• Sep 15, 2008
As it currently stands, gas in China costs about half what it does in most other countries, and the government spends billions to keep it that way. This being the case, expensive hybrids like the Toyota Prius don't sell in very large numbers. Still, there are a number of analysts who predict that gas will go up in China and that cheaper hybrids could begin to get a foot-hold in the Chinese market. To test the hybrid waters, Chery has introduced its home market to a new inexpensive mild hybrid built off its own A5 platform. Like some of the hybrids from General Motors, the A5 adds a belt-driven starter/generator that runs on just 12 volts and allows for stop/start functionality for its 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. Chery tested the vehicle during the Olympic games and is apparently now ready to begin selling its first hybrid to retail customers in China at about a third of the cost of the Prius. With pricing like that, the expected 10-15-percent gain in fuel efficiency could provide plenty of incentive to choose a hybrid.

[Source: Automotive News - sub. req'd]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      My first point is that hybrids don't work and are overpriced compered with a small hatchback/coupe with a little engine , and the car looks like a ugly kia rio
      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyone see any last gen Altima in that pic?
      • 6 Years Ago
      What was a Chery doing in the UK? Although it's blurry, that's a British street scene and a UK delivery plate. British engineering involvement in the hybrid drivetrain?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I don't think I would want to be in a gas powered Chery that crashed, let alone one with chemical filled batteries.
      • 6 Years Ago
      What makes you think Chery does any testing?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would boycott this POS!