Chery Alado, a joint venture founded by China’s Chery Automobile Co., Ltd. and Malaysia’s Alado Corp. Sdn Bhd, launched its new CKD (Completely Knocked Down) Tiggo sports utility vehicle in Kuala Lumpur on June 16, Xinhua News Agency reported.
It is the fourth model Chery introduced into Malaysia. Variants include the Tiggo SUV 2.0L AT and 1.6L MT.
The Chinese automaker earlier introduced into Malaysia three models – Easter MPV CKD, Tiggo SUV CBU (Completely Built Up) and A530 CBU, said Zhou Biren, head of Chery International and vice president of Chery Automobile.
Sdn Bhd Meng Tao, CEO of Chery Alado, said the company would continue to introduce new models into Malaysian market to strengthen the cooperation between China and Malaysia in economy and trade, while constantly contributing to the local automobile industry.
The Chery Tiggo SUV is equipped with 2.0-liter ACTECO engine and its chassis is designed by Lotus from Britain.
Chery Alado said that it would bring the Tiggo SUV bullet-proof model into Malaysia in the near future. The joint venture believed the bullet-proof model has market potential in Malaysia as it had been used to ensure the security of key personnel during the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Chery Alado was established in May 2008 to assemble and distribute CKD and CBU cars from Chery.
As the biggest Chinese independent automaker, Chery has set up assembly plants in Malaysia, Argentina, Vietnam, Indonesia, Russia and Iran with local partners.