Chery built its first prototype in 1999. This year it is on track to produce 393,000 cars and by 2017 it aims to manufacture 1 million units a year. The Chinese brand is counting on Italian design and Western engineering to help it reach its future production goals. Here are details of the Chinese brands quickly expanding model portfolio.
Chery grows up fast
Chery introduced the QQ6 minicar (shown) at the Guangzhou auto show in late 2006. The QQ6 is the sedan version of the brands QQ hatchback. To avoid confusion, the hatchback is now called the QQ3. Sales of the car started in spring in China.
To expand its presence in the minicar sector, Chery will launch the QQ5, which is the production version of the S16 concept (shown). The S16 was unveiled in April 2005 at the Shanghai auto show. Turin-based Enrico Fumia designed the S16, which shares its platform with the Chery QQ3. The QQ5 will be a more upscale model than the QQ3. Production of the QQ5 starts in 2008.
Called the A1 in China and the Kimo in Russia, Cherys first entry in the small-car segment debuted in April at the Shanghai auto show. Production started in spring. Bertone of Italy designed the A1 (shown). At 3700mm long, 1579mm wide and 1527mm tall, the A1 is about the size of the Toyota Yaris. In China, it is offered with the carmakers 83hp, four-cylinder, 1.3-liter gasoline engine. Chrysler will get a version of the A1, which the US automaker will sell in Latin America.
Pininfarina engineered the platform that will underpin Cherys forthcoming lineup of lower-medium models. The Italian company also designed the A3 sedan (shown) and A3 Sport hatchback, two of four cars planned for the platform. Production of the sedan and hatchback is set to start in 2008. The A3 Sport is 4282mm long, 1792mm wide and 1467mm tall.
The third or four body variants off the A3 platform is this Pininfarina-designed coupe-cabriolet. Heuliez of France will supply the cars retractable hardtop. Production of the car is expected to start in 2010.
The fourth body variant from the A3 platform is the 4140mm long Shooting Sport, a concept car created by Torino Design of Italy. The car debuted at the Shanghai auto show in April. Chery will aim the car at young, affluent women in Chinas metropolitan areas. It wants to win sales from the Mini. Production is due to start in 2010 at the earliest.
Chery unveiled the Bertone-designed A6 upper-medium sedan in late August at the Moscow auto show. Bertone also engineered the VW Passat-sized cars platform. The A6 will go on sale in China by the end of next year.