Brand-new for the 2014 model year, the Geely MK-Cross is an entry-level crossover built on the same platform as the MK sedan and hatchback. Despite sharing underpinnings and most of its styling cues with the said automobile, which has soldiered on essentially unchanged since 2006, the MK-Cross sports a more modern design, a revised interior, and options otherwise not available with the MK. It comes with standard airbags — quite the novelty for Chinese cars — and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
Its Chinese sticker would make it the cheapest production vehicle in the United States, even if it were to receive a host of additional upgrades to enable it to pass the NHTSA’s demanding safety tests. However, does it have what it takes to make an impact in one of the world’s largest crossover markets with stiff competition from Japanese manufacturers known for their reliability and safety? Keep reading to find out.
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The Geely GC2 is a hi-speced hatchback based on the LC, a compact five-door the Chinese automaker introduced in 2009. Recognizable for its unique exterior design, which the company describes as "bionic" and resembles a panda bear up front, the GC2 has been launched in several markets around the world as of 2014, including South America, Indonesia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Three different engines are available with the GC2, all sourced from the LC, along with a choice of two transmissions, including a manual and an automatic. The GC2 is also famous for becoming China’s first locally developed compact car to be awarded a five-star safety rating. It is also was named the safest Chinese hatchback in 2011.
Although the GC2 has yet to reach U.S. shores, Geely’s plans to brings some of its models to North America makes the little hatch a possible candidate for U.S. showrooms. But is the GC2 good enough to go against similar products from Ford or Honda? And will it have what it takes to pass America’s challenging safety tests? Read on to find out the answers to these questions.
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Geely’s large lineup is punctuated with cars from several classes and sizes. One of its smaller models is a tiny five-door called the Panda. In 2010 Geely took that same platform, added some height to the suspension to create a small soft-roader called it the GX2. Rather than a full-on crossover, the GX2 is more of a rugged hatch similar in line to what Subaru used to do with the Impreza-based Outback Sport.
For a Chinese car, there is a fairly substantial set of safety equipment including special additions to enhance pedestrian safety. The overall style of the GX2 is more interesting than most, and its quirky face could appeal to a huge audience of younger buyers here in the states if Geely ever decided to move the model over. The driveline choices do leave a bit to be desired, but with an exterior length that is 10 inches shorter than a Nissan Juke, its small size will help make the most of the tiny powerplants.
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When the Chinese company Geely was preparing to overhaul its lineup, it decided it needed a new small hatch in the same market as the cute and bubbly Panda. What it created was the GC5. This five-door super-mini started life as the Englon SC5-RV but has now been moved to the new naming scheme. It brings modern European styling from Giugiaro and new technology to the brand. Geely also claims that the GC5 sets new benchmarks in safety for the brand with a five-star C-CNAP score and a four-star Euro-NCAP rating.
With a peppy, 1.5-liter engine inside its small frame, foldable seats for maximum storage and a plethora of LCD screens and airbags, the Geely GC5 has all the right ingredients to be a solid competitor in the city-car class. Still, machines like the Mini Cooper, Fiat 500 and the Nissan Versa all tackle different levels of price and size that could put a substantial damper on sales of this new Geely.
Can the new Chinese car make up ground in the sales race against the entrenched brands that already sell thousands of cars a month? Would the GC5 be a good fit for the U.S. market if Geely decided to start selling cars in North America? We have all the information you need to make a decision after the break.
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The GC7 debuted to the world in 2012 and it is one of the newest cars manufactured by Chinese company Geely. According to Geely, the GC7 is a “high-performance business sedan” targeted squarely at the midsize market that is dominated by names like Accord, Camry, Jetta and more. The car was created to take on not only the Chinese domestic market, but the European market as well. With BYD targeting sales in the United States, Geely will surely follow suit.
The GC7 is the right size, has the right interior trim and technology,, and it features a collection of engine and transmission options that range from fuel efficient 1.5-liter units to larger and more powerful 2.4-liter engines. Transmissions include five and six-speed manuals, as well as a six-speed automatic.
The car has been doing decently in the Euro markets, but how would the GC7 fair on North American soil? We have collected all the relevant information about this mainstream sedan after the break to help come to a decision.
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The Emgrand 7 sedan from Geely made its debut in 2009. The car was designed to be the Chinese company’s first powerful move into creating cars for the European market. If you want to make it in the EU, you need more than style and safety ratings though; you need five-doors. European nations are renowned for their love of the hatch so in 2010, one year after the 7 Sedan deputed, Geely introduced the Emgrand 7 RV hatch.
It features the same overall styling cues, same interior equipment and the same four-star Euro-NCAP safety score, but it adds just a dash more cargo space and a rear hatch to create a machine that is better suited to families looking for enhanced space and capability in their vehicles.
With a plethora of hatches now on sale here in the United States like the Focus, Golf, and Mazda 3 among others, does the Geely Emgrand 7 RV have what it takes to sway buyers? Read more about this five-door after the break and let us know what you think.
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The Geely Emgrand 7 is one of the most important export cars for the Chinese brand. The car itself has been designed to appeal to European tastes, regulations and safety expectations. As it stands the Emgrand 7 is the only car that was Chinese designed and built to score a four-star rating in the Euro NCAP crash test ratings. The Emgrand 7 debuted in 2009 and has carried on unchanged since that date. There is no refresh in site as we head into the 2014 model year.
A pair of fuel efficient engines and a pair of transmission options ensure that there are plenty of choices to meet the varied demands found across the Chinese and European markets. There is even a five-door variant of the 7 called the RV for buyers who need a bit more space.
Is the Emgrand 7 a good car for Geely to enter the U.S. market with? It has the spaciousness to match many of the current competitors, but a rock bottom price could help score it extra sales. Take a closer look at all the features of the Geely Emgrand 7 below and let us know in the comments if you think this seems like a good candidate for North America.
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