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Five in a row for Chery at the Quality Olympics

Representatives of Chery’s Quality Control and Vehicle Development divisions were called to the stage at this year’s Quality Olympics to receive a Gold Medal, their fifth in a row, for their contribution to the science of vehicle quality.

The Quality Olympics, as it is informally known in the automotive and engineering world, is officially called the International Convention on Quality Control Circles (ICQCC). This year’s event was held in Hyderabad in India and was attended by 5 000 delegates, both digitally and in person.

The ICQCC originated in the 1970s as a way of standardising quality rules and regulations and sharing the best practices between countries and regions.

Since its start, the ICQCC has become the de facto voice on quality standards and it is supported by organisations such as the China Association for Quality, Singapore Productivity Association, Japan Alliance for Science and Technology, and Korea Standardisation Association.

The 2021 Conference in Hyderabad was no exception and representatives from across the world, including the United States, South Korea, Japan, India and China attended talks, workshops and various presentations on cutting edge research in the field of quality.

One such research presentation was from the Quality Control team at Chery.

The presentation was themed “Reducing vehicle jitter in the development stage of new models”. It focussed on the small and often imperceptible jitter or shudder in some new vehicles, which often point to an unrefined drivetrain and which, according to Chery, is best dealt with in the design phase, rather than in the workshop.

The presentation documented Chery’s own efforts to overcome some inherent mechanical challenges that are natural in all vehicles to drive down their jitter failure rate to only 0.25%. This not only signals a very refined and well-designed drivetrain, but also ensures greatly improved driving quality in all conditions and all stages of the vehicle’s life.

Chery presented their work in this field to delegates at the ICQCC and published a technical paper, which documents their research, results and suggested improvements to the benefit of the entire industry.

“Chery has always taken the user-centred approach to improve the product and marketing experience, and constantly improves user satisfaction.

“In the 2021 China Vehicle Dependability Study (VDS) report released by JD Power, the Chery Tiggo 2 Pro topped the list of Chinese mini-SUVs by an significant margin, reflecting Chery’s ultra-high quality,” says Tony Liu, Executive Deputy General Manager of Chery South Africa.

With its fifth ICQCC Gold Medal in hand, Chery will continue to focus on developing the best possible quality in its cars and SUVs.

This will no doubt help it to sustain its incredible growth across international markets as it has done this year.

Chery increased vehicle exports by 145,7% in the first eight months of this year compared to the same period last year and thereby set a new overall record of 212 959 vehicles exported from China in a single year.

Source: chery.co.za

Chery accelerates technological advancement with Chery 4.0

Chery has reaffirmed its commitment to developing and improving on all types of vehicle propulsion with the recent launch of its Chery 4.0 programme.

Named Chery 4.0 Full-field Power Architecture for its reference to four distinct types of propulsion, the programme commits Chery and its thousands of research and development engineers to the development of fuel, hybrid, pure electric and hydrogen power plants. This programme will run from 2021 to 2030.

“The most important part of this new promise of technological development is our commitment to development. Put differently, we are not simply saying that we will continue to manufacture these four distinct types of propulsion, but we will improve on them at every step,” says Tony Liu, Executive Deputy General Manager of Chery South Africa.

Liu explains that, for instance, in the case of internal combustion and hybrid engines, Chery has been able to increase these engines’ thermal efficiency to 45%. Not only is this level of thermal efficiency well above the industry standard, but it also allowed Chery to offer fuel savings compared to traditional engines and first-generation hybrid systems, by up to 95%.

Chery’s single-minded commitment to developing the best possible propulsion systems was recognised at this year’s China Heart Engine Awards.

China Heart is considered one of the three most authoritative engine awards, alongside the Ward Top Ten Engine Awards and the International Engine of the Year Awards. It has been held for the past 16 years and have featured 9 of Chery’s proprietary engines in the Top 10 Awards.

