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CHINESE car-maker Geely is set to its first car in Australia in the first of January but that particular will only ever be in Western Australia.

A lack of automatic transmission and unavailability of stability control on the Yaris-sized MK sedan and hatch has stymied by Perth-based importer Chinese Distributors (CAD) to go national the 1.5-litre car that received Design Rule (ADR) this month.

Instead, coast Geely dealers skip straight to the mini LC hatch a Suzuki Alto and the bigger, Corolla-sized EC7 sedan and hatchback in the first half of

Those dealers will be offered a second line of vehicles pick-ups and SUVs an unnamed vehicle manufacturer CAD owner John Hughes has GoAuto he is poised to sign for distribution

That line is set to begin operations in Australia in the half of 2011, opening a dual-cab, petrol-powered ute in 4×2 and configurations.

Originally, the Geely operation was to started in Australia with the MK car in WA before sales of that were extended to the east in 2011.

But a series of delays in ADR a common occurrence for Chinese car hopefuls and unavailability of critical including auto transmission and ESC to be compulsory in Australia have Mr Hughes and his CAD team to only MK in WA.

There won t be an auto, and that s a he told GoAuto after today from China one of his staff is making final checks on pre-production MK cars.

s why I won t be bringing the MK into the eastern That will be sold in WA

It will be available initially in a sedan and a month or two later we get the five-door hatch.

Mr Hughes, a car dealer and businessman who was instrumental in the of Hyundai into Australia in the said his company had only a window of opportunity with the MK.

It never get traction control, and January 2013 it will not be to be sold, he said in Melbourne.

We only have two years, so I rather wait and appoint on this side (eastern of Australia when we have to offer them.

We have the LC, is the Panda, and we are expecting that in the half of next year, followed by the EC7.

Ideally, I like to be able to launch at the Melbourne motor show in but even if we don t have the EC7 in full we will still have prototypes there for dealers to at.

From November 2011, all new cars and SUVs will to be fitted with ESC under federal law, while currently on the market will a further two years to install the life-saving technology.


Although the MK will be sold only in WA, it still qualify as the first passenger car on the Australian market, but by a matter of days.

Rival is also set to launch its sales in on January 19 after getting approval for its J1 1.3-litre five-door and larger J11 2.0-litre five-door SUV.

Unlike the staggered Geely Chery is set to be launched nationally 60 dealers.

The arrival of both and Chery signals the start in of the predicted Chinese invasion, Australia set to go from just two Chinese automotive importers Wall Motors with its ute and SUV and bus specialist Higer to as many as Chinese motor vehicle offering a full range of utes, mini-vans, SUVs, and even electric vehicles in two

Others in the pipeline include White Motor Corporation s JAC brand and at least two more other independent importers one Mr Hughes CAD and another from Ateco Automotive, bringing the s Chinese marque stable to with Great Wall and

Mr Hughes said he planned to his east coast dealer in place in the second quarter of in readiness for the LC Panda, followed by the EC7 and the pick-up and SUV range.

We will be dealers with a two-pronged he said. We will have vehicles from Geely and we have commercial vehicles this other company.

The marketing push for the Geely starts in WA this weekend John Hughes Geely rights sponsorship for the WA Golf at the WA Golf Club.

ADR documents that Geely s five-seat MK sedan known as Kingkong in markets such as Russia be launched in two levels of specification, GL and GT.

variants are powered by a 69kW/128Nm four-cylinder engine mated with a five-speed manual

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The conservatively styled MK will be with 15-inch wheels 185/60 tyres, air-conditioning, front airbags and remote locking. The GT adds leather a sunroof and tinted glass, foglights will be optional.

At wide, the MK is lineball with the Yaris (1690mm), and marginally than the Yaris sedan, at versus 4300mm. Kerb is nearly identical at 1090kg.

the Yaris, it employs a central binnacle, but angled towards the

Mr Hughes said the first of MK sedans would arrive in in December in readiness for the local debut.

ADR certification for the Geely MK with news from America of the failure of another model, the CK, in the independent Latin crash safety tests.

The compact CK with a domestic name that translates to Cruiser crumpled embarrassingly in the barrier test, scoring stars out of five for its performance.

The CK is based on an old hand-me-down, stripped-out Lanos that was sold to the Chinese company after the dumped it in favour of the Kalos in

Chinese C-NCAP video tests of the MK show a considerably robust performance than the CK, little deformation around the and front doors.

The Panda is to have collected a five-star rating in the C-NCAP tests, those tests are not exactly with similar NCAP in Australia and Europe.

The Geely EC7 hatchback and four-door sedan is powered by a 102kW 1.8-litre engine.

A compact SUV spawned the EC7 base, the EX7, is also on the for Australia, possibly with a of 106kW 2.0-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engines.

Mr said he did not yet have an expected date for the EX7, saying it be the end of the year (2011) at best .

The EX7 broke cover as the GX718 at the Shanghai motor show year under Geely s sub-brand. It is now being sold in under yet another sub-brand,

The Geely EC7 and EX7 are both expected to equipped with an optional automatic transmission designed by s Drivetrain Systems International, Geely bought last

Geely s Hong Kong-based company, Zhejiang Geely also acquired Sweden s Cars AB from Ford Company earlier this establishing itself as a major on the global motoring stage.

to more than 30 markets the world, Geely is one of Chinese automotive exporters, along Chery and Great Wall.

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