Chery Alado Automobile Sdn Bhd will start exporting the locally assembled Chery Eastar 2.0L MPV to Thailand and Indonesia, starting with 50 units to each country. By the end of 2010, Chery expects this figure to touch 500 units. Next export targets are Singapore and Brunei in 2011. The Eastar is put together at Oriental Assemblers in Johor alongside the Tiggo SUV.
The Eastar 2.0L made its debut here last month. Its 2.0-litre ACTECO engine was jointly developed by Chery and AVL of Austria, producing 134 bhp and 180 Nm. Paired to a four-speed automatic, this twin-cam unit will retire the dated 2.4-litre Mitsubishi 4G64 engine, which was an Eastar selling point that Chery Alado harped on previously. In Malaysia, the 2.0L ACTECO engine alone gets a 5-year or 200,000 km warranty (the rest of the car gets a 3-year/100,000 km warranty). It’s priced at RM79,998.
Chery has done quite well in Malaysia lately, spurred by the well received Eastar. Last year, Chery sold more than 1,800 vehicles, a 170% increase over 2008 figures. This year, they are targetting sales of over 5,000 units. The company plans to introduce three new models this year, including a compact car, to achieve that target. Looking at Chery’s range, this could possibly include the more modern looking A1 and A3 or the oddball QQ6.