BA­RINA re­pairs are least costly

The Holden Ba­rina has topped an NRMA In­sur­ance crash-test pro­gram that looks at low-speed col­li­sion re­pair costs

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - Front Page -

NINE of the top-sell­ing small ve­hi­cles in Aus­tralia were put to the test to see which was the least ex­pen­sive to re­pair in a low-speed crash.

The aim of the ex­er­cise was to en­cour­age con­sumers to con­sider re­pair costs when look­ing for a new car due to the im­pact it can have on their in­sur­ance pre­mium.

Ba­rina was the best per­former by a sig­nif­i­cant mar­gin with a re­pair cost for a front and rear col­li­sion of $2574 or 14.3 per cent of its new pur­chase price.

Next-best Nis­san Micra cost 35.6 per cent of its new pur­chase price while the worst per­former – Toy­ota Yaris – cost more than 70 per cent of its new pur­chase price to re­pair.

Robert McDon­ald, head of re­search at NRMA In­sur­ance, said the low-speed crash-test pro­gram was de­signed to urge car man­u­fac­tur­ers to make im­prove­ments to bumper bar de­sign to help keep the cost of col­li­sion re­pairs af­ford­able.

“Be­cause of its ef­fec­tive bumper de­sign, Ba­rina did not suf­fer struc­tural dam­age and the dam­age was iso­lated to the bumper com­po­nents,” he said.

Ba­rina hatch and sedan also boast a five-star ANCAP crash rat­ing.

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