Kapi-Mana News : October 18th 2011
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The J3 might take consumers back a few years in respect of the quality of its dynamics, crash per- formance -- three stars -- and hard plastic cabin architecture, but it appears to be well made, comes with a decent warranty and has safety features such as six airbags, reverse parking sensors and all-disc brakes equipped with anti-lock and adaptive brake force distribution. It also looks the goods, and therefore has the potential to be the first car to open our minds to the value that Chinese car brands represent, in much the same way as that first Elantra tore down the psychological barriers inhibiting the sales of Korean cars here. The timing of the J3 s arrival in New Zealand s new vehicle mar- ket could not be better. Not only have Korean brands moved upmarket, presumably to fund the huge advertising campaigns that are the prime focus of their marketing, but registrations of used imports have been slowed by the need for the vehicles to meet life-saving frontal impact standards. At $17,000, the J3 is substan- tially larger than every other new passenger car costing less than $20,000. It therefore has the poten- tial to fill holes created in the New Zealand motor market by both the reduced volume of used imports, as well as the trend in the pricing of Korean cars towards positions occupied by their Japanese competition, for the J3 s direct rivals on price are all little shoeboxes on wheels. But the buzz about the J3 s arrival is out of proportion to that generated by driving the car itself. It s simply the right-sized car at a paranormal price and level of specification, and not a lot else. However, those who have little experience of the advances in car design and engineering in the past five years are more likely to be impressed by their first test drive ofaJ3. The 1.6-litre petrol inline four is no great ball of fire, but it does offer 87 kilowatts of power and 147 Newton metres of torque at peaks close to the 6200rpm red line. Work the five-speed manual gearbox to target those high-rev peaks and the result is uphill acceleration that won t see the Chery holding up too much traffic in the overtaking lane. However, coarse-chip tarmac, the most common road surface in New Zealand, isn t the J3 s pre- ferred type of sealing. The interior noise levels rise enough to encourage you to turn up the volume of the car s MP3- ready audio system. At such times, the leather-clad seats, steering wheel and gear lever can t overcome the impression that this is a cheap car from a country not yet as famous for its automobiles as for making high-value Apple-branded electronics. Further reinforcement of that impression arrives at the pump. In laboratory tests, the J3 has used 8.9 litres per 100km over city/highway driving simulations. That s about the same as a 3.0 litre V6-powered Holden Commo- dore, with an automatic gearbox that the Chery lacks, although Ateco says automatic J3s will arrive in a couple of months. Still, remember the price. Similar-sized hatchbacks from Japanese and Korean brands cost about twice as much, a premium that should be enough to pay for the extra petrol required.
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