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Spy shot 2010 Holden Barina

image Carparazzi show what the new Barina would look like with great looking computer renderings of how it will finally look once it has been morphed for the road. (pic by carparazzi) Photo Gallery

Call it a Lacetti, call it an Excelle, call it an Optra or call it an SRV.

It could even be a Reno.

All the names fit, but the one most likely to fit for Australia is Viva. Or perhaps Barina.

The name game has developed as General Motors pushes its smallest new global design towards showrooms.

GM has already created the Corolla-sized Cruze, which is sold with a variety of names and badges around the world, and now has its next compact almost ready for action. The names will vary because it is planned to be sold as a Chevrolet, a Daewoo, a Buick and a Holden _ as well as a Suzuki.

Regardless of the name, the newcomer is a youthful little city car which will start a a five-door hatch in 2010 and will be followed by a sedan and baby station wagon in 2011.

These Carparazzi pictures show the Barina as it is today, disguised as a test car during trials in Europe, with great looking computer renderings of how it will finally look once it has been morphed for the road.

It has a similar edgy style to the Cruze, but also reflects the need for maximum space and style in a car which is likely to sell for well below $20,000 in Australia.

Few details have emerged yet on the baby car, which has been spawned for low-cost production at Daewoo in Korea. But it is likely to have an all-new mechanical platform, with cabin package and suspension systems which are flexible enough to suit the many needs of GM buyers around the world.

And the car is going ahead despite the recent chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings in the USA.

It is set for Australia, probably towards the middle of next year, although no-one at GM Holden is prepared to comment on the car. Or the name.

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  • I miss the Opel Corsa as much as the next person for a Barina.One only has to read about such cars in a British Car Magazine or find one in the rental car section on the Travel Brochures on Britain and Ireland. You can have a Japanese Origin but Thai Built 1.8 Litre Nissan Tiida Hatchback with ABS/Cruise Control/4 Airbags and more features for similar money or consider the new Volkswagen Polo.I know it is only a 3 door with a 1.4 in their latest model but for those of us looking to upgrade our XC series Barinas but won’t go Asian that along with the Ford Fiesta is the way to go.

    franz chong of adelaide Posted on 26 May 2010 10:58pm
  • my wife and i have just purchased the 2010 5speed manual sedan and expected the stylish, sporty beast to live up to it’s expectations as a zippy car, however, after driving it comfortably around town we came to fair uphill grade at Buledelah, nsw, and the barina almost caused an accident due to lack of torque to climb this range. We had to drop from 3rd gear to 2nd gear and almost 1st gear just to get up this grade.
    We reported this to the dealer and Holden about the lack of power it had and inform them of experience. The manager of the dealership told us after the mechanic took it for a drive(and who agreed that it had no balls)that it takes the 1600 motor 15,000kms to run in and that this model was just a suburban shopping trolley. If this is the case, then they should advertise the new Barina as such. Now we are stuck with a gutless car and nearly 24,000 dollars in debt for a car that has to be driven on a flat surface for 15,000ks before we can travel anywhere…what crap. What is holden going to do about this?
    Is their anybody out there who has witnessed the same problem.? If so, please contact me.

    mark torrington of ipswich, qld Posted on 19 February 2010 5:06pm
  • Top little car at $13,990. Just purchased one for the wife…Black in colour 3 door no extra for the metallic paint. Don’t think you could beat it at this price. She’s very happy!

    Peter of Gold Coast Queensland Australia Posted on 09 August 2009 6:03pm
  • This is just another Daewoo. lame. What happened to quality Opels? Has anyone seen the new Opel Corsa? Way better than this.

    MC of xilont Posted on 24 June 2009 10:04pm
  • The sooner Holden stops selling the last of the ‘old’ Daewoos the better. This car should be on sale tomorrow.

    Greg Posted on 21 June 2009 10:36pm
  • About time that Holden is doing something about their range of daewoos in the range. Still hope Barina comes to australia,along with next-gen Astra. Just by looking at the spy pictures, it looks interesting & should be a blast form the past. Engine should be interesting. At least a 5-speed auto is in order & better economy. Sedan/Wagon should also go well. Currently Barina sells around 800-900 mark, proving even re-badging a previous daewoo 2a Holden sells. Imagine what will happen when this is released. Go Holden!

    BP 93 Posted on 19 June 2009 7:59pm
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