WORDS: Marc Celis
In recent years, cars have become more powerful and complicated, not to mention a lot pricier, too. In these tough times, it’s great to meet a new face in the auto economy line: Chana Benni. The Benni is packed with an impressive list of standard features: an electric power steering system, driver’s airbag, and air lock braking system. Inside, the power windows and door locks are supplemented by a 1-DIN stereo/CD with a four-speaker system, a split-fold rear bench with luggage cover, a digital trip meter with fancy day/night reversing lighting scheme and a keyless entry system.
While Benni’s smaller engine doesn’t exactly measure up with today’s standards, it thrashes 84 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 110 Nm at 3,500 rpm. It’s makers, Focus Ventures, even quotes a fuel economy mileage of 22.72 kilometers per liter. Although Chana cannot boast to be the first Chinese car brand in the Philippines, the Benni can actually set the benchmark in quality. Sure, other Chinese cars are recognized for being wallet friendly. But the Benni offers a more modern design and execution while maintaining a very palatable price.