Barina Good But Could Be Better
Australia’s peak motoring body, the Australian Automobile Association, has called on manufacturers to continue to upgrade safety features after the Holden Barina regained its 4-star safety rating under the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).
AAA’s Technical Services Director, Craig Newland, said while the pre-2005 Barina achieved a 4-star ANCAP safety rating, the replacement Barina model introduced into the Australian market in 2005 earned only a 2-star ANCAP rating.
Mr Newland said the 4-star safety rating for the 2008 Barina was welcome for motorists but in reality returned the Holden small car to a safety rating it had achieved several years ago.
“It is pleasing that the safety performance of the 2008 Barina has been improved, but it has really only regained lost ground,” he said.
“It is now up to the manufacturer to further improve the safety of this vehicle and go beyond the safety levels of the old models.”
“We are now seeing far more 4 and 5-star safety rated vehicles on the Australian market and we urge Australian vehicle manufacturers and importers to aspire to achieve these high levels of safety for motorists.”