Chery A3

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Chery A3
Chery A3 at the 2010 Guangzhou Motorshow 1.jpg
Chery A3 4-door sedan
Overview
Manufacturer Chery
Also called Chery J3
Chery M11
Chery Apola
Chery Chance/Niche
Chery Cielo
Chery Tengo
Chery Skin/Skin Sport
Chery Orinoco
Speranza M11/M12
Production 2008–present
Assembly Wuhu, Anhui, China
Taichung, Taiwan[1][2]
Cairo, Egypt (Speranza)[3]
Aragua, Venezuela
Designer Pininfarina
Body and chassis
Class Compact car
Body style 4-door sedan
5-door hatchback
Layout Front-engine, front-wheel-drive
Powertrain
Engine 1.6 L I4 (petrol)
1.8 L I4 (petrol)
2.0 L I4 (petrol)
Transmission 5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,550 mm (100.4 in)
Length 4,352 mm (171.3 in) (sedan)
4,282 mm (168.6 in) (hatchback)
Width 1,794 mm (70.6 in) (sedan)
1,792 mm (70.6 in) (hatchback)
Height 1,464 mm (57.6 in) (sedan)
1,467 mm (57.8 in) (hatchback)
Curb weight 1,355 kg (2,987 lb)
1,395 kg (3,075 lb)

The Chery A3 is a compact car built by the Chinese manufacturer Chery Automobile since 2008, offered as a 4-door sedan and as a 5-door hatchback. It was revealed for the first time as a concept car at the 2006 Beijing Motor Show and production car two years later which went on sale in September 2008.[4] The car was designed by the Italian studio Pininfarina.[5]

In South America, Eastern Europe and Oceania it is marketed numerous different names, including: Chery M11 (in Ukraine and Russia),[6] Chery Tengo (in Serbia and nearby countries),[7] Chery Chance/Niche (in Turkey),[8] Chery Cielo (in Brazil),[9] Chery Skin/Skin Sport (in Chile),[10] Chery Orinoco (in Venezuela)[11] and Chery J3 (in Australia and New Zealand).[12]

Safety and equipment[edit]

The car comes in standard with driver and front passenger airbags and additionally it can offer side airbags and as well front and rear curtain airbags.[13] Also standard equipment includes ABS and EBD and optional there is TCS. The body structure is made 40% of high strength steel sheet. Standard equipment also includes power steering, electric windows, air conditioning, 205/55 R16 tyres with aluminium alloy rims, remote central locking or cd/mp3-player.[14]

In December 2008, A3 received a five-star China-NCAP safety rating[15] becoming the first indigenous car to achieve such a high-test rating.[16] The process consists in three different tests; 100% front crash test with a wall (like the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) test), a 40% offset test (like the EuroNCAP) and a side crash test like the EuroNCAP.

The results of the A3 were 11,22 points in the 100% frontal crash test, 15,03 points in the 40% offset crash test and 16 points in the side crash test.[17] Another Chinese car that received five stars in the testings was the Roewe 550.[18]

Europe[edit]

Rumors were raised in December 2010 that the car was about to be built at the struggling FSO plant in Poland, when a Chery A3 was spotted coming out of the factory's gates in Warsaw and bearing a label marked with the FSO logo in the windscreen corner.[19][20] However, Chery stated that it plans to export cars to the European Union only after 2015,[21] though some of its products are already available in Italy through the DR Motor brand.[22]

In March 2011, Belgrade Municipal police received a number of 15 Chery A3 vehicles (and two Tiggo), awarding the Chinese automaker as the winner in a bid where it reportedly competed against recognized brands from Europe.[23] They are the first law-enforcement body in Europe to drive Chinese manufactured vehicles,[24] after the Chery brand already gained access to the governmental vehicle market in countries like Egypt and Iraq.[23]

Motorsport[edit]

The Chery Flying Star Rally Team is racing Chery A3 cars in the Chinese Rally Championship in the last seasons and from 2011 it entered the Chinese Touring Car Championship too with the A3.[25][26]

Engines[edit]