This year, the awards went one step further by picking the new Chery 2.0T GDI engine as its overall winner.

This petrol engine uses Chery’s second-generation i-HEC combustion system and an ultra-high direct injection system of 350 bars to deliver an impressive 192 kW and 400 Nm of torque. Importantly, the engine has a maximum thermal efficiency of 41%, making it one of the most efficient and strongest pound-for-pound engines in the competition and arguably in the world.

The winning 2.0T GDI engine follows earlier news that Chery has set a new standard for a full hybrid system.

This new Chery Hybrid System uses three electric motors to offer full four-wheel drive, a 0-100 km acceleration in less than five seconds and an average fuel consumption figure of less than 1 litre per 100 km.

The Chery Hybrid system has nine distinct working modes and 11 combined gears for the most optimal performance in any situation.

“With so many innovations, real-world performance and fuel consumption figures that have rarely been seen before and the promise of even more innovation in the new future, Chery has earned the moniker of ‘Technological Chery’ in China. We look forward to showcasing these technologies to our South African customers,” says Liu.

A range of new internal combustion, hybrid and electric options is available on the Tiggo 8 Pro, which is also earmarked for South Africa in 2022.

Source: chery.co.za

First impressions last – Chery launches Tiggo 4 Pro

  • Urban, Comfort, Elite and SE spec levels offer something for everyone
  • Normally aspirated and turbo engines available
  • 1-million-kilometre engine warranty added free of charge!

Chery is entering the compact SUV segment – arguably one of the country’s most hotly contested segments – with a winning combination of style, luxury, and performance.

The company launched the Chery Tiggo 4 Pro with a choice of two petrol engines, three transmissions and three different specification levels. A Special Edition tops the range and adds even more luxury to the standard Urban, Comfort and Elite models.

“There has been a lot of anticipation for the official entry of Chery Automotive to South Africa. We believe that the Tiggo 4 Pro is the perfect foil with which to enter this market, thanks to its highly competitive price positioning, it‘s high specification level and its head-turning design,” says Tony Liu, Executive Deputy General Manager of Chery South Africa.

Designed to turn heads

There will be no mistaking the Chery Tiggo 4 Pro for any other compact SUV on local roads.

The new model is the flag bearer of Chery’s new design language and proudly carries the Chery logo and large hexagonal grille with unique diamond pattern.

The grille is designed with a multitude of diamond-shaped holes, which narrow towards the logo at the top of the grille to create a three-dimensional effect. Each individual diamond is fitted with chrome brightwork to give the Tiggo 4 Pro a distinct upmarket look and road presence.

The grille is flanked by automatic headlamps – standard across the range – and LED daytime running lights. The lights – halogen on normally aspirated models and LED on turbo models – are contained in clear housings with a bright background dubbed the Chery Crystal Diamond lens design.

A muscular bonnet with strong creases and a lower mounted bumper with additional air intakes and a faux strike plate design round off the top and bottom of the front design.

On the flanks, the Tiggo 4 Pro has deeply sculpted creases above a moulded side skirt, with equally sculpted creases over the front fender and flowing from the rear door handles over the rear fender. These design elements and the standard integrated roof rails combine to create a dynamic and sporty design.

It is worth noting that all models have electrically adjustable side mirrors with integrated LED turn signals, while Elite models’ mirrors can also electrically fold inwards in tight spaces.

At the rear, the LED rear lights are housed in sculpted housings that are hollowed out in the middle for a three-dimensional visual effect and to house the brake and main lights and dual rear fog lamps. A chrome strip and large Chery logo connect the rear lights that are fitted above a faux strike plate and dual chromed exhaust outlets.

A high-level LED brake light bar, roof mounted antenna fin and spoiler round off the rear design.

The Chery Tiggo Pro 4 will be fitted with alloy wheels across the range. The Urban and Comfort models are shod with 215/65 rubber on 16-inch alloy wheels, while the Elite and Elite Special Edition (SE) models have 17-inch machined alloy wheels with a dark chrome finish and 215/60 tyres.

