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Holden hit the mark centre-on with its Opel designed and built XC Barina range

9 May 2001

IT might appear to be Barina of old, but look beyond the timid styling and an exceptional small car emerges. In terms of engine performance, ride and handling, and refinement, this is a car worth considering over most of its budget rivals. Forget the lack of electric windows some notable lapses in passive safety equipment are really the only concerns in an otherwise outstanding package which features anti-whiplash front headrests, a useful multi-function display and an excellent stereo with steering wheel-mounted controls.

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Model release date: 1 February 2001 to 1 December 2003

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Barina City

Released: April 1994
Family Tree: Barina

The current three-door Barina, on sale from April 2001, replaces the SB, which replaced the Suzuki Swift-based MH model in April 1994. The Opel Corsa-based SB debuted with a fuel-injected 33kW 1.2-litre four, before power was increased to 44kW in 1996. Multi-point fuel-injection wrought 60kW for Barina in August 1997, and it ran unchanged until its discontinuation in February 2001.

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