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March 8, 2011updated 08 Apr 2021 8:12am

CHINA: Chery brand launched Down Under

China's Chery Motors has launched in right hand drive Australia through the same importer - Ateco - as pickup and SUV maker Great Wall.

China’s Chery Motors has launched in right hand drive Australia through the same importer – Ateco – as pickup and SUV maker Great Wall.

Chery has launched the J1 small hatchback and J11 compact SUV through its 45 national dealers, according to Gasgoo.com.

The J1 is priced from A$11,990 ‘drive away’, making it the joint cheapest car available in Australia today alongside the Proton S16 and Geely MK, which is available only in the state of Western Australia.

Neither the J1 nor J11 are offered with electronic stability control as standard or as an option, meaning they won’t be sold in Victoria with its tougher motor vehicle safety rules.

The Cherys will be sold in every other state, however.

The 1.3-litre, 62kW 1.3-litre J1 five-door hatchback has dual airbags, ABS, EBD, MP3 player, air conditioning and power steering as standard for Australia.

The J11 SUV is also well equipped and includes leather seats and alloy wheels. It has a 102kW two-litre I4 petrol engine.

“Chery is the largest and most diverse independent vehicle manufacturer in China,” said Ric Hull, managing director of Ateco Automotive, in a statement.

“Chery is known for its focus on constant innovation and drive towards better quality, well appointed cars at an affordable price.”

A three-year, 100,000km warranty includes 24/7 roadside assistance.

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