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#1 of 33 Geely Comes to America!
Jan 15, 2006 (8:31 pm)
"The Chinese are coming, The Chinese are coming!"
Geely revealed its plans to enter to US market sometime this Fall. (I think that's when)
Discuss the first wave of "Made in China" el cheapo automobiles here.
#2 of 33 Re: Geely Comes to America! [jchan2]
Feb 03, 2006 (3:00 am)
I saw this pitiful little thing in Detroit a few weeks ago. Since then I've read where the car on display isn't the one that will go on sale in late 2007 as a 2008 model. I would hope not because the car on display at the Detroit autoshow was gawd-awful in just about every respect. It looked like a 20 year old Japanese car. In its current form it would be a huge flop in the U.S. market, an even bigger one that Yugo was.
#3 of 33 Re: Geely Comes to America! [merc1]
Feb 03, 2006 (8:27 pm)
It looked terrible to me too, but if they were selling them brand new for $500 I'd take one. If it broke down, who cares? I'd throw it away and find myself another one.
Just like computers...
How were you able to see it? I was in Detroit and I didn't catch it. Granted, I was there for the public show. Did you go on one of the industry preview days, or did you have press credentials?
#4 of 33 Re: Geely Comes to America! [jchan2]
Feb 03, 2006 (11:38 pm)
On the day I was there they had a little stand outside of the main hall with it on display. It was in a corner outside the main hall at Cobo. On the second day I was there they had it behind a curtain. Why I have no idea other than to be ashamed of it...lol!!
#5 of 33 Re: Geely Comes to America! [merc1]
Feb 04, 2006 (8:27 pm)
What day were you there? I was there the first Sunday and no Geely in sight!
#6 of 33 Re: Geely Comes to America! [jchan2]
Feb 05, 2006 (10:26 pm)
I was there right after you, that Monday and Tuesday. It was Tuesday I saw the Geely behind a curtain at the end of the hall. It was on the opposite end of the Saleen display. I wonder why Saleen doesn't get a spot inside? Pretty cold and miserable place to be looking at cars in that hallway/door area.
#7 of 33 Re: Geely Comes to America! [merc1]
Feb 06, 2006 (4:28 pm)
They must have rolled it back out or something because in the airport waiting for my flight home Sunday evening I was reading the Detroit paper and they reported that Geely had wisked away their display before the public was let in.
#8 of 33 Re: Geely Comes to America! [jchan2]
Feb 06, 2006 (9:20 pm)
Yeah I saw a program in which their name had been covered up, but the car was still there. They weren't really excitied about showing it. Just a few of us were like standing around and took a peek. Trust me you didn't miss a thing!
#9 of 33 Re: Geely Comes to America! [jchan2]
Feb 07, 2006 (8:17 am)
Maybe Geely found out that visitors would actually have to sit in the thing and it might collapse under the load of a 10 yr old child? Or they were scared that "Car nuts" might actually be able to place the regurgitated motor from the 76' Monza that was duct taped to the tin frame underneath?
Nah, they must have changed their mind about entering the N.A. car market and scaled back their efforts to prove they could make a better flower box than a Yugo at half the price instead.
#10 of 33 Give 'em a few years.
Feb 07, 2006 (8:47 am)
Japanese cars were a joke when they first entered the market. So were the early German imports for that matter. Give Geely a few years.