WUHU (China): Despite a pandemic and global chip shortage restricting production capacity, Chinese automaker Chery Group saw a record-breaking 2021 with a new milestone of 961,926 vehicles sold (31.7% higher year-on-year).
In a statement, the automaker headquartered in Wuhu, Anhui province said the new sales milestone included exports of 269,154 vehicles (up 136.3% year-on-year).
This also meant the group continued to be the top Chinese passenger vehicle exporter, a record which it has held for 19 consecutive years.
According to the group, Chery has a global user base of over 10 million, including 1.95 million users outside China.
Chery attributes its growing global sales to the launch of the new Pro family models.
In Russia, where Chery cars are seen as value-for-money machines, the new Tiggo 8 Pro sport utility vehicle (SUV) won three awards namely The Most Popular Chinese SUV, The Most Technological SUV and The Media’s Favorite Medium-Sized SUV.
In Qatar, the Tiggo 7 Pro became the top selling SUV in its segment in less than six months, and also won the best-selling SUV award in Qatar in 2021.
Also, since its launch in Brazil in October 2021, the Chery Arizzo 6 Pro mid-sized sedan has won two authoritative industry awards in Brazil.
Meanwhile, Chery's 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol direct injection engine which delivers an impressive 258hp and 400Nm, recently won the 2021 "China Heart" Top 10 Engines Award.
The "China Heart" Top 10 Engines Award is billed as among the three authoritative engine awards in the world, including "Ward Top 10 Engines" and "International Engine of the Year".
In rigorious vehicle development processes, Chery cars undergo tests all year round around the world in countries such as Brazil, Saudi Arabia, Russia.
The test cover extreme working conditions such as extreme high and low temperatures, and meet all-weather test standards in different regions.
A globally unified production management system, the CPS (Chery Production Mode), aims for top product quality.
Chery maintains close cooperation with top automotive suppliers such as Bosch, Continental and Siemens.
In November 2021, Chery won the coveted gold medal which was the highest honour at the final selection of the 46th International Convention on Quality Control Circles (ICQCC), where the Chinese automaker was pitted against 904 teams from all over the world.
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