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Chery SA Sells Its 10,000th Car And Launches A Flagship Model

Posted by on 21 Dec 2022

Chery flagship model - Tiggo 8 Pro MAX

Chery reaches 10,000 cars sold milestone and launched a flagship model

Few car makers can match what Chery SA has achieved in such a short time. Between January and October 2022, Chery SA sold 10,000 cars locally while the global market exceeded 1 million vehicles. To celebrate its birthday and this remarkable achievement, they have launched a fresh-faced Chery Tiggo 8 Pro MAX that will surely turn heads no matter where it goes. Let’s take a closer look at how Chery performed across the world and what the Tiggo 8 Pro MAX has to offer.

What Are The Global Sales Numbers For Chery Cars?

Chery sold 1,026,758 vehicles in just ten months across all its markets in just ten months. Sales included 134,900 Tiggo 7 Pro models and 159,900 Tiggo 8 Pro vehicles. In October alone, it sold 132,828 units; making it the fifth consecutive month with sales exceeding 100,000 units. Chery is doing equally well in other markets such as Brazil, with sales of 29,854 units in the first ten months.

As mentioned earlier, in just 11 months, Chery SA sold its 10,000th vehicle in South Africa which is a significant achievement by anyone’s standards. The company originally entered the market in November 2021 with the Tiggo 4 Pro before releasing additional models such as the larger Tiggo 7 Pro and seven-seater Chery Tiggo 8 Pro. After a decade of working with the Imperial Group, now known as Motus, they left SA in 2018 but have since made a triumphant return.

Chery SA Is Leading From The Front

Chery SA is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Chinese parent company with 74 dealerships in South Africa. Considering the brand’s continued investment in research and development, it’s not surprising they are doing so well. With competitive prices, modern and stylish design and a long list of standard safety and driver-assist features, anyone who has experienced one of their vehicles firsthand always leaves impressed.

According to Tony Liu, the executive deputy GM for Chery SA: “You can measure a brand’s success with many different metrics, but none are more rewarding than the number of units sold. We would not have been able to achieve this massive milestone without the support and hard work of our dealer network. Some of these dealers also celebrate their first year in November, while other dealers have only joined more recently.”

Tony Liu confirmed that Chery SA will continue to add dealers in South Africa while looking at possible expansions in neighbouring countries. Considering the amount of success thus far, the potential for an even bigger market share in Africa is tantalisingly good.

What Is The Chery Tiggo 8 Pro MAX?

Chery celebrates its first birthday with tremendous success and now, Chery SA has added a new flagship model to its impressive line-up; the Chery Tiggo 8 Pro MAX.

The new model will slot in above the 1.6 TGDI Tiggo 8 Pro Executive offering more power, additional safety features and other technologies. It is the perfect embodiment of the Chery value promise!

Chery’s new Tiggo 8 Pro MAX is powered by a next-generation 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine coupled to a 7-speed DCT transmission sending power to the front wheels. The cutting-edge 2.0 TDGI engine takes advantage of many of Chery’s newest, proprietary engine technologies to achieve 187 kW at 5 500 rpm and 390 Nm from 2 000 rpm to 4 000 rpm.

It has a redesigned turbocharger with a small diameter turbine and new fully floating bearing technology which results in a 22% better response time than similar turbochargers. Chery engineers have coined the phrase ‘2.0T +7DCT’ as the “perfect formula for the best possible driving experience”.

The Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) offers all the comfort of a normal automatic gearbox, but with a quicker shift response and better fuel consumption of 7l/100 km in a combined cycle. From a standing start, the Chery Tiggo 8 Pro MAX accelerates from 0-100 km/h in just 7.3 seconds which is pretty impressive for a car this size.

Chery Tiggo 8 Pro MAX Interior Features, Safety and Driver Technologies

Chery’s new Tiggo 8 Pro MAX model now comes with privacy glass for the rear passengers, thicker insulation on the windscreen and front side windows, and a black leather interior instead of the dark tan in the Executive model.

According to Chery SA, it also gets adaptive cruise control, a panoramic sunroof, 10.25-inch floating infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other exclusive luxury features include the following:

  • wireless mobile phone charging
  • forward collision warning
  • traffic sign recognition
  • emergency braking assistance
  • lane departure warning
  • blind spot monitoring

Celebrating The Success Of Chery SA In Style

In closing, Chery SA has had a fantastic first year in the South African market, with record-breaking sales and happy customers all around. In celebrating this achievement, Chery SA has launched a new flagship model, the Tiggo 8 Pro MAX with many additional features and technologies not found in other vehicles in its class.

