16 Facts About Holden Barina


Holden Barina is a subcompact automobile sold between 1985 and 2018 by Holden in Australasia.

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Second-generation MF Holden Barina was a rebadged second generation Suzuki Cultus, co-developed with GM using the GM M platform and marketed worldwide under nearly a dozen nameplates, prominently as the Suzuki Swift, Pontiac Firefly and Geo Metro.

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MH Holden Barina, which was released in September 1991, featured an improved interior, upgraded suspension, new front and rear bumpers and revised tail-lamp clusters.

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Third generation SB Holden Barina was based on the Opel Corsa B and imported from Spain.

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Holden Barina offered the choice of Casablanca White, Atlantis Blue, and Mint Green.

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However, once imported into Australia, Holden Barina organised for the conversion into cabriolets at Clayton, Victoria through its performance vehicle partner, Holden Barina Special Vehicles.

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Fourth-generation XC Holden Barina was released in April 2001, based on the Opel Corsa C platform.

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The Holden Barina was awarded the Wheels Car of the Year award for 2001.

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In December 2005, Holden dropped the Opel-sourced Barina and rebadged the Daewoo Kalos hatchback as the fifth generation TK Barina.

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The decision to use the Daewoo Kalos as a basis for the car was made to ensure Holden Barina remained highly competitive in the fast-growing small car market in Australia, facing fierce competition from other South Korean-sourced models like the Hyundai Getz.

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The Holden Barina was sold in single specification, starting at A$12,990 for the 3-door, which was later changed to A$13,490.

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Daewoo-sourced Holden Barina scored a lower two out of five star ANCAP rating than its European-built, Opel-based predecessor.

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Sixth generation TM series Holden Barina debuted at the 2011 Australian International Motor Show held in Melbourne.

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The TM Holden Barina has a similar interior design seen on the smaller Holden Barina Spark both sharing the same ice blue LCD gauge cluster and a similar centre stack design.

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Holden Barina was given a facelift in November 2016, with design updates given to the interior and exterior.

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On 14 September 2018, Holden announced that the Barina will be dropped from the line-up.

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