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#4 of 33 Re: Geely Comes to America! [jchan2]
Feb 04, 2006 (12:38 am)
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 (9:27 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 (11:26 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 (5:28 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 (10:20 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 (9:17 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 (9:47 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.
#11 of 33 Re: Geely Comes to America! [merc1]
Feb 07, 2006 (4:26 pm)
Which corner of the entrance hall was it in? Where was it exactly?
And in the airport that article in the Detroit Free Press was just ripping Geely apart.
#12 of 33 Re: Geely Comes to America! [jchan2]
Feb 07, 2006 (10:35 pm)
Like at the opposite end of where Saleen was.
#13 of 33 Re: Give 'em a few years. [bigworld2000]
Feb 08, 2006 (2:58 pm)
Yes, but with 30 years of improvment and proven quality/durability/reliability, Honda/Toyo deserve the respect they've earned. But look at other "first timers" Even in 2006, there are people who won't give Hyundai a second look based on the 86' Excel. They are making inroads yes, but Toyo/Honda like success and respect is still being earned even by Hyundai Motor.
Opposite results for some of the other transplants like Yugo, Fiat, Alfa and more recently Daewoo. Heck even Kia has a black cloud over its vehicles that they are even trying to shake.
If Geely believes that a similar approach to the market is a good one, and that falters will be forgiven over time, good luck to them... The current market is brutal, some of the most reliable products are coming from the current crop of car makers here in the U.S. and I HIGHLY doubt there will be many risk takers for these new Geely cars.