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Chery Awarded Two HUGE International Awards

Posted on 26 Jul 2022 under Chery News, Chery Tiggo 7 Pro, Chery Tiggo 8 Pro

Chery WINS Two Big 2022 International Car Awards

Chery WINS Two Big 2022 International Car Awards

We are very happy to announce that Chery has recently garnered not one, but two, major international awards. As an automotive brand, Chery always aims to provide our clientele with the best driving and car-owning experience possible, and while we don’t do it for the awards, some recognition is always nice. Here’s why our two most recent accolades did us especially proud.

Most Popular Chinese Car Brand in Peru

The TIGGO 7 PRO was awarded Most Popular Chinese Car Brand in Peru during the most recent Car of the Year content hosted by Nitro. The Tiggo 7 Pro is the newest addition to an already-impressive lineup of stylish, affordable, and reliable Chery cars. Using some of the latest technologies and through refined automotive engineering, the Tiggo 7 compact crossover SUV not only looks the part but also offers incredible value for money.

Its high-strength body adds to occupant safety thanks to a wide array of safety features that include:

  • an omnidirectional airbag system
  • 360-degree all-round view monitor
  • speed limit reminder
  • ABS
  • EBD
  • BAS
  • and more

These were all factors that put it out in front during the selection process and ultimately secured the win, which was celebrated during an award ceremony at Hotel Swissôtel Lima, with many professional journalists, KOLs, and auto experts in attendance.

SUV with the Best Advanced Technology in Saudi Arabia

The TIGGO 8 PRO, on the other hand, was named the SUV with the Best Advanced Technology in Saudi Arabia. Since its initial launch in Saudi Arabia in June 2021, the Tiggo 8 Pro has seen a whopping 560% increase in sales, which points to the clear recognition and favour Saudi SUV enthusiasts have developed for Chery and the brand-new PRO series in general.

The awards were hosted and judged by two well-established Saudi Arabian automotive media organisations, namely Saudi Auto and Sports Motor – both of which are highly regarded in this region. As such, their favour points to the fact that the Chery brand has now been accepted as a popular part of the local car landscape.

That’s the short and the long of it! Check back soon for more info and insights from the Group1 Chery team. In the meantime, feel free to get in touch with the teams at our branches in Stellenbosch or George. We will happily provide you with any information you need, and look forward to welcoming you to our dealerships to experience our new and pre-owned vehicles in person (and take a test drive, of course!).

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Budget And Compact Redefined: The Chery Tiggo 4 Pro

Posted on 13 Jul 2022 under Chery Tiggo 4 Pro

Chery Tiggo 4 Pro Review – The Budget, Compact SUV

Chery Tiggo 4 Pro Review – The Budget, Compact SUV

There are a couple of things that used to be that are no more. This is simply and effectively demonstrated by the Chery Tiggo 4 Pro.

We all know Chery’s rather underwhelming history when odd models were bought in by an independent dealer, and then the brand sort of faded away. That is over and Chery South Africa is a fully funded and supported professional operation run by the Chinese parent company, with showrooms, workshops and parts suppliers all over South Africa.

The second thing that is no more is that you get what you pay for when you buy a budget car. The Tiggo 4 Pro is a compact SUV, with the base model starting at a budget level of R274 900. So a poky little thing free of features and luxury touches, right? Plastic seats and wind-down windows in the back kind of thing? Nope.


A picture is worth a thousand words. So look at it. A good-looking car, right?


The Tiggo 4 Pro certainly stretches the concept of the compact SUV. At 4.318m long, 1.831m wide, with a ground clearance of 180mm and a 1939L boot it sits well on the outer limits of the CUV.


The Chery Tiggo 4 Pro comes in five trim levels, so the specs below will be model dependent. For example, you could get either 16” or 17” alloy wheels.

There is a power sunroof, roof rails, automatic headlights, follow-me-home headlight function, LED centre high mounted stop light and LED DRL, among other things.


Yet again model dependent, but look for cruise control, leather steering wheel, 3.5 or 7-inch TFT cluster, front 12V power, USB ports front and rear, aircon, leather seats, Bluetooth handsfree, Apple/Android and intelligent voice control.


