market in November last year. Starting from $16,490 ($500 more than the new Barina hatch and $200 more than its predecessor), the Holden Barina sedan features all the same technology and drivetrain as its hatch sibling but offers a more traditional bodystyle for different buyers...


New Holden Barina (Chevrolet Aveo) among latest five-star Euro NCAP safety cars
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New Holden Barina (Chevrolet Aveo) among latest five-star Euro NCAP safety cars

The new Chevrolet Aveo – to be sold in Australia as the all-new 2012 Holden Barina – is among a group of nine new vehicles to be awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by Euro NCAP. The top safety rating will make the new Holden Barina one of the safest vehicles in the light car class when it goes on sale in Australia in October, making the Barina’s past poor safety reputation a distant memory...


2012 Holden Barina at Australian International Motor Show 2011
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2012 Holden Barina at Australian International Motor Show 2011

The all-new 2012 Holden Barina hatch has been unveiled for the first time before it goes on sale in Australia in October. The new Barina has already been launched in Europe and the US and now it arrives in Australia to join the Barina Spark and the Cruze in Holden's small car ranks. The Barina has been styled with a hip, young market in mind...


Holden Barina-based SUV spy photos
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Holden Barina-based SUV spy photos

The trend to have a small SUV seems to be catching on with both Ford and General Motors set to release miniture SUVs in the near future. Ford will base its sub-compact SUV on the Fiesta platform while General Motors will build its around the Chevrolet Sonic platform (Holden Barina as it's known here)...


2011 Holden Barina hatch & sedan revealed in Detroit
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2011 Holden Barina hatch & sedan revealed in Detroit

The new Holden Barina has been unveiled under the guise of the Chevrolet Sonic at the 2011 North American International Auto Show in Detroit overnight. On display in both four-door sedan and five-door hatch form, Holden spokeswoman Emma Watts today confirmed both new models would join the Australian line-up...


2011 Holden Barina could be Chevrolet Aveo to debut at Paris show
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2011 Holden Barina could be Chevrolet Aveo to debut at Paris show

The Chevrolet Aveo will be debuted at the Paris Motor Show next month, which could be the upcoming Holden Barina as previously mentioned. In standard Chevrolet Aveo form, the car is said to feature much of the same chunky body design features as the sporty-looking Aveo RS Concept model...


Holden Barina achieves four-star ANCAP rating
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Holden Barina achieves four-star ANCAP rating

In what is a far cry from the original TK Barina's woeful two-star rating, Holden today acknowledged ANCAP’s confirmation of a four-star crash rating for the upgraded 2009 model year (or TK9) Barina three-door hatchback...


2008 Holden Barina hatchback details
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2008 Holden Barina hatchback details

Update: New Holden Barina Review You may remember a little while ago, we had a sneak preview of Holden's updated Barina. Well today, Holden has released specs and pics of the latest incarnation of its budget battler. Sporting a refreshed exterior and interior, the Barina now comes with the added benefit of side airbags to bolster its oft criticised safety rating...


New Holden Barina spied
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New Holden Barina spied

2008 Holden Barina spied The upcoming Holden Barina facelift has been spied on the streets of Sydney - and it looks very happy to say the least. Recently released in Europe as the Chevrolet Aveo, the new Barina is the creation of General Motor's Korean design team. The exterior changes are more than obvious, sporting a completely new front end design with new headlights, grille and bumper...


2005 Holden XC Barina Hatchback Warranty Complaint
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2005 Holden XC Barina Hatchback Warranty Complaint

2005 Holden XC Barina Hatchback Warranty Complaint Name: Carol Brownlie Car Make: Holden XC Barina Hatchback Car Model: Holdend XC Barina Hatchback Year of Manufacture: 2005 Warranty Complaint: The ongoing problem with my car is that the emission light flickers on and off or remains on and the car runs as sick as to the point where it is dangerous to drive...


Why you shouldn't buy a Holden Barina

Back in mid 2006 we reported Holden Barina's 2 star safety rating from ANCAP. Only today did we find the footage to explain why: Notice how the entire chassis is damaged.


Holden Barina 2006 Poor Safety Slows Sales
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Holden Barina 2006 Poor Safety Slows Sales

It was only a month ago I had a laugh about the Safety Rating of the Holden Barina and encouraged no one to even consider it as a car (given that it is based on the miserable Daewoo Kalos). Now it seems like Holden has had enough beating from the public about this issue and are looking at other options for their Korean made Barina...


Holden Barina Korean Safety
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Holden Barina Korean Safety

How surprising that Holden's little Korean baby, the Barina has scored 2/5 from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) . Apparently its the first time in ANCAP's history that a car model has gone backwards in ratings (the previous - European built Barina scored 4)...