Chinese car making giant Geely has been on the upswing in recent years, especially since it acquired renowned Swedish carmaker Volvo. Now the automaker’s offerings are becoming increasingly credible not just for the local Chinese market, but for a global market as well. Now, it’s now set to test international waters with an all-new compact electric vehicle called GE11. Revealed during a special event held in Shanghai a few days before the 2019 Geneva motor show started, the vehicle has been deemed quite convincing by the motoring journalism scene thanks to its mix of style and tech. In its current form (a pre-production prototype), it is actually one of the most aerodynamic cars in the world, but on top of that, it also looks good enough to come to Europe (both inside and out,) and it has decent credentials to back everything up.
Unlike most of Geely’s offerings, the GE11 was designed from the start with an international market in mind, and this is clearly reflected in its chic European-inspired looks and capability. Not all beans on the GE11 have been spilled, though, and we’re still waiting on official range, battery pack, and price information because these are crucial for us to gauge is future success or failure.
Geely introduced the MK in 2006 as a compact sedan slotted above the CK, which arrived a year earlier. Much like the CK, the MK remained largely unchanged since its launch, featuring the same styling cues inside and out for the 2014 model year. Sold in various Asian and Eastern European markets, as well as in Australia and New Zealand, the compact sedan is motivated by a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder powerplant shared with a host of other Geely products.
As Geely is considering bringing its cars and crossovers to the United States in the near future, we decided to have a closer look at the company’s current lineup. This time around is the MK’s turn to join these TopSpeed pages in a review that analyzes the potential of such a vehicle for the North American market. Read on to find out what the Geely MK is all about and whether or not it has what it takes to compete in one of America’s most crowded markets.
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The CK is a subcompact sedan Geely has been manufacturing since 2005. Based on a South Korean design by Daewoo, the CK has remained largely unchanged since its introduction. Although the Chinese company has been exporting it to certain markets in South and Central America, the CK has yet to reach North America. However, the subcompact was the first Chinese automobile ever displayed at an American auto show. Geely showcased the CK at the 2006 Detroit Auto Show — it was only shown to the press and not the general public — claiming it will sell for less than $10,000 when it goes on sale by 2008. Geely dropped its ambitious plans after the sedan failed the IIHS and NHTSA safety tests.
As the Chinese manufacturer is again considering bringing its products to the United States, the CK returns as a potential candidate for the subcompact segment. But is the CK good enough to go against the likes of the Ford Fiesta and the Kia Rio? Will it satisfy the demanding American customer and is it safe enough for challenging safety tests in the U.S. 10 years since its inception? Read on to get some answers.
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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 Chinese market loves large cars with massive back seats that make it comfortable to be driven around in. Geely caters to the market well with the Emgrand 8, a full-size car that focuses on comfort and quality. The car is about the same size as the U.S. Market Toyota Avalon and it trades in performance for luxury and space, while still retaining the incredibly low price that Geely is so good at offering.
The car is available with two engine and three transmission choices, and it is priced below any competitor it would have in the category in the U.S. That said, the car is underpowered and unlikely to meet current crash regulations, so entry into North America could prove to be very difficult for the Chinese car.
Should Geely look to modify the Emgrand 8 and bring it Stateside? Can it compete with Toyota, Honda and Volkswagen? Check out all the details and more photos of the car after the break, and be sure to hit those comments and give us your thoughts.
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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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