Chinese carmaker Chery Automotive is about to make its launch into the New Zealand vehicle market with its J11 SUV and J1 hatchback.
Chery is China’s largest independent vehicle manufacturer. It has five car assembly lines, two engine plants and one transmission plant that combined to produce over 680,000 cars in 2010. Chery is also a prolific exporter of vehicles from China, exporting over 40% of all vehicles sold out of China in 2010. Total exports of Chery vehicles now amount to almost 500,000 units with cars and components sold into 80 countries.
Now it’s NZ’s turn to receive Chery vehicles with the J11 SUV and J1 hatch leading the way.
The J11 is a 2.0-litre compact 2WD SUV available with either manual or automatic transmission. Its features include leather trimmed seats, air conditioning, power windows, MP3 compatible four speaker stereo, power mirrors, 16” alloy wheels and remote keyless entry.
The J11’s 2.0 litre engine produces 102Kw power and 182Nm of torque, while safety features include ABS, EBD, dual airbags and front seatbelt pre-tensioners.
Retail price for the J11 is $21,990 plus on road costs with the automatic transmission a $2000 option.
The Chery J1 is a 1.3 litre manual five door hatchback with a retail price of $12,990 plus on road costs. This J1 is set to be NZ’s cheapest car when it goes on sale.
Standard equipment on the Chery J1 includes power steering, air-conditioning, alloy wheels, power windows, MP3 compatible four speaker stereo, power mirrors and remote keyless entry. Safety features include dual airbags, ABS, EBD and front seatbelt pre-tensioners.
“Chery is the largest and most diverse independent vehicle manufacturer in China,” said Ric Hull, Managing Director of Ateco Automotive the importer and distributor of Chery in New Zealand. “Chery is known for its focus on constant innovation and drive towards better quality, well appointed cars at an affordable price.”
All Chery vehicles sold in New Zealand are covered by a three year 100,000km warranty which includes 24/7 roadside assistance. J1s and J11s will be on sale from Chery dealers around New Zealand from early April.