New 2012 Holden Barina scores 5-Star safety rating

September 19th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

The upcoming 2012 Holden Barina hatch has been awarded a maximum five-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

The new hatch is set to go on sale later this year, with a long list of standard safety features which will make it one of the safer options in the segment. Safety features on the all-new car include driver, front passenger, front side and curtain airbags, dual front seatbelt pretensioners, seatbelt reminders, Electronic Stability Control, a collapsible pedal release system and head restraints for all seats.

Holden New Zealand Managing Director, Jeff Murray, said the result proved that when it comes to buying a small car you don’t need to compromise on safety. “We are very happy with this result, it absolutely reflects the commitment Holden has made to ensuring the Barina is one of the safest small cars on the road,” Murray said. “Now a large number of safety features are accessible to all Holden customers, and it doesn’t necessarily have to be dependent upon budget or car size.” Continue reading “New 2012 Holden Barina scores 5-Star safety rating” »

Holden drops covers off all-new 2012 Barina

July 4th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

Holden has unveiled the new 2012 Barina at the Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne. First unveiled last year in Chevrolet form as the Aero the Holden-badged 2012 Barina will go on sale in NZ this October.

The next-generation Barina will add to a Holden’s growing small car range that now includes the Australian-built Cruze sedan and hatch and the smallest of the line up, the Barina Spark.

In terms of styling, most of the Chevrolet Aero’s design has been retained including the distinctive ‘dual port’ grille which is set to give the Holden range a new corporate face in the future. Dynamic lines are carried through a high beltline, sweeping roofline and subtle integrated rear spoiler. The Barina’s design work was completed at GM’s South Korean design centre.

In the cabin the new Barina use a similar motorcycle-inspired instrument panel as the smaller Barina Spark. Blue illumination is used all round and LED backlighting also features. Standard equipment includes modern kit like Bluetooth and audio streaming, iPod connectivity, cruise control and steering wheel audio buttons. Continue reading “Holden drops covers off all-new 2012 Barina” »

Holden Barina Spark 2011 Review

March 4th, 2011 by Darren Cottingham

There’s no doubt that a small spark can be a powerful thing. Spark is a vital element of the internal combustion engine and it’s often a small spark that can start the largest fires. But can Holden’s new Barina Spark blaze its way into the affections of small hatch buyers on a budget in NZ, or will it fizzle out? With unique micro-car styling, quirky features and an emphasis on safety the Spark has a good chance of scoring some serious sales. Car and SUV spent a week fanning the flames to see if the Barina Spark will become hot property.

Designed and built in Korea, the Barina Spark is a truly global product for General Motors that will be sold in over 150 countries. Here in NZ, the Spark is the latest in a line of sub-compact hatches Holden has given the Barina badge and sold over the years. How does it stack up? Well, it’s certainly the most striking model to wear the nameplate.

Aimed largely at female buyers the Spark has definite cute appeal but also mixes in many modern, sporty design cues. Like a dog that’s carried in a handbag the Spark’s petite proportions and wide-eyed face will get the ladies swooning. Huge wrap-over Continue reading “Holden Barina Spark 2011 Review” »