The Chery range’s flagship model comes with a seven-year/90,000km service plan instead of the five-year/60,000km plan that is sold with the Tiggo 8 Pro models. In addition, it benefits from the pioneering 10-year/1 million km mechanical warranty as standard; however, this only applies to the first owner. The Tiggo 8 Pro Max is now available for purchase at dealerships for R629,900*.

For more information on the Chery Tiggo Pro range, contact your nearest Group1 branch in Stellenbosch or George.

*Pricing is accurate as of 20 December 2022.

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Chery Among Chinese Car Brands That Dazzle SA Drivers

Posted by on 12 Dec 2022

Chery Has Dazzled SA Drivers - Here’s How

Chery Has Dazzled SA Drivers – Here’s How

South African drivers are well-known to be set in their ways, which means that can be challenging for a ‘new’ brand to make inroads when they first drive onto showroom floors in sunny SA. Initially, this was the case for the Chinese auto brand Chery as well. However, it would seem the tide has turned, and that discerning motorists from all walks of life have realised the many benefits of driving a Chery.

Since relaunching the brand locally towards the end of 2021, Chery has been consistent in their excellent sales numbers. This includes the sales of three new models that have been launched since then, namely the Tiggo 4 Pro, Tiggo 7 Pro and Tiggo 8 Pro.

According to the monthly reports by the National Automobile Association of Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa), Chery has consistently sold 1100+ models over the last few months, with stats in October peaking at the sale of 695 x Tiggo 4 Pro, 369 x Tiggo 7 Pro and 165 x Tiggo 8 Pro. The brand also recently welcomed its 10,000th South African customer – a major milestone in just a year!

Whereas Chinese car brands previously had an old, outdated reputation for being cheaply built and less than sturdy, these new models have reassured SA consumers that the research and development teams behind this top-tier brand have managed to create exceptional vehicles that are up to the task, and come with friendly price tags to boot.

Chery is doing equally well in other markets, including the South American republic of Brazil. Here, Cherry has sold just under 30 000 units in its first 10 months, which places it at a market share of almost 2.5%. In fact, Chery is one of the top-ten-selling brands in Brazil at the moment.

The Middle East is likewise enamoured with Chery. So much so that the Chery Tiggo range was awarded the Most Intelligent Pioneering Vehicle title at their local vehicle awards. Here, the range has also managed to double its market share over the course of the past year.

Here’s to many more years of providing South African drivers with well-built, good-looking, fuel-efficient cars that are as fun to drive as they are easy to own. To learn more about the Chery models we currently have available, get in touch with our Group1 Chery teams in Stellenbosch and George. It’s amazingly easy to organise a test drive – we’ll even bring the Chery to you!

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Investing In AI Brings Chery Self-Driving Vehicle Closer

Posted by on 25 Nov 2022

Chery logo on vehicle grille


Chinese auto pioneer Chery is going full speed ahead in its self-driving quest, nearly ready to unleash its level 2.5 cars, with level 4 predicted by 2025.

Self-driving cars are one of the great goals of car manufacturers. It is a strange thing – one moment we think it will happen tomorrow, then there are a couple of accidents and we think it will never happen. It is like passenger planes – we all remember the one crash, but never think of the millions that take off and land safely every day.

There are two things to consider with smart cars though.

The first is that true autonomous self-driving is the last of six levels of automation in cars. Level 0 is all manual, 1 has driver assistance like cruise control, 2 has ADAS and can go faster or brake on its own, in 3 the vehicle can do most functions, but under human supervision.

Level 4 is high automation where the car can do everything, but under human supervision and within geofencing–specific areas and with low-speed limits. Level 5 is full automation and the car might not have a steering wheel and it can drive anywhere a skilled driver can.

The second factor to consider is that underpinning the progression of these steps is the digital revolution. This consists of a number of technologies that are developing at a blistering pace, are increasingly used together and are already changing the world under our noses.

Artificial intelligence (AI), the internet of things (IoT), automation, robotics, cloud computing, big data and more are very much part of everything we do, including developing self-driving cars.

Chery has been working toward this goal since before 2015 and has recently invested heavily in companies that work in these fields, such as BOE for IoT and Horizon Robotics for AI chips. It also works closely with tech giant Huawei.

In 2018 Chery released its intelligent life cycle brand strategy called The Lion Cloud OS, covering a vehicle from R&D, manufacturing, marketing and service. Now at version 4.0, The Lion is using AI technology such as voice interaction, face recognition and smart cloud interaction in core products like the Tiggo Pro range.

