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Bubble pops for Chery QQ3

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Motus will continue to honour warranties on Fotons and Cherys, and provide after-sales support along with spare parts

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THE COUNTRY’S cheapest car, the Chery QQ3, has quietly slipped off the market and the Chinese brand is no longer importing cars to South Africa.

Chinese-built Foton bakkies have also been discontinued in SA.

Both brands were imported by Motus, the Imperial division which is also responsible for distributing Renaults, Kias and Hyundais. Motus will continue to honour warranties on Fotons and Cherys, and provide after-sales support along with spare parts.

The entry-level Chery 800cc TE, priced at R99 995, was SA’s most affordable car and the only one to sell for under R100 000. It was launched here in 2008 and Chery’s range also included the larger J2 and J3 hatchbacks, the Tiggo small SUV and the P10 minibus.

However, the QQ3, which lacked key safety features like airbags or ABS brakes, garnered bad publicity in November last year when it scored zero stars in a crash test of South African budget cars.

The Foton line up comprised the Tunland one ton bakkie in single- and double-cab variants.

For more information, existing Foton and Chery owners can call the hotline on 0861 757 555.