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Paul Gover tests and reviews the 2011 J1.

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The price is right on the J1. The first Chinese passenger car to hit the in Australia always had to be cheap to an impact, and the bottom line is $11,990 — on the road. The is unquestionable, the J1 is the new Australian price and the deal includes 24-7 assistance for the length of the three-year, warranty.

But the J1 is playing catch-up, and not because Chery of China to carmaking later than the and Korean brands that now in Australia. The quality on the car is well the accepted standard in local and the J1 also needs some room tweaking before the is up to par.

Chery is China s largest vehicle manufacturer with assembly lines, two engine a transmission plant and total last year of 680,000 It has ambitious export plans and is its first big target, and a useful case.

The local Chery — Ateco Automotive believes the dollar deal on the J1 be more than good to draw plenty of buyers, and it has forced Suzuki to match the line with its tiny Ateco has already proven the with the Great Wall and SUV it also handles and has big plans for Chinese brands in coming

It s impossible to fault the J1 on the value It costs a miserly $11,990, on-road costs, and the deal two airbags, ABS brakes, air-conditioning, steering, remote keyless alloy wheels, power and front electric windows. The system is MP3 compatible.

The most important missing is ESP stability control, which it cannot be sold in Victoria. But is no Bluetooth, either. Rating the means lining it up against the — but better finished Alto that starts at with a smaller engine but is sold at $11,990 driveaway to the Chery.

It also needs to be with something like the new Nissan Micra. The J1 is nearly 30 per cheaper than the Nissan, and says a lot.

There is special about the J1. It s a conventional hatchback with a 1.3-litre engine, space for five with a reasonable boot, and a manual gearbox working the wheels.

Chery is known for its focus on innovation and drive towards quality, well-appointed cars at an price, says Ric Hull, director of Ateco Automotive. So though, the J1 is a predictable — not — newcomer.

The J1 has a pleasing with a shape intended to cabin space, particularly in the seats. Adults have no about headroom in the little The dashboard shows a little and some youth focus, but the package is let down — — by plastic pieces don t match or fit together particularly

It s something the Chery team to fix, and fix fast, to satisfy Australian buyers. The sub-standard also includes body that are not properly painted and trim bits which do not do job properly or fit together well.

Ateco says the J1 is a work-in-progress, but buyers should not be made guinea pigs for Chery

No ESP is a big failing. But Ateco promises it be fitted no later than We re also waiting to see what when NCAP gets a J1 for serious independent crash

It definitely doesn t look a five-star car.

The Chery J1 is not the car on the road. Not by a long shot. In it is badly under-done in some We can understand the sub-standard quality Chery is moving into a new and tough car market in Australia, and buyers are snapping up anything wheels.

At least Chinese have a history of rapid and improvements.

But the J1 is also lacklustre to drive, to poor gearing and a body feels loose compared to baby-car choices. The Chery not like hills, or hill where it takes a lot of revs and clutch slip to get going.

Ateco promises a change to the ratio very soon. The also has a hanging throttle , that also blights Proton models, and it makes driving tough. There is no on any change there.

Even so, the J1 nicely enough, is quiet, has seats and — after all is very, very cheap. It is transport and people will buy the car it comes at a second-hand price new-car backup.

It is easy to the J1 and complain about what to be improved, but the Chery baby is a from the brand and China and knows things are only to get better.

VERDICT: A great deal, but not a car.

SCORE: 6/10 WE Price, price, price WE DON T Performance, quality, unproven

PRICE: $11,990 driveaway

1.3-litre four cylinder


ECONOMY: 6.7litres/100km


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