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2008 Holden Barina hatchback details

Update: New Holden Barina Review
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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.

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From the inside, the Barina now has a revised instrument panel, console and new fabric trim. Exterior-wise, a more Euro look has been adopted, and it reminds us a little of the Skoda Roomster. Powering the car is a 1.6-litre, 76kw, 145Nm engine, which returns a 7-litre/100km fuel consumption when mated to a manual gearbox, and 7.6L/100km in automatic form.

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The 2009 Barina hatch begins at $14,490, with a choice of five new colours in the range. ABS is still an option however, but is now bundled with alloy wheels in a $1,190 package.

“With three body styles, striking exterior and interior design improvements, Barina will appeal to a broad range of customer groups. Add side impact airbags and the package becomes even more attractive,” said Philip Brook, GM Holden Director of Marketing.“Barina represents great value for money in a growing segment of the market that appreciates fuel economy and the convenience of a small vehicle.”

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Holden Barina recommended retail pricing

• 3-Door Hatch starting from $14,490

• 4–Door Sedan starting from $15,990

• 5-Door Hatch starting from $15,990

• Optional ABS and alloy wheels (4) pack $1,190