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Australia’s pioneering Chinese car brand Geely promises EV and hybrid

20 April 2011

is most famous for its parent s purchase of Sweden s largest Volvo, and last year released the first and cheapest Chinese passenger car in Australia.

Now the Chinese company has revealed it to start mass production of its hybrid and all-electric models by the end of year.

The ambitious electrification was revealed to Reuters at this s Shanghai motor show, Geely Automobile Holdings its latest RD achievement as an independent auto-maker by exhibiting no fewer 37 models, three theme and two interactive experience zones.

it remains unclear which of will actually reach Geely took the wraps off at five interesting new models three sub-brands in Shanghai, everything from a Mini hatchback to an imposing SUV and a folding roadster.

Geely again wheeled out its GS a near carbon-copy of the Rolls-Royce but its most striking new model was the Emgrand EC6-RVmini hatch, borrows its roofline from s Swift and has similar overall to the Mini hatch.

Despite the 3.8-metre mini-car, which is by a turbocharged 1.3-litre petrol that drives through a new automatic transmission and features a idle-stop system, still to look convincingly cohesive in its own

At least the EC6-RV was more than the Englon SC7-RV, an more retro five-door that looks a lot like s previous-generation Micra from the and a bit like a London cab from the

Left, from top: EC6-RVmini, Geely-Gleagle GX6, GS-CC and Geely-Englon SC7-RV.

And there were three vehicles — including the a compact 2+2 coupe-convertible sportscar looks like a cross a BMW Z4 and a Lexus SC, and the somewhat underwhelming GC6 sedan — details of are also sketchy.

Perhaps the least derivative of the trio is the striking GX6 crossover, a wagon with chunky body cladding, a complicated and radical back-swept headlights make it look different anything we ve ever seen Geely or any other brand.

came to Australia at the beginning of with a single model, the MK sedan, which matched the S16 s benchmark-setting $11,990 drive-away when it became available in West Australia the home of veteran vehicle importer Hughes, the man behind Chinese Distributors (CAD).

Chery s third Chinese passenger brand, imported by Ateco the same distributor that us the first in 2009, Great Motors matched that with its J1 city-car in February.

Great Wall’s ute and SUV models are due to be by its first passenger car in Australia this year.

As we ve reported, plans to release a replacement for the MK with electronic stability allowing it to be sold in Victoria this year in the form of the five-door 1.3-litre CE hatchback was revealed in concept form at the Beijing show and enters in China this year.

The CE is expected to join the baby of the the LC hatch known in China as the and the larger, Corolla-sized EC7 sedan and in a network of Geely showrooms Australia within 2011.

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The LC and EC7 are due to make their local at the Melbourne motor show in before they hit Australian but the three-car Geely range be joined this year in the CAD by a yet-to-be named brand of light commercial vehicles and that will go head-to-head Great Wall in Australia.

Meantime, Ateco also has its on another unnamed Chinese LCV which is due to be launched in Australia in

While the Australian futures of the EC6-RV, Englon SC7-RV and GS-CC, GC6 and GX6 let alone Geely s of 2012 hybrid and EV models uncertain, it is clear the fledgling brand has healthy aspirations.

by its top-selling EC7, Geely s car outpaced China s total growth of 9.1 per cent in the first of 2011 by increasing 14.4 per to 117,698 units, following a per cent sales surge in

Established just 13 years ago and now a Chinese auto-maker, Geely 415,843 vehicles in 2010 (up 27 per on 2009), five per cent or of which were exports up six per cent.

It is well on its way to achieving its target of sales this year, at 15 per cent would be slightly than the total industry s growth rate projected by s Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

from jointly acquiring the s second largest independent transmission manufacturer, Australia s Systems International, and Volvo Ford in 2009, the self-described horse of China trades has total assets of more $5 billion and an annual production of more than 600,000 with nine Chinese and CKD assembly plants in Indonesia and

Geely s export volumes 100,000 vehicles between and 2010 five times of the preceding four-year period to shipments of the CK, MK, FC and SL-1 models to than 50 countries.

Geely the Shanghai show to emphasise its for quality and global expansion, new models like the EC7 and Panda/LC of which earned a five-stare safety rating, with the EC7 a class-leading score of 46.8 to make it a globally competitive by 2015 .

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