Barina leads charge
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.