Engine Code Displacement Power at rpm Torque at rpm Top speed Years Gearbox
I4 petrol engines
1,6i 16V
DOHC
[14]
ACTECO-
SQR481F
1,597 сc 119 hp (89 kW; 119 hp) at 6,150 147 N·m (108 lb·ft) at 4,300-4,500 180 km/h (112 mph) 2008–present 5-speed manual
1,6i 16V
DOHC
[27]
E4G16 1,598 cc 127 hp (95 kW; 127 hp) at 6,150 169 N·m (125 lb·ft) at 3,900 180 km/h (112 mph) 2008–present 5-speed manual
(China only)
1,8i 16V
DOHC
[27]
ACTECO-
SQR481FC
1,845 cc 132 hp (98 kW; 132 hp) at 5,750 170 N·m (125 lb·ft) at 4,300 168 km/h (104 mph) 2008–present 5-speed manual/
4-speed automatic
2,0i 16V
DOHC
[28]
ACTECO-
SQR484F
1,971 cc 139 hp (104 kW; 139 hp) at 5,750 182 N·m (134 lb·ft) at 4,300 182 km/h (113 mph) 2008–present 4-speed automatic

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chery crosses Straits to assemble its A3". chinadaily.com.cn. 2009-06-29. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  2. ^ "Chery A3 Produced in Taiwan". cheryinternational.com. 2009-08-20. Retrieved 2011-05-10. 
  3. ^ "Current Speranza Models". Speranza Egypt. Retrieved 2011-10-11. 
  4. ^ "2009 First Family Car, Chery A3 Hatchback Launched". cheryinternational.com. 2009-01-13. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  5. ^ "Designed in Italy, Engineered in China". cardesignnews.com. 2010-08-09. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  6. ^ "Chery A3 (M11)" (in Russian). CheryPortal.ru. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Kineski Chery i zvanično stigao u Srbiju" (in Serbian). AutoBlog.rs. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  8. ^ Vorotnikov, Evgeniy. "China's Chery To Invest $500 Million in New Turkey Plant". Edmund's Inside Line. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  9. ^ "Chery Cielo é o nome do modelo A3 no Brasil" (in Portuguese). CARPLACE. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  10. ^ Montiel, Leo. "El nuevo Chery Skin llegará a Chile" (in Spanish). Automocion Blog. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  11. ^ "5000 vehículos chinos Chery se producirán este año en Venezuela" (in Spanish). AUTOmotriz.net. 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  12. ^ Pettendy, Marton. "Chery readies Corolla fighter". GoAuto.com.au. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  13. ^ "Chery A3 - Safety & Security". cheryinternational.com. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  14. ^ a b "Chery A3 - Specifications". cheryinternational.com. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  15. ^ "C-NCAP tests on 24 December 2008" (in Chinese). autoinfo.gov.cn. 2008-12-24. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  16. ^ "A Deep Analysis on Chery A3 Winning the C-NCAP Five-star Safety Award". cheryinternational.com. 2009-03-18. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  17. ^ "C-NCAP tests results on 24 December 2008" (in Chinese). autoinfo.gov.cn. 2008-12-24. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  18. ^ "Chery, SAIC cars get 5-star ranking in crash tests". gasgoo.com. 2008-12-25. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  19. ^ "Następca Fiata 125p i Lanosa: chiński Chery Alve z logo FSO pojawił się w Polsce" (in Polish). superauto24.pl. 2010-12-10. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  20. ^ "Kto uratuje FSO? Chińczycy albo Hindusi" (in Polish). tvnwarszawa.pl. 2011-02-10. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  21. ^ "China's Chery plans exports to Europe after 2015". Automotive News. 2011-10-12. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  22. ^ "Marka Chery w Europie dopiero po 2015 roku" (in Polish). 2011-10-14. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  23. ^ a b "Chery wins bid from Belgrade Police". cheryinternational.com. 2011-04-01. Retrieved 2011-10-26. 
  24. ^ "Des Chery pour la police de Belgrade" (in French). leblogauto.com. 2011-03-25. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  25. ^ "Rumours 6: Chery's recruit drivers for CTCC". touringcartimes.com. 2009-01-29. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  26. ^ "Chery A3 battles for CRC" (in Chinese). chery.cn. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  27. ^ a b "Chery A3 price list and technical details" (in Chinese). chery.cn. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 
  28. ^ "Chery M11 Sedan 2.0 AT - Price, characteristics, equipment" (in Ukrainian). infocar.ua. Retrieved 2011-05-08. 

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