The Tiggo 4 Pro is built on a six-dimensional beam platform, meaning over two-thirds of the frame is high-strength steel, giving you unrivalled crash protection.

Model depend, you also get front airbags, front side and curtain airbags, ISOFIX, ABS and EBD, emergency brake assist, electronic stability, traction control, roll stability, power steering, hill and downhill assist, rear parking guide with a camera, carlock and remote window close.

Engine and gearbox

The Tiggo 4 Pro comes with two engine options. There is a 1.5-L naturally aspirated petrol with 83kW and 138 Nm, and a 1.5-L turbo petrol with 108kW and 210 Nm. Both options come with a manual transmission or CVT.

That warranty

The Chery Tiggo 4 Pro gives you more peace of mind than any other similar model. Aside from the 5-year/60 000 service plan, the 5-year/unlimited km roadside assistance, and the 5-year/150 000km warranty, it also gives you an engine warranty of 1 000 000km/10-years. That’s right, no typo here. One million kilometres.

The proof of the pudding

On paper the Chery Tiggo 4 Pro offers a whole lot at a very good price! But you have to drive it to really get the full experience, so book a test drive today.

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Enormous Sales Underline The Excellence Of Chery Cars

Posted on 27 Jun 2022 under Chery News, Chery Tiggo 8 Pro

Chery Tiggo 8 Pro Shows Off

Chery Tiggo 8 Pro Is A Luxurious SUV and more

Let’s talk about Chery, the car brand. For years we in South Africa have seen Chery cars on the road, nice enough for what they were, but not many and not much to write home about, unless it was about a very affordable subcompact car. Then for around ten years or so, nothing. Chery as a brand was something that used to be here but then moved into the shadows.

So when suddenly at the end of last year the impressive Tiggo 4 Pro made a splash, followed by the stunning Tiggo 8 Pro early this year and the Tiggo 7 Pro shortly after, it was a surprise to most of us. Then came the news that, unlike before, Chery was here as Chery South Africa, a full-fledged subsidiary of the Chinese mother firm. It had 40/50 dealerships, it had professional Chery service centres, and it had full-scale parts set-up. The Tiggo 8 Pro even came with a world-beating 10-years/1 000 000km warranty.

Was this all real? Or was it like those old Western movies where the buildings had double-story fronts with balconies from where baddies fell off when shot from the front, but nothing except scaffolding at the back? Was Chery South Africa all smoke and mirrors and not much else?

Turns out Chery South Africa is real. It is a real brand with massive worldwide sales and its impressive cars are backed by one of the big players in the Chinese car market. China has the biggest car market in the world, overtaking the USA in 2010, albeit after the big crash of 08/09. But since then the Chinese market has continued to accelerate, selling 27m cars last year compared to the States’ 15m. The Chinese market is supported by their government, with subsidies for subcompact and electric cars, but the Chery Tiggo range is neither. These are full-sized SUVs that have to compete in China and the world with all the big players – Toyota, VW, Ford, BMW, and the like.

Let’s look at the Chery Tiggo 8 Pro. It is a seven-seater, full-featured SUV, pretty to look at, magnificent to drive and sold here at a world-beating price. And people are buying the Tiggo 8 Pro. In April this year, the 500 000th Tiggo 8 series car rolled off the production line, making it the fastest growing car in its segment.

So when you are looking for a new SUV, have a look at the international record-breaking Chery range. At least kick the tires and take it for a spin. After all, half a million buyers for one model can’t all be wrong.

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Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Is In The Big Leagues Now

Posted on 13 Jun 2022 under Chery Tiggo 7 Pro

Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Is In The Big Leagues Now

Why Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Is Good Value For Money

Following the tremendous success of the Tiggo 4 and the Tiggo 8, Chery Motors seems to have hit the spot with the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro. It’s not often you hear of car brands bouncing back the way Chery has and it’s nothing short of a revelation. The flagship Tiggo 8 Pro took everyone’s breath away and now, the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro is showing off its appeal with modern styling, loads of features and ample space at an unbelievable price.