Chery launched its first pure EV (EQ1) with an aluminium body as a separate Chinese auto brand. However, it covers the full spectrum of market segments from class A to D in cars and SUVs, including PHEV, BEF, EREV, electric four-wheel drive and hydrogen fuel cells.

In April it revealed the EQX concept car with level 4 automatic driving.

But you don’t only have to read about tech-laden Chery vehicles, you can have a look at them, kick the tyres and take one for a test drive. Furthermore, you can take advantage of the incredible Chery deals now available to savvy South African drivers.

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New Chery Crossover Could Exeed All Others

Posted by on 27 Sep 2022

Chery Cars Continue To Impress With A New Crossover

Chery Cars Continue To Impress With A New Crossover

Chery cars are becoming increasingly popular across the world, including in South Africa with the new Tiggo range. Now, adding to these impressive SUVs, a new crossover is making headlines under the premium Exeed sub-brand. Details are still limited but from what we’ve seen and heard, it looks spectacular and judging by the long list of features on the Chery Tiggo 8 Pro, in particular, this crossover flagship model won’t disappoint in that department either.

Chery Cars Impress On All Levels

Chery cars have come a long way since the small QQ as all the new models have modern design elements, a luxurious interior and loads of safety and convenience features. While Chery may be known as a budget brand delivering more affordable vehicles than most, they offer incredible value for money with good build quality, high levels of reliability and a respectable fuel economy.

Since Chery’s return to the South African market in November 2021, they’ve launched three new models and are already outselling more prominent brands in the passenger car segment.

Considering the tremendous success of new Chery cars across the globe, the new Chery Exeed crossover could take the brand to new heights on the international market. According to sources, production will commence shortly but there is no confirmation on the launch date or what will be under the bonnet. However, there is a chance it could be an electric vehicle or at least a hybrid.

Chery Exeed Crossover Stands Tall

There is no denying that the new Chery Exeed crossover looks gob-smackingly gorgeous and it will turn heads wherever it goes. The brand’s Exeed flagship looks interesting and dynamic, especially the design of the front end that seamlessly integrates with a complex pattern of daytime running lights and dipped beams.

The narrow headlights and the highlighted inscription are other standout features worth mentioning as it resembles aspects of the Tiggo range. While the rear end is a little simpler, it is streamlined, modern and something you wouldn’t mind staring at when stuck in traffic. Another modern twist on the Chery Exeed is the addition of cameras that will effectively replace the mirrors.

The interior is unrecognisable if you compared the old Chery cars to the new Exeed crossover and the Tiggo range. Today, it offers unmatched elegance and sheer comfort, coupled with advanced features and technologies which were once reserved for luxury brands.

Speaking of premium brands, the steering wheel in the Chery Exeed is shaped like a steering wheel in a Mercedes-Benz. The top-spec model gets a large curved diagonal display of 24.6 inches (62.4 cm) while the base model Exeed will have two separate displays of 12.3 inches (31.2 cm). In comparison, the floating touchscreen display on the range-topping Tiggo 8 Pro is 10.25 inches or 26 cm.

The Future Of Chery Cars

The new Chery Exeed promises to be as technologically advanced on the inside as it is attractive on the outside. As you’d expect from modern Chery cars, the Exeed will likely have a host of safety features and driving tech similar to the Tiggo range.

Although there is no confirmation, it looks like the Exeed would come standard with an autonomous driving system with lidar installed in the centre of the roof in front, just above the windshield. There is also mention of cameras and various kinds of assistants which could include lane departure warnings, traffic sign recognition, intelligent high beams and automatic emergency braking among many others.

To top it all off, the Chery Exeed will identify who is behind the wheel and adjust the position of the seat and mirrors accordingly. The same applies to the climate system which will also activate the heated seats based on the temperature and weather conditions.

With the meteoric rise of Chery cars in South Africa and around the world, the motoring public can expect much of the same in the future. As much as we’d love to see the Chery Exeed on local roads, there is no confirmation whether it will be launched in South Africa. If you are looking for an affordable, tough, reliable and economical SUV, there are other Chery cars to choose from.

Visit our showroom or contact our experienced sales team for more information on the current range of new and used Chery cars, including the Tiggo 4, Tiggo 7 and the Tiggo 8.

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Chery Awarded Two HUGE International Awards

Posted by on 26 Jul 2022

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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Enormous Sales Underline The Excellence Of Chery Cars

Posted by on 27 Jun 2022

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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The Chery DHT – A Sexy New Hybrid

Posted by on 12 May 2022

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 by on 29 Apr 2022


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

Posted by on 15 Mar 2022

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 by on 04 Mar 2022

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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