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Chrysler starts to sell Chery A1 in Mexico

I thought Chrysler broke up their tie-up deal with Chery. I guess not.

Shanghai. December 18 ( -Chrysler will start to sell its first batch of Dodge A1 sedan, the re-badged Chery A1 mini car, in Mexico very soon. This is the first successful move since the cooperation between the Chrysler and Chery, Xinhua News Agency reported today.
"Chery A1 cars, built at the company's Wuhu plant, will start to be sold as Dodge brand vehicles in Mexico as scheduled," a Chery official told reporters recently, but he declined to comment on sales target or distribution channels for the model.
Chery A1 is an updated subcompact model of Chery QQ with a 1.3-litre petrol engine designed to run at a top speed of 156 km/h. The new car, aimed at younger customers, is currently sold from 40,000 to 65,000 yuan (5,000 to 8,125 U.S. dollars) in Chinese market.
The move marks the cooperation between Chrysler and Chery has begun to bear fruit, said the official. Industry analysts say this heralds Chery’s entry into the North America market.
At the beginning of this year German magazine Auto Motor und Sport quoted former DaimlerChrysler president CEO Zetsche's words as saying that "in a first step we are focusing on an existing Chery product only for Canada and Mexico, and in a second step we want to bring out a car defined by Chrysler."
Does the Chery A1 come with the DVD movie player itself, or that need to be bought and installed, I can see the difference on the 5th and 6th pics, one is CD player and one is DVD player.
The DVD player is factory installed. There are 2 models of the A1 (actually 3)...the "basic" model (without DVD player) is about 54,000rmb and WITH the DVD player......about 58,000rmb. The THIRD model is the A1EC......this is the A1 with MUCH better emissions controls - it matches up to euro 5 specs now. This was necessary for Chery/Dodge's world plans for the car AND the fact that up until now the A1 could not be sold in Beijing because it didn't qualify for Beijing's tougher pollution laws (minimum euro 3 specs for any car sold in Beijing now). I don't know about the price of the A1EC, though - if Chery is smart it won't cost any extra for the EC model AND to make it cost effective I could see them making the EC model the "standard" model for ALL of China. It could also be a good marketing move - Chery could promote themselves as "responsible" with a car like the A1 with it's euro 5 specs......helping the environment, less pollution, etc. Let's see if Chery IS smart about this.
Nice car, test drove it....with the price and the extras they throw in, a real value for money....looks good too....keep it up.
That's the car Chery and Dodge manufactered together.
I just found this Chery A1 review by Singaporean magazine

17 Mar 2008

We have reason to believe that Chery aims to flood the global market with (ed. plagiarized) subcompacts. First the QQ, the current A1, soon the upcoming QQ2 and QQ5 in China. Everyone was up in arms over the QQ's copyright controversy as well as safety ratings of the vehicle.

The A1, however appears to sport a different set of promises and dynamics. It looks better and it’s engine is larger in capacity.

However, when news surfaced that Chery had brought in another city car that would “revolutionize the way China cars were seen,” the first thing that came to our minds was that they had decided to buy a Korean hatchback and simply rebadge it. Default jokes on plagiarism and crash tests ensued.

At first glance…

While the editors at SGcarmart didn’t have to read ‘who moved my cheese’ in order to realize that China cars have come a long way since the fateful QQ, all we did was glance at the A1’s front, and soon after we started trudging slowly towards it.

According to the kind people from Chery, the A1 was designed by Italian styling company Gruppo Bertone. Streamlined headlights, curved color bumper and standard fog lamp made us scratch our heads in confusion. This sudden departure from the conventional, oddball, or should we even say, plagiarized Chinese design seems a little daunting. Not to say that this car was entirely original - the sides and rear end seemed hauntingly familiar to a Fiat Idea, with C-pillars that mimic a Hyundai Getz.

The “sit-inside test”

Many Chinese car-seat manufacturers seem to suffer from color blindness, judging from the tonal balance of the grey and creamy-white fabric seats. Our bulky frames quickly rejected the front seats. They were indeed, uncomfortable to start with, but surprisingly, it was nothing that we couldn’t get used to after a while.

The A1’s control surfaces are well within reach, with a well placed array of controls including the default air-conditioning, dual cup holders, hazard light and built in CD player. A USB port allows for the plugging in of external MP3 players – enough for the semi-pampered Singaporean in us.

The strategically located gear-knob, unfortunately, looks more phallic than ever, possibly due to it’s designer’s secret stash of FHM magazines.

The rear seats were easy to fold down, although back seat space isn’t something to shout about with a vehicle 1578mm wide. Accusations of the A1’s rear headroom, and possibly shoulder room being more spacious than a Jetta, as mentioned on another online motoring website, proved to be exceedingly unfounded.

The steering wheel felt solid to hold, unlike previous mainland made vehicles. This time, we didn’t have to grimace at the thought of handling such brittle equipment for hours on end. We wrapped our fat, hairy palms around it, caressing and rubbing the sturdy plastic (ed. sounds suggestive we know), which ironically, was well fitted and unlike what we were used to, giving us that feeling of security.

We might even say that one could identify this model with the original Hyundai Atos, the car that propelled the Korean marquee to prominence as a maker of reliable city cars.