Revival Of The Chery Brand In South Africa

It’s quite normal for the wider motoring community to be apprehensive about brands that haven’t performed all that well in the past. Citroen is one example as they pulled out of South Africa in 2016 only to make a tremendously successful comeback in 2019.

Proton follows a similar story as the company announced in 2015 that it would stop all vehicle sales in South Africa, stating that the market was deteriorating. However, in 2022, Proton is back in the driving seat with the Combined Motor Holdings (CMH) Group as the local distributor.

Chery is an even bigger success story in the making with the latest Tiggo family of cars looking the part in more ways than one. The company first arrived in South Africa in 2008, introducing the QQ3 and Tiggo 3. Since Chery was an unknown entity at the time, local buyers were apprehensive to spend money on a brand they didn’t know.

While styling may be objective and hardly a deciding factor, the biggest concerns were unproven mechanics and reliability. As such, Chery spent time and money gathering and analysing data, monitored buyer trends and identified the positives of launching in South Africa.

What The Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Offers Today

Looking at the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro, it’s a far cry from any Chery car of just 10 years ago. Today, this modern and stylish SUV can stand tall on any showroom floor, offering incredible value for money. If competitors are not concerned yet, they should be as the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro delivers on all fronts. There are also seven body colours to choose from.

While the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro looks similar to its bigger Tiggo 8 sibling, there are a few differentiating factors. Overall, the Tiggo 7 SUV looks more muscular and perhaps a little sportier from the front. It has smooth design lines and lovely finishes, inside and out. From 18-inch wheels and a roof-mounted spoiler to dual exhaust surrounds, heated and electrically foldable mirrors with integrated LED indicators, the Tiggo 7 SUV is in the big leagues now.

All the lights are LEDs and switch on automatically while it also has intelligent wide-angle fog lights and light-bar-type LED daytime running lights. Some of the most striking elements are the hexagonal grille with three-dimensional diamond-shaped brightwork and the elongated front lights which run from the grille to the start of the sharply creased shoulder line.

Inside The Chery Tiggo 7 Pro

What you get on the inside is as impressive as the exterior which resembles much of the same in other Tiggo models. The leather-like dash is uncluttered, featuring three digital screens with soft-touch surfaces that add a sense of elegance and luxury that would appeal to just about anyone.

The digital instrument cluster is another attractive feature with a large 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system complete with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A third touch screen for the climate control functions sits a little lower down on the console that offers surgical-level N95 air filtering. It also powers the cooling system of the cooled central cubbyhole.

Adding further impetus to the already stylish interior is the short gear-lever and gloss black. Drivers and passengers will love the amount of storage space throughout the cabin, especially in the front. Below the centre console, you will find a handy storage compartment with a wireless charging tray to keep things neat and tidy.

In terms of space, there is ample rear legroom with a sufficient luggage compartment offering storage of 475-litres which expands to 1500 litres when you fold down the seats. From sporting gear and camping accessories to beach toys and groceries, the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro SUV can do it all!

Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Engine Specs And Performance

The Chery Tiggo 7 Pro is available in two versions, the R409,900** Distinctive and the R444,900** Executive models. Both get a 1.5-litre turbo-petrol, four-cylinder engine producing 108kW and 210Nm of torque delivering enough power for most applications in urban centres or the open road.

The Tiggo 7 SUV also has a CVT transmission with nine pre-programmed “gears” which are smooth and well-suited to the Tiggo 7’s nature. As you’d expect from a slightly smaller engine, there is some turbo-lag when pulling away but out on the road, the Tiggo 7 is a pleasure to drive and eager to cruise. The good structural design and suspension also make it a comfortable ride over various road surfaces.

Today, many people are looking for an affordable, reliable and economical car and the Chery Tiggo 7 Pro delivers in spades. It has a respectable fuel economy of 6.8-litres/100km which is good for its size and low overall maintenance costs.

Is The Chery Tiggo 7 Pro Safe?

