By on January 3, 2008

grand-punto.jpgWhen Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) bought Nanjing last month, Fiat pulled out of their money-losing joint venture with Nanjing. Now China Car Times reports Chery has announced they're creating a joint venture with Fiat in 2008. The partnership will produce the Fiat Linea, Bravo and Grand Punto for the Chinese market. Fiat and Chery already had an agreement to build Alfa Romeos for China and supply engines for Fiat. It'll be interesting to see if there's any bleed-over between the agreements between Chery and Fiat, and Chery and Chrysler. With Chery and Fiat wanting to get into the American market and Chrysler starved for small cars, it could be a ménage à trois made in heaven. Or the San Fernando Valley…

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10 Comments on “Chery Forms Joint Venture With Fiat...”

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    GM should sue Chery for stealing the Chevy name. When I first read the title of this I was really surprised and thought “Chevy? Shouldn’t that read GM?” Then I reread it and saw it was Chery. I think they just replaced the “v” with an “r” and said “now we oughta sell some cars. After all, Chevy used to sell more cars than anyone else” Bad logic, Chery, that was like 50 years ago.

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    “GM should sue Chery for stealing the Chevy name.”

    Yeah, GM should go over the China and use it’s courts to prevail over a local … lottsa luck!

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    IIRC, GM did sue or made some motions in that direction but was ‘convinced’ to settle.

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    GM should sue Chery for stealing the Chevy name.

    They registered a formal complaint with the company around the same time they were suing it for ripping off the design of the Chevy Spark to build the Chery QQ. It was such a total clone that body parts between the two were interchangable. Of course, with the total lack of intellectual property laws in China, Chevy didn’t have a leg to stand on.

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    Chrysler, Fiat and Chery

    can you imagine a car built by these three companies being reliable, having good resale, great looks and incredible performance?

    More like three sailors hanging onto the same peice of driftwood.

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    I guess I missed that story. Thanks for making me aware.

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    Well from my experience, if this joint venture should happen and NA would once again have access to Fiat’s great small cars it’d be great for you NA consumers! If Fiat made terrible cars in the 60s and 70s (and I wouldn’t disagree), starting from the 80s with the great little Uno they started getting their mojo back. And it’s not just me to say so, if you read Jeremy Clarkson reviews on-loine (as well as J Mays) they have enjoyed thouroughly Fiat’s latest offerings. In fact, Clarkson said of the Bravo that if you enjoyed driving you should get over the Golf (Rabbit in NA).


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    Yeah, “Qirui” is totally a rip off of “Xuefulan”. You can barely tell them apart.

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    tentacles: Your comment is probably too subtle for most of the readers, since they will not know that “Qirui” is the original name of the company in Chinese. Apparently, it was translated to “Cherry” but by accident the second “r” got left out.

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    Accident! Heck, they left that second “R” out on purpose, because materials cost ‘by the letter.’

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