Nine of the top selling small vehicles in Australia were put to the test to encourage consumers to consider repair costs when looking for a new car due to the impact it can have on their insurance premium. The Holden Barina was heralded the best performer by a significant lead with a repair cost for a front and rear collision 14.3 per cent of its new purchase price*. Barina outperformed its competitors with the second place vehicle costing 35.6 per cent of its new purchase price while the worst performer cost over 70 per cent of its new purchase price to repair.
Robert McDonald, Head of Research NRMA Insurance said the low speed crash test program was designed to urge car manufacturers to make improvements to bumper bar design to help keep the cost of collision repairs affordable.
“Because of its effective bumper design, Barina did not suffer structural damage and the damage was isolated to the bumper components,” Mr McDonald said. “It is possible to have effective bumpers on small cars that protect the more expensive parts like headlights and the radiator.”
With a long list of safety features, the all-new Barina hatch and sedan have also been awarded a maximum five-star safety rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).
Steve Curtis, GM Holden Manager Vehicle Structure & Safety Integration, said the NRMA Insurance result proved that safety and affordability didn’t have to be mutually exclusive.
“These results reflect the commitment Holden has made to make the Barina not only one of the most affordable small cars on the road but also one of the safest.” Curtis said.
Holden New Zealand Managing Director, Jeff Murray said these results reflect the hard work Holden is investing in their cars and the value placed on safety.
“Safety for our customers is a top priority and it’s very rewarding to see our efforts have been acknowledged with the Barina recognised by NRMA Insurance’, Mr Murray said.
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