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Townsville Bulletin - - Nurrse -

THE price is right on Chinese pas­sen­ger car to hit the road in Aus­tralia al­ways had to be cheap to make an im­pact, and the bot­tom line is just $ 11,990 — and that’s on the road. The value is un­ques­tion­able. The J1 is the new Aus­tralian price leader, and the deal in­cludes 24/ 7 road­side as­sis­tance for the en­tire pe­riod of the three-year, 100,000km war­ranty. But the J1 is play­ing catch-up and not just be­cause Ch­ery of China came to car­mak­ing later than the Ja­panese and Korean brands that now dom­i­nate in Aus­tralia. Sim­ply, qual­ity on the car is well be­low ac­cepted stan­dard in lo­cal show­rooms. And the J1 also needs some en­gine-room tweak­ing be­fore per­for­mance is up to par. Ch­ery is China’s largest in­de­pen­dent ve­hi­cle man­u­fac­turer, fac­to­ries and a trans­mis­sion plant. To­tal pro­duc­tion last year was 680,000 ve­hi­cles. It has am­bi­tious ex­port plans and a use­ful test case. Ch­ery im­porter, Ateco Au­to­mo­tive, be­lieves the dol­lar deal on the J1 will be more than good enough to draw plenty of buy­ers and it has al­ready forced Suzuki to match the bot­tom line with its tiny Alto. Ateco has al­ready proven the point with the Great Wall SUV and utes it also han­dles and has big plans for both Chinese brands over the com­ing years. It’s im­pos­si­ble to fault the J1 on the value front. It costs a miserly $ 11,990, in­clud­ing on-road costs, and the deal pro­vides two airbags, ABS brakes, air­con­di­tion­ing, power steer­ing, re­mote key­less en­try, al­loy wheels, power mir­rors and front elec­tric win­dows. And the car’s sound sys­tem is MP3 com­pat­i­ble. The most im­por­tant miss­ing in­gre­di­ent is ESP sta­bil­ity con­trol, which means it can’t be sold in Vic­to­ria. But there’s no Blue­tooth, ei­ther. Rat­ing the value means lin­ing it up against the smaller — but bet­ter at $ 11,990 drive-away to match the Ch­ery.

The Chinese car also needs to be com­pared to some­thing like the im­pres­sive new Nis­san Mi­cra. The J1 is nearly 30 per cent cheaper than the Nis­san, and that says a lot. Noth­ing too spe­cial: It’s a with a 1.3-litre baby en­gine, space gear­box work­ing the front wheels. `` Ch­ery is known for its fo­cus on con­stant in­no­va­tion and drive to­wards bet­ter qual­ity, wellap­pointed cars at an affordable price,’’ says Ateco Au­to­mo­tive

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