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Subtle improvements on new CDX range topper and revamped auto for Holden Barina

30 Nov 2012

THE light-car class is a fiercely evolving, cut-throat segment fought out between scores of toddlers scratching for top-spot supremacy.

But while the Barina has sold reasonably well since the sixth-gen version materialised in September last year, Holden has been annoyed that critics haven’t exactly taken the Korean B-segment hatch and sedan to their collective bosom. Enter, then, the evolved MY13 edition …

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Model release date: 1 November 2012 to 1 November 2016

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TM Barina

Released: November 2011
Ended: continued
Family Tree: Barina

A HUGE STEP forward over the old Daewoo Kalos-based TK Barina, the TM series was based on Opel’s Gamma II architecture that underpins (among other models) the Corsa.

Just one model specification was introduced in 2011, powered by a 1.6-litre twin-cam 16-valve variable valve four-cylinder petrol unit producing 85kW of power at 6000rpm and 155Nm of torque at 4000rpm.

The front wheels were driven via a (rubbery) five-speed manual or (better) six-speed automatic. Cabin room, safety and equipment levels all earned bonus points, but the TM’s harsh engine, firm ride and uninvolving dynamics made the Barina a mid-pack player at best.

Get the full story: Holden’s new Barina is a step forward over the outgoing model, but still disappoints

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