UPDATE: The CM8 has been launched in Malaysia as the Chana Era CM8, the cheapest 7-seater in Malaysia with a price tag starting from under RM40k.

ChangAn Auto Group, based in Chongqing, China has completed negotiations with a Malaysian company to build it’s ChangAn CM8 here in Malaysia. An agreement was signed this week on investing and building an assembly plant for the vehicle. ChangAn Auto is the fourth-largest producer of automobiles in China as of 2005.

ChangAn Auto classifies the CM8 as an MPW. In their own words, “MP” stands for multipurpose while “W” represents agility and space. I think W is supposed to be Wagon?

The car is powered by either a 1.3 (80hp at 6000rpm, 102Nm at 4500rpm) or 1.6 engine (96hp at 6000rpm, 135Nm at 3000rpm), which should prove to be economical, something in the Toyota Avanza class of vehicle.