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Chery A1
Chery Kimo.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Chery
Also called dr2[1]
Chery A113
Chery Arauca
Chery Ego
Chery Kimo
Chery J1
Chery Face
Chery Fresh
Chery S12
Speranza A113
Production 2007–present
Assembly Wuhu, Anhui, China
Macchia d'Isernia, Italy[2]
Cairo, Egypt (Speranza)[3][4]
Aragua, Venezuela[5]
Barra de Carrasco, Uruguay[6]
Designer Bertone
Body and chassis
Class Supermini
Body style 5-door hatchback
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Powertrain
Engine 1.1 L I4 (petrol)
1.3 L I4 (petrol)
Transmission 5-speed manual
5-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,390 mm (94.1 in)
Length 3,700 mm (145.7 in)
Width 1,580 mm (62.2 in)
Height 1,527 mm (60.1 in)
Curb weight 1,040 kg (2,293 lb)

The Chery A1 is a supermini car manufactured by the Chinese automaker Chery Automobile since 2007.

Engines and equippment[edit]

Engines[edit]

The A1 is available with a 1.3-litre ACTECO SQR473F engine,[7] that has double overhead camshafts and 4 valves per cylinder, giving a peak power output 61 kW (82 hp) and peak torque of 114 N·m (84 lb·ft).[8]

Trim levels[edit]

There are three trim levels available Standard, Comfortable and Luxury. Both Comfortable and Luxury include air conditioning, alloy wheels, ABS, EBD, CD/MP3 player, electric windows, power steering, trip computer, rear reverse radar and central locking. The Luxury model includes front three-point seat belts with emergency locking retractor (ELR).[8]

Marketing[edit]

Europe[edit]

In Italy, it is assembled by the DR Motor Company from semi-knocked down kits and marketed under its own brand, as the dr2. It was introduced at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show, as the third model marketed by the Italian company.[9] It is available with 15-inch alloy rims and Euro V-compliant engine, and can be fitted with leather upholstery and an LPG kit.[10]

In Europe, it is also marketed in Russia,[11] Ukraine,[12] Serbia,[13] Macedonia[14] and Turkey.[15]

Australia[edit]

In Australia, sales commenced in 2011 (in all states except Victoria), under the name of J1 (as Audi sells the A1 model there). The initial release price was $11,990 AUD; however, a $1,000 cashback offer was made available. This made it one of the cheapest new cars available in Australia, along with the Proton S16, Suzuki Alto and Geely MK (sold in Western Australia only).[8][16]

It was equipped with more features for the Australian market, including 14-inch alloy wheels, front fog lamps, two front airbags, a six-speaker CD player, air-conditioning, electric windows and side mirrors and a rear windscreen wiper along with a strengthened body and grill. Optional features were floor mats, reversing sensors, Bluetooth connectivity and headlight covers.[16]

Safety features such as ABS and EBD were also included; however, electronic stability control was unavailable. Because of this, the vehicle was never sold in the state of Victoria, which requires all new vehicles sold after 1 January 2011 to come with ESC. This requirement became Australia-wide as from the 1st of November, 2013, effectively banning the car along with some others.[17] Also. it does not have side airbags. With these shortfalls, the Chery J1 scored a three star result in Australian ANCAP tests, making it one of the equal least-safe vehicles sold in the country. Indeed, ANCAP states that it "does not recommend purchasing vehicles with less than 4 stars".[16][18] A defect in the seat frame necessitated a safety recall in August 2011.[19]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Modelli". DR Motor Company. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  2. ^ "Viaggio a Noto, nel cuore della Sicilia". RAI Community. Retrieved 2010-05-04. 
  3. ^ "Current Speranza Models". Speranza Egypt. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  4. ^ "Chery enters Egypt as homemade representative". Chery International. 2011-01-31. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  5. ^ "5000 vehículos chinos Chery se producirán este año en Venezuela" (in Spanish). AUTOmotriz.net. 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  6. ^ "Chery lanza en Argentina el pequeño Face" (in Spanish). Autoclase. 2010-06-08. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  7. ^ "ACTECO SQR473F Introduction – Specifications & Diagram (Chery Auto)". Auto-chinese.com. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  8. ^ a b c auto-chinese.com review of Cherry A1, Retrieved 24-02-2011.
  9. ^ "La "prima" della DR al Salone di Ginevra" (in Italian). DR Motor. 3 March 2009. 
  10. ^ "Modelli" (in Italian). Dr Motor Company. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Городской автомобиль Chery Kimo (S12)". Chery Russia. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "Сhery Kimo (Чери Кимо) (Чери Kimo)". Chery Ukraine. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Chery Ego". Chery Serbia. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "Chery Ego". Chery Macedonia. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Kimo". Chery Turkey. Retrieved 5 August 2013. 
  16. ^ a b c Curry, Iain (4 March 2011). "Chery light hatch touches down". The Queensland Times. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  17. ^ Matt Campbell (2013-11-01). "Safety laws push $9990 Chery J1 and other Chinese cars out of the market". Fairfax Media. Retrieved 2014-01-17. 
  18. ^ "Crash Test Results. Chery J1". ANCAP. Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  19. ^ CarAdvice.com.au (2011-08-03). "2011 Chery J1 recalled in Australia". Car Advice. Retrieved 2012-01-15. 

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