Saturday, May 10, 2008

Chana CM8

What brand new car will you buy if you have 500,000 pesos to spare?
A funky single person can buy a Kia Picanto for 500,000 pesos while a family person planning to have 4 kids and a nanny can buy the Chana CM8 for 495,000 pesos.

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Pinoys have come to know the Kia Picanto and this car has already earned a good reputation in Europe. But who and what is Chana?

Chana is the latest Chinese car company to offer its product portfolio in Pinoy shores. They've been making cars since the 1920's and has partnered with Ford, Suzuki and Mazda to manufacture their brands in China. So they have the capability to make excellent cars that meet the high quality standards of the big American and Japanese car brands that paired with them. They also make vehicles sporting their own emblem and the Chana CM8 is one of them.

This mini-MPV is slightly longer than the Kia Picanto and shorter than a Honda Civic or Mitsubishi Lancer but boasts of 7 seats (2-2-3 seating configuration) , 2 sliding doors, hatchback, 14" alloy wheels, dual air-con, AM/FM/CD/MP3 player, 4 speakers, keyless entry, power steering/door locks/windows, fog lamps, third brake lights and a potential to carry bigger loads than what the Civic or Lancer can carry with it's trunk closed. A gas range, a washing machine or a stationary excercise bike can easily fit in it.


Lets do a comparison with other cars around it's price range.

  • The Chana CM8 is cheaper than a Kia Picanto and can seat more people and carry more load. If you want a Picanto equivalent, check out the Channa Benni. It's a 5-seater sub-compact that costs 438,000 pesos and comes with significantly more features than a Picanto such as ABS, driver side airbag, keyless entry, anti-theft system, fog lamps, rear wiper, rear window defogger and alloy wheels.
  • The Chana CM8 has the same seating capacity as a Suzuki APV Type II but is 280,000 pesos cheaper and consumes less gasoline with its 1.3L engine.
  • The 1.3L engine of a fully laden Chana CM8 has the same kilogram load per horsepower as a fully laden 1.6L Suzuki APV Type II and a fully laden 1.1L Kia Picanto. Kg per Nm of torque is also flat across all three vehicles so you can expect the same engine response.
  • If you have a fear of cars sporting the emblems of Chana, Kia or Suzuki, go for the common and proven Toyota Avanza 1.3L J variant for 592,000 pesos. It also seats 7 people and has more horses and torque per Kg of load but you have to live with manually opened windows, manual door locks, no keyless entry, no MP3 player, 14" steel rims and no fog lamps.

500k car comp

The Chana CM8 seems to be a practical car for a family man buying his first brand new car. But Chana still has to prove its durability and reliability in Pinoy roads as well as it's resale value. Let's wait and see.


1928-1948 Ford Shop Manuals said...

wow that's a cool car, many space to put other stuff, nice car model...nice post keep ti up...

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drich_e said...

Good Day. About the avanza's rival the APV, the Avanza J was P 592,000 right? There was a price that was lower than the Avanza that people don't know yet. The Vehicle is the APV GA. Is a base model just like that Avanza and the price is P 560,000 but the engine is still the same. Suzuki is a also a good car than chinese vehicles. For me, is very spacious than the avanza and thats really rivalry and no clear winner. Many perople are using suzuki and very popular in multicabs and family vans. I'm lokking forward to see my comments. Thanks