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Ten of the most bonkers concept cars

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Ten of the most bonkers concept cars

Concept cars are a law unto themselves, and the rules are: there are no rules. Motor shows are full of over-the-top, fantastical creations and, while some offer a glimpse into the future of personal transport, some are nothing but the physical manifestations of delusional designers and inventors...

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Chery FV2030 concept teased ahead of Beijing motor show
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Chery FV2030 concept teased ahead of Beijing motor show

Chinese carmaker Chery isn't known for having the most thrilling looks in the business, but that may be about to change if a new concept bound for the upcoming Beijing motor show is any indication. The concept, dubbed FV2030, has been previewed this week with the release of a highly stylised teaser sketch, hinting at a high-riding coupe-like offering...


2016 Chery New Cars
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2016 Chery New Cars

Chery’s Australian importer Ateco Automotive says there’s nothing new on the horizon for the Chinese brand in 2016. As it was for much of 2015, the brand remains “paused” in Australia for the foreseeable future until new product emerges that is available in right-hand drive and suitable for our market...


Chery J11 recalled over potential fire risk
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Chery J11 recalled over potential fire risk

The Chinese-made Chery J11 SUV has been recalled over a potential fire hazard. A notice posted to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's recalls.gov.au website states that 796 examples of the Chery SUV built between 27 March 2009 and 29 December 2010 will be called back to dealerships to inspect a fault...


Chery not squashed for Australian market yet
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Chery not squashed for Australian market yet

The first Chinese passenger car brand in Australia, Chery, is not quite squashed for the Australian market yet, but is very much on hold. But it’s not as though Chery had no reason for being in the Australian market. For most of the time the brand was present in the market, it was offering the country’s cheapest cars in a few different categories...


Chery to be "paused" in Australia
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Chery to be "paused" in Australia

Chinese car brand Chery is set to be "paused" in Australia later this year as the brand's local importer, Ateco Automotive, runs out its current stock ahead of suitable new models arriving locally. Chery has struggled in the Australian market since its introduction in 2011, with a total of just 3644 vehicles sold up to January 2015...


Chery committed to Australia despite sales slide
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Chery committed to Australia despite sales slide

Chery remains committed to the Australian market despite its sales falling hard this year. The Chinese car maker, which is distributed across the country by Ateco Automotive, sold just 461 vehicles to the end of August – down 33 per cent compared with the same time in 2013. At its current rate, Chery is on target to sell fewer than 700 vehicles in Australia this year...


2014 Chery J11: pricing and details
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2014 Chery J11: pricing and details

The Chery J11 compact SUV has been updated for 2014, with a new look, more equipment, a new more efficient engine and revised pricing. The Chinese-made Chery compact SUV boasts a more modern front-end design with revised headlights including integrated LEDs, a new chrome-lined grille and a more streamlined front bumper...


Chery J3 gets more power, adds auto and cruise from $15,990 driveway
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Chery J3 gets more power, adds auto and cruise from $15,990 driveway

The Chery J3 small hatchback has been lightly upgraded with standard stability control, a more powerful engine and the availability of an automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT) for the first time...


Chery J1, Great Wall X240, Suzuki Jimny forced out by new ESC laws
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Chery J1, Great Wall X240, Suzuki Jimny forced out by new ESC laws

The $9990 Chery J1 and fellow Chinese import, the Great Wall X240, have been forced out of the Australian market after failing to comply with new mandatory electronic stability control (ESC) laws. The law, which mandates that ESC must be fitted to all new passenger vehicles sold from November 1, has also led to the discontinuation of the Suzuki Jimny, which has been on sale in its current generation since 1998...


Chery Alpha 7 concept previews new Chinese small sedan
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Chery Alpha 7 concept previews new Chinese small sedan

The Chery Alpha 7 concept has been previewed ahead of its unveiling at this weekend's Shanghai auto show. The Chery Alpha 7 concept debuts a new design language for the Chinese manufacturer, sporting an attractive headlight and front grille design and tight Euro-inspired lines...


Chery Beta 5: compact SUV concept teased
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Chery Beta 5: compact SUV concept teased

The first official images of the Chery Beta 5 concept have been released ahead of its debut at this week's Shanghai auto show. Reportedly based on the same underpinnings as the Chinese manufacturer's Tiggo 5 SUV, UK magazine Autocar says the Chery Beta 5 will introduce more luxurious and contemporary styling to the line-up when it enters production in 2015...


Chery prices could fall below $9990
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Chery prices could fall below $9990

The importer of Chinese brand Chery says its next generation of small cars could be even cheaper than its current crop – despite the Chery J1 already retailing as the cheapest car on the Australian market. Ateco Automotive's general manager of new ventures, Dinesh Chinappa, says the local importer is currently discussing the potential for the J1 sub-light hatch's replacement...


Former Porsche designer to help redefine Chery
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Former Porsche designer to help redefine Chery

Chinese car maker Chery has appointed a former Porsche designer to oversee its future vehicle styling direction as it attempts to boost its image and credibility over the coming years...


Chery J3 Review
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Chery J3 Review

China's Chery J3 is the size of a Corolla but priced lower than a Yaris. We find out if that makes it good value.

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Chery J1 price cut to below $10,000
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Chery J1 price cut to below $10,000

The price of the Chinese-built Chery J1 has been cut to $9990 driveaway, making it the first passenger car in 15 years to be available for less than $10K. Chery has slashed $1000 from the five-door J1 city car (above) and $2000 from the larger J3 hatchback (below) – now $12,990 driveaway – as it aims to turn around dismal 2012 sales...


Jaguar Land Rover seals Chinese joint venture deal with Chery
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Jaguar Land Rover seals Chinese joint venture deal with Chery

Jaguar Land Rover has cemented its place in its fastest-growing market after it officially laid the foundation stone for a new manufacturing plant in China it will share in a joint venture with Chery Automobile. The plant will be built near Shanghai by 2014 and forms part of a $1...


China's Great Wall, Chery hit by 23,000-vehicle asbestos recall
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China's Great Wall, Chery hit by 23,000-vehicle asbestos recall

Almost 24,000 low-cost Chinese vehicles produced by Chery and Great Wall have been recalled in Australia after the cars' engine and exhaust gaskets were found to contain asbestos. The recall affects approximately 21,500 Great Wall SA220, V200 and V240 utes, and X200 and X240 SUVs, as well as around 550 Chery J3 hatchbacks and 1700 J11 SUVs...