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French-built Tigra coupe-convertible carries Euro can to make the Lion pride proud

11 Nov 2005

HOLDEN is beginning to loom large in the small car market. Not only are we seeing the Astra-size, Korean-built Viva as an augmentation of its $20,000 or so contingent, and the arrival of a Daewoo-based Barina, but also the new Tigra hardtop convertible that sells below the successful Astra soft-top. The Tigra is based on the outgoing Barina and competes with the likes of Peugeot’s 206CC for a slice of the cute, compact personal car segment. Here, where appearance is virtually everything, the little Holden scores with a perky style that looks balanced roof up, or roof down – a process that takes just 18 seconds. The two-seat Tigra drives well too, fast enough with its 1.8-litre engine and nifty enough in terms of handling. The interior is spacious for two, and the Tigra scores well for practicality, with plenty of storage space in a surprising boot and a briefcase-size pocket behind the seats. For cheeky charm, it’s not a bad deal for $35,000. It’s surprising there’s no auto though.

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