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EVs still on the agenda for Oz: Ateco

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Pioneering car importer Ateco still to bring electric cars to Oz

3 2011

AUSTRALIAN importer of Wall and Chery cars China, Ateco Automotive, has that it is still looking to Chinese electric vehicles Under.

Ateco Group director Neville Crichton GoAuto last year he expected to release an electric car in by 2011 but at the time could not details of the EV model or even its although he conceded that was in negotiations with other including one from India.

Chinese brands spokesman Cotterill said today EVs were certainly still on the , but that he was unable to confirm a for their arrival or whether the EV be from one of Ateco s existing Great Wall or Chery.

Chery, through its premium brand, displayed an electric sedan in conjunction with EV firm Better Place year s Beijing motor China s number one lithium-ion maker and car-maker BYD already has EVs in production.

From top: J3 sedan, Great Wall Great Wall V240.

It s to say that we have people as we speak in China talking to a of manufacturers. It s constant, he said.

Mr went on to explain that Ateco pioneered the importation of cars to Australia, vehicle in the world s largest automotive have been more to exporting their wares.

Since we ve had some success in country, particularly with Wall, it seems to have the attention of the Chinese.

They ve all the export figures and we could end up, whether it s with an EV or some sort of vehicle, (with a from just about

Meanwhile, the Corolla-sized Chery J3 is to reach Aussie showrooms, as are variants of Great Wall s SUV and V-series ute.

According to three Chery J3s were in Australia in June.

Mr Cotterill they were being for testing the fit of accessories and that of thing , although he could not a precise date of the car s showroom other than it s imminent .

As GoAuto has reported, the J3 is built in and sedan format, with a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol under the bonnet and a five-speed transmission.

Like the rest of s Chinese passenger car range, a simple model line-up plenty of equipment and only a range options.

No pricing has confirmed, but the J3 is likely to compete on with the likes of Malaysian-built Persona sedan (from drive-away) and the related Gen.2 (from $15,990 drive-away).

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imminent is long-awaited diesel from Ateco s Chinese ute and SUV Great Wall, with the 2.0-litre diesel X200 the petrol X240 in the SUV line-up and with six-speed manual or, for the time, a five-speed automatic

The diesel ute badged V200 get the same engine as its SUV sibling but is to get self-shifter. Both petrol will remain unchanged and to be available only with manual transmissions.

Mr Cotterill diesels were the next big for Ateco in terms of progress in the We re quietly optimistic that it have a positive impact on for us, he said.

Again, the arrival of SUVs and utes is imminent , no specific release date. Mr Cotterill said the utes arrive soon ahead of the

Asked if specific Great models revealed in China make it to Australia, Mr Cotterill refreshing the model line-up was a in progress.

He said that each Chinese manufacturer had a model range, once had been narrowed to vehicles could be built in right-hand with ADR compliance, acceptable performance and were not too late in model cycle, the number could be brought to Australia to drop away very, quickly .

That said, he predicted an in Chinese vehicle brands as Great Wall which can 800,000 cars a year to specifically develop products for to western markets like

Inevitably they have to that way, he said. consumption will plateau and will seek to export.

the brand s launch in March, has sold 896 Chery vehicles and so far year, with the 642 J11 compact accounting for more than 70 per of the total.

Great Wall is enjoying a per cent sales increase on year, with 4555 Its best-seller is the X240 SUV on 1886 while the two-wheel drive ute is not far behind on 1609 units.

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