HOLDEN BARINA 2011 – 2018

Holden Barina is a small car that has been around in Australia in one form or another since 1985. Interestingly its name is a local Aussie one, being aboriginal for Summit. A virtually all-new Barina was introduced in October 2011. We are covering it in this week’s Used Car Checkout because it’s much more sophisticated than the previous ones. It has electronically stability program, as well as infotainment technology that included GM’s MyLink system. A mild update in November 2016 saw changes to the exterior and interior. Interestingly, the exterior… Read more

HOLDEN CAPTIVA 2006 – 2018

Holden Captiva is a medium sized SUV, buyers tell us they chose it because of its good interior space after comparison with competitors such as Ford Territory and Toyota Kluger. Sales were high from the time it went on sale in 2006 so there are plenty of Captivas to choose from in the used-car scene. Take advantage of this to find one in that suits your needs and budget. Though the Captiva is imported from the General Motors Daewoo factory in South Korea it has extensive Australian input in its… Read more

HOLDEN / OPEL ASTRA 2004 – 2019

The Astra was built by Opel in Europe but rebadged as a Holden. It was sold as the Astra AH from November 2004 until 2009. Interestingly Holden chose to sell the low-cost models of the superseded TS series when the AH series was introduced. These had the title of Astra Classic. In March 2007 it got a facelift and improved engine performance. The Astra AH models discontinued in 2010 to be replaced by cheaper Korean cars. Many Australian drivers didn’t like the dynamics of the Korean models so the Astra… Read more