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An Audi clone based on a Chery spotted

By Rigval on 23 Dec 2011

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This folks is the China designed and manufactured Chery Eastar, or the Chery V5 MPV as it is named over in Singapore. Eastar is the name this budget MPV uses over in Malaysia. A shining star of the East. Something affordable for the Malaysian man who needs a ton of space yet cannot even afford a decent Toyota MPV due to the ridiculous foreign car taxes over in Malaysia. The Chery Eastar costs around ninety thousand Malaysian Ringgit and it surprisingly sells pretty well over in Malaysia. I suppose it sells because it is cheap and it does not look as ridiculous as the Indonesian designed Toyota Avanza budget MPV. And you would think that people in Malaysia who bought it would just leave it alone in its cheap and dreary make-up.

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But nooooo, this one person who bought one decided that the Chery, which is either a misspelled 'Cherry' or 'Cheery', should be an Audi. How ambitious, and quite an achievement as at first glance the front end does look like an Audi with that modified front bumper.

I thought it was an Audi A3 Plus, which is like the Golf Plus until you realise that Audi does not have any MPVs on sale anywhere in the world. Even in China. There are the sedans, the sportbacks, the hatchbacks, the wagons, the coupes and the SUVs, but no MPVs. But this little, actually very important fact must not have been known by the imaginative owner of this Chery Easter bunny. Or was it the Audiry V5 Easter Island.

Sometimes I wonder why would someone waste his hard earned money to try make his car into another more luxurious brand. It is actually a waste of the wad of cash as most people still know that the car isn't a luxury brand. Why not just go crazy and put a winged 'B' or the Rolls Royce Spirit of Ecstasy But let's give the owner of this Chery Easter Egg an 'A-' for effort anyway. Oh, the A-minus is there because he only has the Audi rings at the front of the MPV and nothing at the rear.

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Written by Rigval
Born in 1972. Married with a kid. Loves B-road drives and have driven cars from the 1950s to date.

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Nodtviedt Dec 23 2011 10:10 PM
notice the foreground reads... "Whatever lah"
4rings Dec 24 2011 01:19 AM
many people have installed the aftermarket LED lights to make their cars look like the newer Audi.
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