With occupant safety being a primary concern among automakers, all Chery Tiggo 7 Pro models come with a long list of safety and convenience features. For the price of a Chery Tiggo 7 Pro, you wouldn’t believe all the added extras which include the following:

  • ISOFIX child seat anchors
  • TPMS (Tyre Pressure Monitoring System)
  • ABS & EBD & BAS (Brake Assist System)
  • Emergency Brake Assistance
  • Hill Start Assist
  • Hill Descent Control
  • Rear Traffic Alert
  • Blind Spot Detection
  • Lane Departure Warning *
  • Front Collision Warning *
  • Automatic Emergency Braking *
  • 360-degree around-view monitor *

*Some features are model-dependent

The Chery Tiggo 7 Pro comes standard with a five-year/150 000 km warranty, a five-year/60 000 km service plan and a substantial engine warranty covering 10 years or one million kilometres. For more information on the fascinating Chery Tiggo 7 Pro SUV, contact your nearest Group1 Chery and book a test drive today!

**Pricing correct at time of publishing

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The Rapid Rise Of Chery Cars Around The World

Posted on 25 May 2022 under Chery OMODA 5, Chery Tiggo 4 Pro, Chery Tiggo 7 Pro, Chery Tiggo 8 Pro, General

Chery dealership

Chery cars have risen in popularity globally

The automotive world is forever changing with new vehicles from various manufacturers entering the market. Few have seen as much hype as Chery cars which seem to be enjoying some time in the limelight of late.

Chinese automakers are becoming increasingly popular around the world with the likes of Chery leading from the front. Over the last few years, the brand has made significant strides in improving the quality of vehicles and real innovation with battery technology for electric vehicles.

After a few successful years, Chery has become a mass-market, high-volume brand but how did it get there? Here is a quick look at the history behind the brand and how it grew into one of the leading budget car manufacturers.

Chery Cars Brand Overview

Chery Automobiles Co., Ltd. was founded in the eastern Chinese city of Wuhu, Anhui province, as a state-owned corporation in the mid-1990s. It was subsequently purchased by its present owner, Beijing Chery Auto Development (Group) Co., Ltd., which is headquartered in Jining City, Shandong Province.

Zhan Xialai, an aide to the mayor of Wuhu, and Zhou Biren, a manager at a government-owned building supplies firm, formed the company’s initial management team. They recognized that establishing a vehicle company may be a means to alleviate poverty in Anhui by generating income and therefore driving wider economic development.

Chery has a wide range of vehicles in their lineup which is marketed under several brand names including Karry, Rely, and Riich. The company also has a joint venture with Jaguar Land Rover to produce vehicles for the Chinese market.

When Was The First Chery Car Produced?

Manufacturing of the first Chery car started in 1999 with mass production commencing a year later in 2000. However, before producing any Chery cars, they had to procure and organise factories, tooling, a supply chain and other production equipment.

Biren flew to the UK in 1996 to buy engine manufacturing equipment that Ford had discarded. They also picked up tooling from Seat, Volkswagen’s Spanish subsidiary since the discontinuation of the Toledo. The construction of Chery’s factory started early in 1997 with the first Chery cars rolling off the production line at the end of 1999.

The first of many Chery cars was the Fengyun, which roughly translates to ‘wind cloud’. It was almost identical in design to the Toledo but it used various Ford, General Motors and Volkswagen components underneath. With revisions under the Amulet and Cowin names, Chery cars delivered a more distinct look. At this point, it seemed Chery was a car manufacturer through and through but the new company had forgotten about acquiring the relevant approvals and permits to sell its vehicles.

Since they lacked a government licence to manufacture cars, Chery was briefly under the SAIC Motor umbrella to receive its licence before becoming independent once more. In 2001 they could finally sell the Fengyun sedan which yielded a production of 28,000 for the year.

How Have Chery Cars Grown In Recent Years?

Chery continued to expand its range with low-cost models such as the Chery QQ. By 2007, Chery had grown into a local conglomerate with around 25,000 employees and vehicle sales exceeding 400,000 units. This included exports of 110,000 cars to emerging markets such as Russia, the Middle East and Latin America.

