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Brilliance is a Chinese brand that most of you have never heard of, but it exists, and the company even has a partnership with BMW on the former’s domestic market. Together with BMW, Brilliance owns half of BMW Brilliance, which is a joint venture that manufactures, distributes, and sells products of the German brand in China. The Asian corporation also owns a minibus company named Jinbei, which operates on its domestic market. You might think that Brilliance is a small player, but it had the capacity to built 800,000 cars in 2010, and it has since invested in expanding its capabilities. Back in 2007, Brilliance launched a model in Europe, the BS6, which was followed by the BS4. The first of them was crash-tested by Germany’s ADAC, which only gave it a star out of five for its performance. While Landwind was the first Chinese brand that attempted to sell vehicles in Europe and failed, Brilliance Auto got the unwanted change of being second. With the help of BMW, the employees at Brilliance might have a shot at developing models that could attain decent results in European crashworthiness tests, which is an important step that must be undertaken to guarantee a chance of success on the Old Continent. According to reports, the Brilliance V7 is set to become the brand’s most expensive model ever offered. With that in mind, along with BMW’s collaboration with this company, there is a chance that the Chinese might consider selling it in Europe. The latter hypothesis could explain why Brilliance bothers with testing its prototype in winter conditions in Europe, and this could be one of the reasons why they are undergoing these efforts. A look at the spyshots reveals a conventionally-designed SUV, with familiar shapes, but without any blatant copying of Western brands. It features a front grille that reminds us of an older off-roader from Mitsubishi, but with a twist in the form of a triangle-shaped element. Meanwhile, its front and rear lights do not resemble anything else on the European market.
Motorcity, the exclusive dealer of Chery vehicles in Bahrain, has launched the much anticipated 2018 Chery Tiggo 7; the sporty, youthful flagship SUV. The Chery Tiggo 7 is the latest addition to the Chery line-up, building on the success of its predecessors, and deriving its bold design from the concept car showcased in Geneva, the all-new compact SUV boasts dynamic style and comfort coupled with best in class safety and tech features. The dynamic SUV was awarded a C-ECAP gold medal evaluation with a high score of 81.31, earning itself the first place in “Green Certification”, proving Chery’s commitment to the environment and its forward looking strategy for sustainability. The car comes in 3 trims; a 2.0 Comfort, a 2.0 Luxury and a 1.5 Luxury, offering a unique option for any budget and preference, all built on the durable and dynamic Chery chassis. It comes standard with a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder producing 121HP and CVT automatic, and a 1.5-litre turbo 4-cylinder and dual-clutch automatic which produces an impressive 145HP. The new Chery features a dual-tone interior with a patch of stitched leatherette across the dashboard and onto the inner door handles, matching the leather seats. The 9-inch capacitive touchscreen includes multimedia features, a/c settings and vehicle settings, while there’s also a 4.8-inch LCD dashboard screen. Other available features include smart keyless entry and start, dual-zone auto a/c and 360-degree camera as well as a panoramic roof. The Tiggo 7 received a five-star safety rating in the Chinese NCAP crash tests, the Chinese equivalent of the EuroNCAP, which is the regular. Safety features include ABS with EBD, ESP, hill-start, tyre-pressure monitor and 6 airbags.
The new Beijing AutoBJ40L Plus has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 159.800 and ends at 189.800 yuan. The Beijing Auto BJ40 L Plus is a high end variant of the BJ40L. It is an additional model, not a facelift or a successor. The Plus comes with extra wide fender flares, making this Jeep clone suddenly look a lot more like a Hummer. This is the standard BJ40L. Price starts at 124.800 yuan and ends at 179.800 yuan. Engines are oldies from Saab: a 204 hp 2.0 turbo and a 250 hp 2.3 turbo. Beijing Auto Industrial Corporation (BAIC), the owner of the Beijing Auto brand, bought the rights to the Saab 2.0 turbo and Saab 2.3 turbo from GM in 2009, along with the rights to the platforms of the Saab 9-3 and first generation Saab 9-5. The Beijing Auto BJ40L Plus is available with both engines, mated to a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The Plus is seen here with part of the roof off. You can actually take if off entirely, which is really cool, if you have a place to store it. Not many people have, it seems, as I have never ever seen one roof-less on the road. The interior sees the biggest change compared to the standard car; the dashboard is completely new and fitted with a digital instrument panel, a 12.3 inch standing touch screen, round air vents, a wider center tunnel, and an electronic parking brake. It also has perforated panels to save weight an improve speed! Curb weight of the Bj40L Plus stands at 2055 kilo. The BJ40L badge on the back is in gold on this car. It was silver on the earlier press photos. A nice touch for a Plus, but also a bit messy, as the Beijing Auto badge below it is still in silver.
