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Holden Barina axed in Australia

CarAdvice.com.au logo CarAdvice.com.au 14/09/2018 James Wong

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The Holden Barina will soon be dropped from the Australian line-up, the company has confirmed this week.Speaking with CarAdvice, a Holden spokesperson said the Barina "will not continue as part of Holden line-up"."Our Barina customers will continue to have the highest quality service from our Holden dealers," she added.

The decision marks the end of a nameplate that has been around for over 30 years and six generations.In its current form, the Barina is a rebadged version of the Chevrolet Soniq offered by General Motors in numerous overseas markets.The facelifted version (top) went on sale locally at the end of 2016, bringing a revised exterior, an updated MyLink infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and LED daytime-running lights.

While not a sales leader, the Barina was still shifting a decent amount of units ahead of its demise. For the month of August it managed 229 registrations (-19.9 per cent for the month), while its year-to-date figure stands at 2329 units as of August 31 (+6.2 per cent).Holden also dropped the smaller Spark in April, leaving the Trax crossover and Astra small car as its entry-level offerings, starting at $20,490 and $23,990 before on-road costs respectively.

It appears the company is shifting focus to its expanding SUV line-up – given recent market trends – which will be bolstered by the addition of the seven-seat Acadia later this year.Thanks to Byron for the tip!

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