Chery’s sales were just 3,655 vehicles in 2003 but by 2009 they had risen to 467,000 vehicles. This made them the 26th largest automaker in the world and the fifth-largest in China. In 2010 they produced their millionth vehicle and by 2012 they were the 10th largest automaker in the world.

The company claims to have sold more than 960,000 vehicles during 2021 with almost 270,000 Chery cars exported to Brazil, Russia, Qatar, Saudia Arabia and Malaysia marking a 30% increase year-on-year. Chery only achieved this rapid growth by combining low-cost vehicles with a wide range of models along with expanding its international footprint.

The company has R&D offices across the world, including Germany, the United States, and Brazil, with a staff of 5500 people solely focused on R&D.

Chery Cars And Jaguar Land Rover

Today, Chery cars are sold in more than 80 countries and they’ve established several joint ventures in different markets including Malaysia, Iran, and Egypt. This includes established partnerships with several globally recognised brands such as Huawei and Alibaba.

However, the most notable is the 50:50 joint venture between Chery and Jaguar Land Rover. At a facility located in Changshu, they produce the Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Jaguar E-Pace, and extended-length variants of the Jaguar XE and XF known as the XEL and XFL for the domestic market.

What Happened To Chery In Australia?

Despite impressive results globally, Chery wanted to get into the Australian market which many people regard as the stepping stone into Europe and America. With stringent regulations, strong competition, an established sales channel and mature customer expectations, it’s easy to see why Chery launched in Australia in 2011. They believed this could be a proving ground for the brand and launched the J11 small SUV and the J1 light hatch, quickly followed up by a larger J3 hatchback.

Since Chery is known as a budget brand, they focused on price without any real emphasis on safety. As such, the J1 was known as being one of Australia’s cheapest cars for just $9,990 followed by the J3 and J11. While they undercut competitors by some margin, they paid the price for compromising on safety and quality with the J1 being discontinued. It did not meet regulations that mandated stability control while other models had poor ANCAP test ratings. In 2015, Chery cars left Australia after selling just over 4,600 units.

What Are The Latest Chery Cars?

The majority of Chery’s current model range is comprised of SUVs, including the Tiggo 3, 4, 5, 7 and 8 (in ascending order of size), as well as restyled more upmarket “Pro” versions. In certain countries, the brand also offers the Arrizo 6 sedan.

Chery says that under its ‘Lion’ plan, all recently introduced models have been launched, signifying the company’s devotion to “Intelligent Driving, Intelligent Cloud, Intelligent Production, Intelligent Digital Marketing and Intelligent Travel.”

Chery recently revealed a new ‘Omoda’ sub-brand which is essentially a representation of the next generation of Chery cars. If they plan on returning to Australia, chances are good the relaunch would likely be spearheaded by the new OMODA 5 medium SUV.

As for the South African market, the design, quality and feature lists on the available Chery cars are something to behold. While Chery is still more affordable than most brands, they are no longer solely focusing on price. Instead, Chery cars of today are of higher quality and with enhanced safety features across the board.

For more fascinating motoring content from around the world – read our blog and follow us on Facebook. In the meantime, take a look at the highly impressive Chery Tiggo 4 Pro, Tiggo 7 Pro or Tiggo 8 Pro.

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The Chery DHT – A Sexy New Hybrid

Posted on 12 May 2022 under Chery News, General

Chery DHT

The Chery DHT hybrid system

The hybrid engine was the first practical solution in the quest for greener cars. That was when batteries were as expensive as they were inefficient, making pure electric vehicles (EVs) impractical. Early hybrid cars were dull and slow and boring to drive, and manufacturers seemed to adapt their designs to these qualities.

Most hybrid cars had ICE engines that generated electricity to drive electric motors and charge a small to medium-sized battery. The big advantage was the regenerative braking that put power back into the battery, and the battery could boost power when needed. You could also travel short distances on battery power alone. Hybrid seemed a stopgap solution until battery electric vehicles caught up with pure ICE, an automotive dead end.

How wrong we were. It was not a dead-end, it was a launchpad.

Chery, who recently formally entered our market with the impressive Tiggo SUVs, has announced a hybrid drive called the DHT Hybrid system. The company describes it as three engines, three gears, nine modes and 11 speeds.