Chery has released the first images of the interior of their new flagship Chery Tiggo 8 SUV. The place looks very clean with a digital instrument panel and nice materials, but the main touch screen seems almost Volkswagen-small, especially compared to what BYD is doing. The instrument panel looks star ship, with a large central dial flanked by two smaller ones. The steering wheel is remarkable button-free. Chery hasn’t disclosed how large the screen is, but this really seems no better than 8 inches. We also have some new images of the Chery Tiggo 8 on the road, showing its big black beak. The Tiggo 8 seats seven. Power comes from a 1.5 turbo with 147 hp and 210 Nm, mated to a six-speed manual or a six-speed DCT. The engine is rather old and used in many other Chery’s. The 147 horses seem barely enough to propel a car as big as the Tiggo 8 to a decent speed.
Chery Tiggo is a compact SUV developed as an imitator of Toyota RAV4. By August 2012 half a million units had been sold since its release on March 22, 2005, making it one of the most successful cars produced by native automakers in China.
A Timeline of Chery Tiggo:
2005: Chery Tiggo hit the market on March 22, powered by a 2.0L or 2.4L Mitsubishi engine and sitting on a 2510mm wheelbase.
2006: Russia’s Avtotor started assembling Chery Tiggo in the state of Kaliningrad in April. Models with a 1.6L engine were launched in July. In November, a concept called Tiggo5 was unveiled at the Beijing motor show. On December 20, Chery announced a recalled 1,875 Tiggos over a defect in the cooling system.
2007: Tiggo6, a mid-size SUV styled by Bertone, was showcased in April at the Shanghai motor show. In the next month, Chery re-named the compact Tiggo SUV as Tiggo3 and added a new engine option (to the existing 1.6L, 2.0L, 2.4L ): a 97kW 1.8 liter; the Tiggo3 started to be marketed as a "New Concept Vehicle" or NCV. In November, Italy’s DR Motor unveiled the DR5, which is a re-styled Tiggo3 assembled locally.
2009: An all-electric version, the Tiggo3 EV, was introduced at the Shanghai motor show. Equipped with a 375V 80Ah lithium-ion battery pack and an electric motor that can put out up to 90kW of power, it can drive as fast as 130km/h and as far as 200km on one charge. The 2009 model of Tiggo3 went on sale in May with 1.6L/1.8L/2.0L engine options. In December, Tiggo DR, the Italian-styled Tiggo3 made in China, was released.
2010: Chery released a face-lifted Tiggo3, which was later named Tiggo Elite (Jingying) and employed a supercharged 100kW 1.6L engine.
2011: Tiggo Elite got an 1.6L DVVT engine and CVT, and was sold alongside the other two variants, Tiggo DR and Tiggo Classic. The three versions shared a 2510mm wheelbase but were styled differently.
2012: Chery recalled in August 18,875 Tiggos in the overseas markets over Asbestos parts.
2013: The next-gen Tiggo, called Tiggo5, hit showrooms on November 28. With 78,245 deliveries, Chery Tiggo was the 13th best-selling SUV of the year in China.
2014: the refreshed first-gen Tiggo went on sale as “Tiggo 3,” which is slotted below Tiggo 5. In this year, sales of Tiggo 3 reached 85,506, while 95,750 of the Tiggo 5 were delivered.