Chery B240 MPV back in Malaysia as a locally assembled car and it is now called the Chery Eastar. The locally assembled Chery Eastar MPV will roll out of Oriental Assembler Sdn Bhd factory in Johor, but a new CKD plant will be installed and running in Pekan, Pahang, late in 2009.
The Pekan plant will have an investment of over RM50 million in equipment and begin assembly of 100,000 Chery vehicles a year, including 10 models such as hybrids, SUVs, MPVs and prestige cars.
Chairman Tan Sri Chery Alado Sdn Bhd's Cam Soh Thiam Hong, more details on the installation will be announced in the next two months, in cooperation with its joint venture partners which include a GLC. "Malaysia is the largest passenger car market in ASEAN and also the important link for Chery to market other ASEAN countries. We currently have 7 other overseas factories in countries like Russia, Iran, Egypt and more factories in Argentina and abroad to speed up in the next 2 years ", said President Chinese automaker Chery Automobile Co. Ltd. Yin Tongyao.
Chery currently exports 120,000 vehicles per year and plans to hit 400,000 vehicles in 2010. As it is, Malaysian plant will export 30% of its Chery Eastar production to countries like Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore and Australia. Local sales of the MPV is expected to reach between 120 to 200 units per Mon
Under the hood of the 7-seater Chery Eastar MPV is 2.4 liter SOHC Mitsubishi long motorsport produced relatively quiet 127 hp at 5,500 rpm and 198Nm of torque at 3000 rpm. It is a very conservative base tuned engine (SOHC, 9:1 compression), not much power for travel, but relatively easy to maintain. It is linked to a 4-speed automatic transmission with manual transmission. The MPV measures 4662mm long, 1820mm wide and 1590mm high with a wheelbase of 2800mm long.
The new Chery Eastar costs RM79, 888 for the standard version and RM86, 888 for the highest-Spec. The standard version includes LED taillights, indicators on the side mirrors, round disc brakes, a radio cassette player with 6 speakers, manual windows and 16 "wheels of steel, while the Premium version adds a CD player with MP3, steering wheel audio controls , ABS brakes, traction control, power windows on all four doors, dual SRS airbags and front wheels 16 "alloy. Other options are 18-inch alloy wheels and an NGV kit.
The high-spec version adds It comes with 1 years free service (for the first 1000 copies sold) and a 3 years warranty 2.