The first of the three engines is the current 1.5-litre turbo-petrol – 115 kW and 230 Nm – which has been converted into a dedicated hybrid version. Then you get two electric motors, one of 55 kW and 160 Nm and the other 70 kW and 155 Nm, and two electric motors of different power. Both motors have fixed-point oil injection cooling systems that allow the motors to run at lower operating temperatures while extending operating life. During development, these motors ran for 30 000 hours 5 million combined testing kilometres.

The three-gear transmission used the power of the three motors with a normal variable transmission to give an infinite range of gear combinations. The driver can use this according to the needs, for example, fuel consumption, high performance or maximum torque for towing.

The nine modes manage the motors and gears to deliver optimum power and efficiency. This could be a single electric motor only, both electrics together, direct drive from the ICE and a parallel drive that uses petrol and electricity together.

The eleven speeds combine all the above to cater for specific driving conditions such as slow traffic, long-distance travel, mountain driving, overtaking and limited traction, with a few more combinations in between.

All this will mean nothing if the hybrid is still rather an ugly, slow car. We know that the recently Tiggo models are really good looking cars. Chery’s DHT Hybrid shifts as well. The two-wheel-drive version will give you 240 kW, while the four-wheel-drive will give you 338 kW and take you from 0-100km/h in around 4 seconds.

While we wait to hear if and when the DHT is coming to South Africa, why not have a look at the very impressive Chery Tiggo 4 Pro, Tiggo 7 Pro or Tiggo 8 Pro now available here?

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Why The New Chery OMODA 5 Is Creating Major Buzz

Posted on 29 Apr 2022 under Chery News, Chery OMODA 5


Behold – the Chery OMODA 5

Chery has been getting quite a bit of airtime in the SUV segment recently, and with very good reason – the OMODA that is due to be released in China later in this quarter has been creating major buzz. Positioned above the Tiggo SUV range and the Arrizo sedan range, this crossover series is sporty, modern and future-forward to the core.

Here are five reasons why the OMODA 5 has been making waves ever since its launch became imminent across the pond:

1. It’s Looking Amazing!

The OMODA is looking equally striking from the front, back and sides, with a sporty stance that is supported by a gradually rising waistline, a floating roof and hidden B- and C-pillars. Wide wheel arches and black alloy wheels add to this fresh new look.

2. The Interior Is Sleek And Stylish

Inside, the OMODA boasts a tidy dashboard with prettily integrated vents and a twin-screen set-up for ease of use. Drivers will also enjoy faux-leather seats that look cool and are easy to clean. Leg space is ample and the infotainment set-up will appeal to even the most tech-savvy motorist.

3. The Price Tag Is Friendlier Than You’d Expect

Starting at around R263 000* (in Chinese Yuan equivalent), the OMODA is actually very well priced for the amount of car you get. At this price point, it is poised to perform very well in the crossover SUV segment.

4. Plenty Of Goods Under The Hood

The OMODA 5 has a 1.6-litre turbocharged ACTECO engine with 147 kW and 290 Nm. This engine is equipped with 7DCT transmission. In the future, it will get a naturally aspirated 1.5 engine, turbocharged 1.5 + 48V mild-hybrid one, and even become fully electric.

5. A Brand New Type Of Vehicle Altogether!

Tony Liu, Executive Deputy General Manager, Chery South Africa was quoted as saying that there are few industries that have the capability and opportunity to combine beautiful design and exceptional mechanical performance like the automotive industry does.

“At the heart of the Art in Motion design philosophy behind the OMODA 5 is the idea that a design that is functional can also be incredibly beautiful. And the design has to be touched and seen from outside and experienced behind the wheel,” Liu enthused.

Stay up to date and be the first to know if the Chery OMODA 5 is launched in South Africa by keeping an eye on our blog or Facebook page. In the meantime, we would love to welcome you to our showrooms in Stellenbosch and George.

