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Holden Barina
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Holden entered the supermini stakes in 1983, at a time when it looked like the traditional large car was dead. Therefore, General Motors–Holden’s Pty. Ltd. began looking around the company’s various outposts to see what was available. Suzuki, cooperating with GM on several products, supplied the original Holden Barina: a rebadged Suzuki Cultus. In the 1990s, GM decided to look within its own empire, sourcing the Opel Corsa B from Spain for Australia and New Zealand and rebadging it. Citing cost issues, the fifth-generation Barina was a rebadged Daewoo Kalos (a car that was deleted from the Australian market some years before as a flop), with the Gentra sedan sold in Australia under the nameplate as well. Critics pointed out the Kalos scored two stars in safety tests versus the Opel Corsa C’s four. In 2010, an extra model line was marketed as the Barina: the smaller Daewoo Matiz became the Holden Barina Spark, a sub-line sitting below the Gentra-based models (and was later succeeded by the Holden Spark). The seventh-generation Barina continued to be sourced from the former Daewoo in Korea, and was axed from the Holden line-up in 2018.

Marque: Holden | Successor: Holden Spark


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