Ground clearance varies between 170 mm and 180 mm, depending on the choice of wheel and tyre.

Proprietary petrol performance

Before climbing into the luxury cabin of the Chery Tiggo 4 Pro, it is worth noting that customers will have the option of two in-house designed 1.5 litre, four-cylinder petrol engines.

The Urban and Comfort specification grades offer the normally aspirated 1.5 litre engine, with 83 kW at 6 150 rpm and 138 Nm of torque at 4 000 rpm. In the case of the Urban grade, the power is delivered to the front wheels through a five-speed manual transmission. The Comfort model is fitted with Chery’s smooth, continuously variable transmission with paddle shifts for manual override mode.

Customers who opt to step up to the Elite and Elite SE model grade have the choice of either a manual transmission with six speeds or the CVT transmission. These models also replace the normally aspirated four-cylinder for a powerful 1.5 turbo-petrol engine.

The Chery 1.5T delivers 108 kW at 5 500 rpm and a maximum torque of 210 in a wide engine speed band between 1 750 rpm and 4 000 rpm.

CVT models fitted with the turbo-petrol engine also have a special Driving Mode selection between Standard, Economical (Eco) and Sport and accompanying steering adjustment modes between Eco and Sport.

Adding to the Tiggo 4’s pedigree are ABS and Electronic Brake Force equipped disk brakes all round with an electronic parking brake, as well as a full complement of electronic vehicle safety systems. These include Electronic Stability Programme (ESP), Traction Control (TCS), Roll Stability Control (RCS), Hill Descent Control (HDC) and Hill Assist. All these features are standard across the range.

Digital luxury abounds

While the design and performance of the Tiggo 4 Pro will hold its own in a very crowded SUV market, the interior luxury is what will make it truly stand out.

All Tiggo 4 Pro models have a digital instrument cluster with multi-information readout. On the normally aspirated models, this screen is 3.5” wide with high-definition colours.

The turbo models swop this digital cluster for one double its size. The 7” version not only increases the information real estate, but it offers more display and customisation options, including displaying more information from the mobile phone.

What doesn’t differ between any of the Tiggo 4 Pro models is the beautiful, fast and touch-responsive 10.25” central infotainment system. This system is equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, two USB ports in the front and one in the rear, a DVD player and Bluetooth hands-free connectivity. This system also displays the image from the reverse camera on all but the entry-level Urban model.

In the normally aspirated Urban and Comfort models, the infotainment system is linked to four speakers, while the Elite versions add two more speakers for a more immersive sound experience.

Elite versions also have intelligent voice control built in, with a special semantic processing system that understands many different accents and pronunciations.

Urban and Comfort models are further fitted with a high-output air conditioning system, while the Elite models exchange this for a dual-zone climate control system and standard sunroof. All models have rear air conditioning ducts and are fitted with a sensitive clean-air filter system.[i]

Lastly, the Elite models have full leather upholstery with an electrically adjustable driver’s seat.

A truly Special Edition

While all models, and especially the Elite models, have a very high level of standard equipment and luxuries, the Elite SE makes no compromises.

Stylistically, the SE model adds red detailing on the exterior design. Coupled with both the standard and metallic colours, this red detailing above the front and rear skid plates on the side skirts and the brake callipers ensure that the Tiggo 4 Pro SE stands out from even its siblings.

Inside the cabin, Chery has repeated the red detailing in the contrasting stitching, the door handles and the lower section of the dashboard. Discreet, adjustable, and multi-colour LED lighting inside the cabin is also added as standard to this model.

Rounding off the SE package are puddle lights in the side mirrors and special threshold welcome lights for the driver and front passenger.

Safety and security built in

All Chery models offer a high level of passive and dynamic safety.

All models have all the electronic safety equipment mentioned earlier, including TRC and ESP.

