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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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 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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Geely may not sound too familiar to you, but its intentions of becoming an important player in the automotive world were pretty clear after has bought Volvo from Ford.
Now, the company wants to build the world’s cheapest car, a title that until now was carried by the Tata Nano. Moreover, the Geely plans to make its small city car significantly more efficient than its Indian rival, by throwing electric technologies into the mix.
The new car is named the IG (which stands for Intelligent Geely) and was received with opened arms by the public when made its big debut at Beijing in 2010.
The company said that the IG will have a starting price of only $2500 and it will be of better quality than the bare-bones Nano.
The electric model will be available since 2014 or 2015, featuring a lithium ion battery, an 80bhp/133lb ft electric motor and an estimated range of 93 miles. Additionally, the IG will be also offered with a conventional engine, which comes with 70 hp on tap.