Ba­rina leads charge

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A BABY born out of Fish­er­mans Bend is about to take the small-car lead at Gen­eral Motors around the world.

The all-new Ba­rina was de­signed by Aus­tralia’s On­drej Korom­haz and his Aveo RS con­cept car re­vealed at this week’s Detroit Mo­tor Show was built in the ad­vanced stu­dio at Holden De­sign in Mel­bourne.

The RS is the all-new Ba­rina apart from a few go­faster de­tails and is ex­pected in lo­cal show­rooms some­time af­ter the mid­dle in 2011, lit­tle later than the Ba­rina Spark which will be­come the com­pany’s Aus­tralian price leader and is also in Detroit.

The new Ba­rina — as seen through the Aveo RS — is a lit­tle big­ger, a lot more re­fined, and comes with the prom­ise of a sporty edge.

But don’t go looking for the deep front spoiler, 20-inch al­loy wheels, or mid-mounted ex­haust in a Holden show­room.

‘‘It’s ab­so­lute dy­na­mite,’’ said GM Holden chair­man Alan Batey in Detroit.

‘‘I think it’s true to say that with that com­bi­na­tion (Ba­rina and Spark) we’re go­ing to in­crease mar­ket share. And num­bers.’’

Korom­haz said they wanted to show GM could be sig­nif­i­cantly dif­fer­ent with its small cars.

‘‘But we didn’t want to have some­thing com­pletely ou­tra­geous and have peo­ple dis­ap­pointed when they saw the pro­duc­tion car,’’ he said.

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