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The light car segment is more competitive than it's ever been in Australia, and buyers get more value for money than they ever have. The Barina has its work cut out.
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LIST PRICE Fr $20,390
CARADVICE RATING 6.5
FUEL ECONOMY 6.6/100km
SEAT 5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

2009 Light Hatch Comparison

These light cars are no lightweights. Generally speaking, the word ‘light’ implies there’s something missing: less than the others; a lack thereof; insubstantial; skimping. It rarely invokes a sense of excitement - light beer, for example. As far as the ‘light car’ segment goes, my expectations are immediately managed (down), and I’m ready to be underwhelmed...

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

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...

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...