Holden has previously imported the Opel Corsa under the Barina nameplate, though CarAdvice believes the company would offer both city cars concurrently in showrooms rather than just replace the current Barina that’s sourced from Korea.
The European-sourced Corsa would be expected to be positioned as the more expensive city car taking on the likes of the Volkswagen Polo, with the Barina sitting as the price leader in the budget-sensitive class.
CarAdvice believes the fate of the Corsa will rest on whether the local car maker can negotiate the right business case with Opel in Europe.
Opel has unveiled its new, fifth-generation Corsa at this week’s 2014 Paris motor show, setting it up as another potential model for the Australian market.
Holden is reintroducing Opel models to the local market from 2015 after General Motors’ German brand exited Australia in 2013 just one year after its return.
Holden has so far confirmed it will sell the three-door Astra GTC, the Cascada convertible and high-performance versions of the Astra (VXR; also know as the Opel Astra OPC), Insignia (OPC).
The next Corsa OPC, due in the near future, is a strong candidate to join those halo models.
The company has admitted more models are on the cards as Holden prepares to be an import-only business from 2017 after local manufacturing ends.
Holden is considering all options as it looks to move away from its focus on models sourced from Korea.
The new Opel Corsa is not strictly all-new but is a major makeover both mechanically and stylistically.
One of the biggest changes is inside where Opel has worked on lifting the presentation of the Corsa’s cabin with a smarter design and greater use of richer materials.
The Corsa is also offering tech features rare for its segment, including semi-automatic parking, lane departure warning and blind spot monitoring. Due to the price sensitivity of the class, such features would be offered as options on the majority of models.