*Pricing not confirmed at time of writing

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A New Standard In The SUV Segment – Chery Tiggo 8 Pro

Posted on 12 Apr 2022 under Chery Tiggo 4 Pro, Chery Tiggo 8 Pro

Chery Tiggo 8 Pro SUV

The Tiggo 8 Pro is a luxurious SUV setting new standards for SUVs

The Chery Tiggo 8 Pro has just launched in South Africa to great acclaim. Our motoring media has been enthusiastic, to say the least, about this exceptionally well-appointed and competitively-priced 7-seater SUV. It’s not like we are not used to the best of the best in motoring, but let’s look at how this Tiggo has been received in other markets.

The 8 Pro range was launched in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East in June last year and sales have rocketed. It has already won several media awards in Saudi.

The Chery Tiggo 8 Pro 1.6 TGDI turbo-petrol with seven-speed dual-clutch auto transmission won the annual best-in-class trophy. It was also awarded the 2021 SUV with Best Advanced Technology by both Saudi Auto and Sport Motor magazines – a rare double award!

According to the judges, the Tiggo 8 Pro’s unique combination of ultra-modern technology and real-world affordability has made this Chery the natural choice. They specifically noted the TGDI engine, which was a Top 10 China Heart engine for its efficiency and power delivery, the smart LED crystal light technology, the multi-screen infotainment systems and the designer leather seats in its list of highlights. The ultra-quiet 34-decibel interior noise level at speed was also deemed best in class.

In fact, the Chery Tiggo 8 Pro has been launched all over the world by now and has won awards in every market it entered. So what about South Africa?

The Tiggo 8 Pro was launched outside the period of eligibility for this year’s SA Car of the Year competition, but its sibling Tiggo 4 Pro was and is now a finalist in the current competition. Chery South Africa fully expects the Tiggo 8 Pro to feature in next year’s competition.

When Chery launched the Tiggo 8 range in South Africa, it really threw down the gauntlet in the SUV segment. Instead of launching a price-point base model with only the most basic features, this Chery takes a full set of luxuries as its foundation and builds on that for its next trim level.

The base model starts at R496,900* and you will get a comprehensive suite of luxury and safety features as standard. These include six airbags, leather upholstery, round-view cameras, an electrically-adjustable driver’s seat, and the list goes on.

As with the Tiggo 4 Pro, the 8 Pro comes with the mind-bending 1-million kilometre mechanical warranty. The Chery Tiggo 8 Pro has been declared a winner around the world and here in South Africa. Why not see for yourself why this car is creating such a buzz – book a test drive today.

*Pricing is correct at the time of writing.

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Chery Is Back In SA – Why You Should Take A Second Look

Posted on 15 Mar 2022 under Chery News, General

More and more Chery cars are making their way onto SA roads – find out why

When Chinese car brand Chery announced its return to South Africa last year, the reaction was understandable: “Wait, what, why?” Understandable, because SA’s experience with the brand is at best a resounding “Meh!” Chery entered our market in 2008 under the Imperial banner. It sold the very entry-level QQ, QQ3, the J2 and J3 hatchbacks and later the underwhelming Tiggo TX. By 2018 the brand had faded away, and South African motoring moved on.

So now it’s back here. What has changed and why should we pay attention the second time around? We should pay attention because Chery is returning with major financial backing and a big plan.

Chery South Africa

Unlike in 2008, Chery’s presence in South Africa is driven by Chery South Africa, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the giant Chery automotive and technology group that has been China’s top vehicle exporter for the past 18 years. Chery South Africa’s head office will be in Bryanston, Johannesburg. At the moment it has around 40 dealers around the country, with more coming online. Its parts and distribution network has been meticulously laid down to support its dealers and drivers. Chery has put a lot of money and talent into re-entering South Africa. It is far bigger than it was before.


The word big is often associated with Chery – the company, not the cars. The cars are normal-sized. Chery has a big global network with over 9.5 million Chery owners across more than 80 countries and regions. Every two minutes another someone buys a Chery somewhere in the world.

Chery has been around since 1997 as a carmaker, and since then it has reinvented itself as a technology and design leader. It focuses on core technology like engines, vehicle platforms and safety. It holds over 13 000 tech patents and has 5 500 dedicated research and development specialists around the world.


