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AddChery launches micro hybrid A5 BSG in China

Over in China, former Bricklin and former Chrysler partner Chery Motors has finally launched its A5 BSG sedan. The BSG is kind of like GM's mild hybrid system, but without the nickel metal hydride battery. It's essentially nothing more than an auto-start stop system on on the compact sedan. The belt-starter-generator (hence the BSG) system was developed in cooperation with powertrain specialists Ricardo. Fifty of these cars were provided for officials to use during last summer's Olympic Games in

AddChery to launch A5 hybrid production in October

Upstart Chinese automaker Chery is getting ready launch production of its first hybrid in October. The A5 hybrid sedan is targeted at the low end of the market. As such, it uses a less expensive mild hybrid system rather than a strong hybrid like the Prius. The A5's mild hybrid, which was developed with powertrain consultant Ricardo, provides a 15 percent improvement in fuel efficiency. Earlier this year, Chery built a 50-vehicle test fleet of A5 hybrids that was loaned to Olympic officials duri

AddChery to debut A5 hybrid models at Olympics

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AddChery gets approval from Chinese gov't to start building hybrids this year

Chery has apparently been given the go ahead from authorities in Beijing to start building a new homegrown hybrid car based on their compact A5 sedan. The A5 hybrid is expected to go into production late in 2008 at a price that should start somewhere around $18,500. That sticker would put it well under a Prius or Civic Hybrid which run about $35,000 or more. Other than a 1.3L engine nothing else is known about the Chery hybrid system. Chery will be providing fifty cars for the use of officials d

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