The new alliance between Chery and Chrysler LLC is up and running, but it be a while before the cars spawned by the collaboration will reach showrooms in the
Lin Zhang, general manager of Chery's International operations, said the work on the alliance is just getting started and declined to make make any predictions about when a Chery-built Chrysler will reach
"We don't have any kind of timetable yet for entry into the
Frank Klegon, Chrysler's executive vice president for vehicle development, said in an interview that vehicles built by Chinese automakers don't yet meet very tough
"It will be a whole new vehicle," he said. The smallish B-car from Chery will give Chrysler an entry into a growing market around the globe, including the
Chrysler officials said last summer they hoped to be selling about 100,000-Chery-made vehicles in North America and
Meanwhile, Chery, which now has recruited 2000 engineers, is pushing ahead with other projects designed to help it become
"It has very strong leadership and a very strong workforce," Zhang said.
Chery is also reaching out to well-established suppliers in the
Michael Dunne, managing director
"If you believe good leadership makes a difference in the automobile business, and I believe it does, than Chery is in a strong position," he said.
While it’s still relatively small on global scale, Chery ranks 27th among the world’s automakers, and it is clearly the company furthest along in reaching the Chinese government’s goal of building a global automaker, Dunne added.
"Chery is on a level all of its own. It's way out in front of its (Chinese) competition," he said.
The homegrown Chinese companies, such as Chery,
"Brilliance is another company to watch because by working with BMW it has greatly improved its quality," Dunne said.
Another Chinese automaker, BYD, while quite small, is owned by an entrepreneur whose company is the largest maker of cell-phone batteries.
"They are quite interested in making electric vehicles. This is another company to watch," he said. "The Chinese companies are small but they're audacious," he said.
Until now, the conventional wisdom involving
Chrysler, Chery Ink Subcompact Deal by Joseph Szczesny (7/9/2007)
New subcompacts coming by 2009.
Chrysler Drops Magnum, Pacifica and More by TCC Team (11/1/2007)
Company trims 12,000 jobs on top of cuts.