Chery Automobile Co. Ltd. has hired Wen Tianzhong, the former director of Toyota Motor Corp.'s Chinese Technology Center. Wen will be vice president-product quality and manufacturing for Chery, which aims to begin selling cars in the U.S. in January 2007 via Visionary Vehicles LLC, headed by automotive entrepreneur Malcolm Bricklin. (See related story: Bricklin Will Miss Initial Sales Target) “We have always admired Toyota's processes and assembly techniques as a model,” says Bricklin. ...

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