All models also offer keyless access and a Start / Stop button. The Tiggo 4 Pro will lock and unlock automatically as you approach or leave the vehicle, and doors will lock automatically as you drive away.

All models also have a child lock system, a vehicle immobiliser and alarm system and at least two airbags. Elite models are further equipped with front side and curtain airbags for a total of six. These models also have a tyre pressure monitoring system for additional dynamic safety.

Unmatched peace of mind

To add additional peace of mind to customers who opt for one of the modern and stylish Tiggo 4 Pro models, Chery has announced an unmatched 10-year / 1-million-kilometre engine warranty (see separate release).

All Chery Tiggo 4 Pro models are also sold with a 5 year / 60 000 km service plan as standard.

Customers who are keen to view and test the new Chery Tiggo 4 Pro model are invited to visit any of the 30 brand-new Chery dealerships across South Africa.

A full list of Chery dealers is available at www.chery.co.za.

Model range

Chery Tiggo 4 Pro 1.5 Urban (5MT)

Chery Tiggo 4 Pro 1.5 Comfort (CVT 9SPD)

Chery Tiggo 4 Pro 1.5 Elite (6MT)

Chery Tiggo 4 Pro 1.5 Elite (CVT 9 SPD)

Chery Tiggo 4 Pro 1.5 Elite SE (CVT 9SPD)

Source: chery.co.za

Chery launches industry-leading warranty

Chery South Africa is giving South African motorists a million reasons to choose its modern and stylish SUVs.

The company launched its Tiggo 4 Pro with an astonishing 10-year or 1-million-kilometre engine warranty. This beats not only the best industry warranties by 40% but the distance covered is better by a factor of five.

The warranty has two elements. A standard 5-year / 150 000 km factory warranty applies to all new Tiggo 4 Pro models sold. This warranty remains with the vehicle.

The second, a free extension for another 5 years and a massive 850 000 km focussed on the engine, is added automatically at the end of the first warranty, provided that the vehicle is still owned by the original owner.

As is the standard practice throughout the industry, the warranty requires the service and repair of the vehicle by Chery Dealerships, within Chery standards and using original Chery parts and components.

Added to this incredible warranty, Chery recently announced its agreement with the Automobile Association of South Africa to provide roadside assistance and support for five years unlimited kilometres. This means that Chery owners can expect roadside support – with services ranging from help with flat tyres or batteries to safe overnight vehicle storage in case of an accident.

“In the past decade, Chery has completely reinvented itself as a global design, engineering and manufacturing powerhouse.

“Modern Chery vehicles not only represent the best on offer in terms of technology and performance, but they do so while meeting CNCAP five-star safety standards and with in-house developed engine and drivetrain technology,” says Tony Liu, Executive Deputy General Manager of Chery South Africa.

At the same time, explains Liu, Chery has partnered with industry leaders like Aisin, Getrag, Bosch and Schaeffler to perfect its internal combustion, hybrid and all-electric powertrains. All this forms part of Chery’s 457 plan, which will see Chery focus on four new energy product platforms, five universal subsystems and seven core technologies, including all types of propulsion.

“We have invested heavily in our own capabilities and now employ over 5 500 people in our Research and Development department that now develops everything from traditional petrol engines to all-electric powertrains, hydrogen systems and even aeronautical engines.

“It is with this in mind that we are supremely confident in offering this decade-long, 1-million-kilometre engine warranty,” says Liu.

To start with, Chery has partnered with 30 dealers across South Africa. It will soon expand its partnership to more dealers with the aim of offering complete coverage of all the major towns and cities and having Chery technical specialists close to all owners for services and warranty support.

“We hope the 1-million-kilometre engine warranty will set the benchmark and that our service and parts support through our dealer network will seal the deal. There is now no reason at all not to test drive a Chery Tiggo 4 Pro,” says Liu.

Source: chery.co.za

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