Chery’s technology is highly visible, for example, its electric EQ1 and EQ5 won ten awards in the recent China EV Rally, including fastest-charging battery and best battery endurance.

Its current 1.6 ACTECTO TGDI direct-injection engine – 145 kW and 290 Nm – was voted one of the ten best engines in China, along with five other Chery motors. Its 2.0 TGDI engine offers 192 kW and 400 Nm.

Chery has also developed best in class vehicle platforms. These include SUVs, sedans and future new propulsion vehicles, including future SUVs, high-end SUVs and MPVs, sedans and the forthcoming NEV platform for new energy vehicles.

There is a new Universal Hybrid system coming that will offer real-world fuel consumption of 1-litre per 100km in combined driving, but which can do 0 – 100 in 5 seconds. Besides its own tech structures, Chery works with world leaders like Aisin, Getrag (now part of Magna Powertrain), Bosch and Schaeffler on new tech.

The Cars

But we don’t buy future tech, we buy cars today. Today you will find your Chery in a modern, gleaming, fully appointed dealership with knowledgeable staff to assist you. You will look at and test drive the stunning new Tiggo 4 Pro and Tiggo 8 Pro and note the great design, solid and robust build, myriad of luxury and safety features and really excellent prices.

That Warranty

Then you will find out about the 10-year/ 1 000 000km warranty and you will realise this is not the Chery of yesteryear. It is a serious brand for serious South African drivers.

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Chery Power – New Technology For World-Beating New Cars

Posted on 04 Mar 2022 under Chery News

Chery Power – New Technology For World-Beating New Cars

The heart of a car is its engine. If the engine is too weak, too thirsty or unreliable, the car will be rubbish, no matter how great the rest of it is. Since the oil crises of the ‘70s, carmakers have been in a technological race to make their engines do more with less. As a result, you get 1.0-litre engines driving cars that would have been a 1.6litreL at least, and a 1.5 or 1.6-litre in place of a 3.0-litre. It has become clear though that the race is not over, it has barely begun.

This brings us to Chery, who recently unveiled its new phase of tech development called “Chery Power” at the 2021 Chengdu International Auto Show in China. Chery Power underlines the company’s core focus on the technological development of internal combustion and future proof vehicles. The latter refer to electric, hybrid and fuel cell drives. In South Africa we are more concerned with ICE engines, although the arrival of significant future engines is just a matter of time.

Thermal Efficiency

When fuel and air ignite in an engine’s cylinder, the expanding gas pushes up the piston, the conrod turns the crank and so on until your car goes vroom. But most of the energy so produced gets lost in heat, about half goes down the exhaust pipe and a large part heats the engine and gets absorbed by the cooling system. There is also some loss to friction and so on, but the big loss is in heat. Thermal efficiency is expressed as a percentage of the fuel/air burn that actually becomes mechanical force. Most road-legal cars are between 20% and 35% thermally efficient, and raising this number has become an automotive quest. Every percentage point gained is a massive boost.

As part of the Chery Power initiative, the company has developed a new range of ICE engines that will be available on the next generation of its world-beating Tiggo models. These engines may well touch 45% thermal efficiency, which would dramatically cut fuel consumption.

Chery Engines

Chery has been making cars only since 1999, but its early focus on engine technology has made it a world leader. These engines were designed, developed and built completely by Chery. Since those early days, it has built over 9.5 million engines, ranging from 0.8-L to 4.0-L.

During 2021, with the effects of the pandemic still keeping markets down, Chery invested heavily in the research and development for the Chery Power project. An early bonus of this programme is the ACTECO 1.6 TDGI engine fitted in the Chery Tiggo 8 Pro, just launched in South Africa. This motor produces 145 kW and 290 Nm with a thermal efficiency of 37.1%.

These strides were possible because Chery sees itself as a technology company, working with vehicle and propulsion development, safety systems, new types of engines, electric propulsion and artificial intelligence. The fact that they make great cars is almost a bonus.

Please stay tuned to this blog for new stories about Chery, their new cars and fast-moving technology.

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