Holden's street-smart city car, the Barina Spark complements the Holden Barina hatch and sedan range.
The five-door hatch delivers an attractive combination of sharp sports styling and edgy cabin design, backed by best-in-class safety features.
The 1.2 litre Barina Spark is the smallest model in the Holden portfolio and competes in the fast-growing light car segmet.
Spark is a General Motors global design inspired by the Chevrolet Beat concept vehicle that was singled out by a majority of 1.9 million internet voters as the car they most wanted to see produced from a trio of showcars at the 2007 New York Auto Show.
Holden gives buyers the choice of two striking five-door models, the Barina Spark CD in auto and manual transmisisons. They come equipped with sports body kit, alloy wheels, fog lamps and tailgate spoiler as standard, along with such high-level safety features such as Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and six-airbag occupant protection.
Both are powered by a lively 1.2 litre four-cylinder petrol engine - fuel economy (ADR81/02) for the manual is a frugal 5.2 litres per 100 kilometres. It also achieves a 4.5-star rating in the Federal Government's Green Vehicle Guide with CO2 emissions calculated at 125 grams per kilometre.
Fuel economy (ADR81/02) for the automatic is 5.8 litres per 100 kilometres.
Clever design cues give Barina Spark the look of a sporty three-door while it delivers five-door functionality.
The 2013 Barina Spark range gains exterior and interior design updates including new look front grille, side skirts, headlamps, tail lamps, 14 inch alloy wheels and body colour rear spoiler with integrated LED stop lamp.
The Barina Spark also features Cocktail Green interior trim and accents on vehicles with either Carbon Flash Black or Cocktail Green exterior colours.
Barina Spark CD boasts a high level of standard safety features.
It delivers the active safety benefits of Electronic Stability Control (ESC), incorporating an anti-lock braking system, brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution and traction control. Occupants are protected by a total of six airbags – dual front, front side impact and full length curtain airbags.
Body Frame Integral (BFI) design, extensive use of high-strength steel (60 per cent) in key areas such as engine compartment rails, engine cradle and safety cage deliver robust structural integrity.
Refinement and Chassis Dynamics
Barina Spark's BFI structural benefits flow into a range of acoustic refinements which reduce noise and vibration and contribute to a real sense of solidity and stability.
An expertly tuned suspension system (MacPherson strut front, torsion beam rear), combines with responsive hydraulic rack-and-pinion power steering to deliver well-mannered and predictable ride and handling characteristics.
The many electronic capabilities of ESC make for precise, controlled braking performance, backed by exceptional traction and stability.