Sadly though, all positive adjectives on originality disappeared when our eyes fell on the instrument cluster. A sharp eyed Toyota aficionado will spot the exact design used in the IMV Hilux.

Oh well, we can’t expect a 100% set-apart from other vehicles in the market just yet.

The bright blue readings illuminate the dim console when you turn the lights on, giving the meters a pseudo “Optitron” look. A trip meter that indicates both instantaneous consumption and fuel mileage were clearly displayed on the moon-like spot smack in the middle of the speedometer.

The “performance test”

The time had come to put Chery’s Acteco engine to the sword. This 1.3 DOHC engine was designed and put together locally with a little help from Austrian engine specialists AVL List GMBH.

Or so it seems.

The open, winding roads of Seletar gave us an opportunity to witness the might of this “engineering marvel”. We shifted into first gear and floored the slightly stiff accelerator.

Then, there was a sudden rush of acceleration!

Actually, No. Sadly, the opposite happened. The A1 picked up like a hamster on diarrhoea, crawling along the slippery asphalt on a rainy day. The rate of pickup improved slightly in second through fourth, where a barely decent amount of acceleration kicked in. Our photographer clicked his stopwatch to reveal a century dash of……15.5 seconds on a near empty tank of petrol.

A 82bhp, 4-cylinder, 16 valve 1.3 DOHC engine should not crawl this slowly through city roads. Drivers behind would turn red when the traffic lights go green! Obviously, Chery hasn’t mastered how to use variable valve technology to squeeze the most out of this engine’s combustion process.

Adding to the list of to-dos for Chery would be adjusting the suspension settings. The fairly rough roads of Seletar camp gave us a taste of what an “un-tuned” set of shocks would feel like, with numerous puddles and potholes. We bounced up and down like cowboys in a Rodeo

Tight corners bring about the visual of the “Leaning Tower of Pisa.” The Chery’s high center of gravity showed us why taking corners is a challenge in itself. The engine, also looses it’s push through huge puddles, which means you are better off letting your Chery hibernate during the monsoon season if you are afraid of getting stuck in water. The skinny tires skidded badly on damp roads, and thankfully, the ABS & EBD wasn’t called into serious action, thanks to our well trained, lightning fast reflexes.

The silver lining in this bunch of clouds would be the air-conditioning, which threatened to freeze us to death in the pouring rain. Switching the botchy-feeling gear lever into reverse, we noticed a digital reverse sensor in the rear view mirror of our subcompact. It displays the distance between the rear end of the A1 and other stationery objects – a godsend to old ladies, bimbos and incompetent drivers in general.


The A1 proves to us that the days of poorly made China cars are almost over for Chery, well, hopefully. It is a triumph of acceptable workmanship and semi-ergonomically inclined efforts with the uninformed driver in mind.

While we can’t deny that for S$44,999 (correct as of 14th March 2008) you get more than you might bargain for a point A-B vehicle, the A1, still is up some against very stiff competition, especially the 1.4 Hyundai Getz, which retails at S$49698.

Although pricier by over 4 grand, the Hyundai’s engine churns out a very well tuned 97bhp and drives like a dream. In turn, it makes this Chery look the part of exceptionally poor value.

While we can’t deny that the A1’s styling is refreshing in the way of ice cold beer on a hot, humid day when it comes to Chinese cars, we also can’t deny that Chery has much to learn in order to improve their product lineup, especially in the area of refinement, aesthetics and safety.
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Wow, very informative real-world test drive. Even a comparo to the Hyundai Getz is included! Chery has some hard work to do still.
well as the US big guys go down, maybe some good talent fromthem will go to china
Is this model had been released already on the market? How much is this?
Chery brought A1 to Chile as Chery Face:

Chery is one of the auto manufacturers from China that has more presence in Chile. To complete its range of models launched in the face these days, a small minivan also called A1 in other markets.

The only engine that can carry is a 1.3 liters with 16 valves, family ACTECO with 83 hp. The transmission is five-speed manual. The equipment includes ABS + EBD, power steering, air conditioning, electric package, radio CD MP3 and USB input, parking sensor, etc.. The suggested retail price of 5,390,000 pesos (6,268 € at the current exchange rate).

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WOW! is a very good price for a car with these have a 7000000 chilean pesos (10770€-US$11660) but a price of...ehmmm...5390000 (6268€-US$8292) car...the Toyota Yaris and the Chevrolet Corsa have the counted days...:lol:

I know that the design is from Pininfarina...but...This chery, for's a copy of Hyundai Atos Prime (2002)...look

It's very similar (for me)
Anyone know if Chery A1 will be exported down under? I reckon it will put the wind up Korean manufacturers Hyundai and Kia if it does. :nod:
hazik said:
Chery didn't steal sales from GM daewoo. Chevy spark cost more than chery QQ and has less options like alloy wheels, tachometer, digital odometer, power windows/door locks, and many others. Chevy spark is ripping people off by giving less options and having higher price tag.
Yes they did. They didn't do the R&D ... they just copied most of the car. Anything that required real R&D ... they just ripped off. This means that they can make it cheaper. Just makes sense. So, yeah... they DID steal sales.
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