The Chery A5 – China’s First Hybrid Car

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It seems Chery is jumping into the hybrid arena to take on the hybrid heavy weight giants, Honda and Toyota, at their own game! Chery’s latest offering, the Chery A5 ISG (pictured below) is a gasoline/electric machine.

chery a5 1 The Chery A5   Chinas First Hybrid Car

The gasoline part of the engine is a tiny 1.3litre engine, the other half being electric battery powered, although Chery has yet to specify what kind of battery the Chery will actually use, but it has specified that the engine was designed by the Austrian company AVL. The A5 ISG, uses a high-powered integrated starter-generator to control certain elements, for example the idle-stop function and regenerative braking (this is where the brakes are used as dynamos to create electricity that can be used later.)

China Car Times believes that Chery’s A5 hybrid will become one of the most popular hybrids in China, as at present there is only a handful of hybrid cars available in China such as the Toyota Prius, the Prius high cost leave it a little expensive for most middle class Chinese, the Prius total cost in China is $40,000USD, almost double the cost of the same car in America, this is due to high taxes on imported engine parts from Japan to China. Yoshimi Inaba, the executive vice president of Toyota and its top executive in China was recently quoted by Detroit News as saying that Toyota’s original goal was to sell 3000 Prius per year, however, at the moment they are only selling 100 per month or 1200 per year. There is no news on the price of the A5 ISG, but China Car Times can guess at around the 100,000RMB mark.
It would be wise to point out, that despite China’s pollution problem, there is currently no tax breaks available for buyers of hybrid cars in China, the only reward a buyer would get would be the self satisfaction of helping to save the environment.

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7 Comments

  • hybrid man
    November 22, 2006

    Do you have any other pictures of this hybrid? Do you know if there are any plans to export this to the middle east?

  • John Brown / Hybrid Cars
    June 27, 2008

    Thanks for adding some measurements to your article.

  • nahla
    July 19, 2009

    can you tellmeabouy that model….cheryA5 with hiegh specification
    pleas ineed it somuch you can reply me on my e.mail

  • mustafa T.SA
    May 23, 2010

    I bought chery a5 2010

  • Adou doubara
    October 11, 2010

    It’s good to buy a brand new car. To be frank I didnot know that A520 could perform excellently. I bought one in 2009 (April 2nd)and I have been enjoying the ride. I have one problem with the spares in Nigeria (Port Harcourt) but i live in Yenagoa.

  • MORTEZA ARAGHI
    December 3, 2011

    HI.IM FROM IRAN I BY A KNEW CAR CHARY A5 FROM MODIRAN KHADRO.AT THE FIRST TIM IT HAS TOO MUCH PROBLEM.I REFARE TO MAINTANCE SERVIC MODIRAN KHAODRO BUT SOORY THY DIDNT&CANT REPAIR IT 1-THE 4 BIG SPRIG FROM BACKE&FORWARD
    HAS BIG NOSE WHEN THE WHEEL DROPE ON THE SMALE HOL.2-IT HAS DESTANCE BETWEN THE LIGTHS &FUSELAGE.3-THE ENGIN IS TOO WEACK..4-THE 4 WHEEL ARE THE SMAL SIZE.PLASE HELP ME
    WHAT MUST I DO. THE MODIRAN KHAODRO DOSENT HAVE ADORISE PERSONEL.

  • reza
    August 31, 2012

    wheels are small.

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