• Dec 18, 2007
Chrysler and Chery will finally consummate their corporate marriage south of the border when a version of the Dodge-badged Chery A1 goes on sale in Mexico soon. The Chinese econobox will be built at Chery's Wuhu plant and exported to Mexico. According to a review in the Wall Street Journal, beyond a vibration in the steering column at 100 mph, some interior fitment issues and a lack of grunt with four adults in the car, the A1 handled the daily slog with relative ease. Not bad for a little over $5,000.

Sales of the Dodge/Chery A1 in the States are expected sometime in 2009, assuming that the subcompact can meet U.S. crash and emissions standards. Regardless, we're still waiting for the Hornet.

[Source: China Car Times via TTAC]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      What no bubble quote this post? I think you could have started the latest internet craze...LOLcars!
      • 7 Years Ago
      When will they build the SRT version?
        • 7 Years Ago
        LOL
        • 7 Years Ago
        LMAO

        a HEMI can be a good alternative too lol
      • 7 Years Ago
      i like little cars like this because they are fun to beat on. i look forward to the opportunity.
      • 7 Years Ago
      you really cant complain much for a car that cost little over 5K....

      or spend the 15K+ for a Honda Fit...
        • 7 Years Ago
        "Honda Fit is worth every dime of your money."

        Wow I can tell you are very smart!

        What would you be left with, if Honda were to slash 10K from a Honda Fit????

        Guess

        Bingo a 5k Chery A1

        Im not saying the chery is the best made car in the world, how could it be for just 5K...but dont knock it and try to say that a car that is worth a lot more $$$$ is better...No Sh*T sherlock....



        • 7 Years Ago
        > or spend the 15K+ for a Honda Fit...

        Honda Fit is worth every dime of your money.

        This $12,000(Yup, forget about $5000 Chinamobile) isn't even worth free.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder how far it will go if (and it's a big "if") Chrysler and Renault-Nissan decided to partner? (The Hornet could use the Nissan B platform http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nissan_B_platform )
        • 7 Years Ago
        > I wonder how far it will go if (and it's a big "if") Chrysler and Renault-Nissan decided to partner? (The Hornet could use the Nissan B platform

        You think Nissan is stupid enough to lend its chassis to a world-famous Chinese pirate? Nissan deal is a strictly badge-engineering deal. Nissan gets rebadged Dodge trucks(and kill unprofitable Titan), while Chrysler gets rebadged Nissan sub-compacts.
      • 7 Years Ago
      There are already many Dodge branded Hyundais there so this does not surprise me.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I agree. I live in San Diego and often see some of the goofiest non-Chinese cars out there, and they're all Dodge-branded Hyundai's. My personal fave is the Atos (http://tinyurl.com/2u9bm3), but who would've thought that someone would actually rename the Hyundai Accent into the Dodge Attitude?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Keep it under 10k USD and it will be a fine little run about.

      It vibrates ABOVE 100mph (ok, why is anyone driving that fast) it has fit and finish issues (its a 5000$ car?) and a pokey 4cyl. There are lots of 15-20k cars with pokey 4cyl motors.

      These issues are non-issues. Everyone is spoiled and thinks each and every car should have Lexus fit and finish, VW materials and BMW M series handling. Give it a rest. Cars like this are REAL cars. And as much as I want to have a nice toy, something practical is far more important.
        • 7 Years Ago
        You skipped the part about safety
        • 7 Years Ago
        MemphisNET, this is not any "crappy" car on the road. This is supoosedly a modern day 2009 model. Name a single 2007 model that has a crappy safety record of a Chinese car?
        • 7 Years Ago
        No need to worry about the safety. If it doesn't pass, it can't be sold here. That's why we have standards.
      • 7 Years Ago
      This Chery is nothing more than a illegally stretched first generation Daewoo Matiz. Accordingly, this is for Mexican and South American markets only, since it cannot pass US crash/emissions test. Can you imagine a Chrysler's life-time warranty on a Chinese car with a designed life span of 140,000 miles?

      Furthermore, it won't be priced much cheaper than other subcompacts, since Chrysler's goal with this car is to make a fat($3000) profit off cheaply imported Chinamobile.
        • 7 Years Ago
        The lifetime warranty is available here in Mexico, and valid for every car sold, even the rebadged Hyundais. It's obvious that you know nothing about car design and engineering. There's no way technichally for this to be a stretched Matiz.

        P.s. I hate chinese cars, too.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I guess "it's got hemi" wouldn't really cut it, once this car falls apart on the way from the dealership, with 20 miles on its odometer.

      And then someone will post a nasty crash-test on YouTube. And then, excessive amount of lead will be found in every painted part.

      I guess, I am not ready to buy Chinese cars. It will take a lot of effort to convince me otherwise. I rather get older Honda or Toyota for the same money - I am sure they will run longer and provide better driving in every way.
      • 7 Years Ago
      That's going to look fine cruising the free trade highway with a trunk load of Ameros.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Ooh...commie-built tin cans!

      Ramming them with Ram 3500s (get it?) could become a new sport.
      • 7 Years Ago
      barf
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