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Geely Emgrand EC7 review

The EC7 has trim lines in both and hatch though subjectively classier as a sedan.

Neil reviews the Geely Emgrand EC7 specs, fuel economy and


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Price-sharp entrant Geely swipes the market with the classy Emgrand EC7 sedan.

The national of Geely, Perth-based Chinese Distributors which is part of the John Hughes Group, week pinned a $14,990 sticker on either the sedan or its sister.

The cars arrive September, first in WA then around the country via about 20 starting in Queensland and NSW this and Victoria and other states in the new

Geely, which owns is one of China’s biggest car companies and the publicly-owned concern. Many are government owned. Geely has a in WA with its $9990 drive-away MK 1.5 but because it doesn’t have stability control — to be on all passenger cars in Autralia January 2014 — it is phased out in December.

The next is this car — the EC7 (called in domestic and some export — which comes as a or sedan. It will be followed year by an SUV.

The $14,990 away price and three-year or warranty are instant head The price buys a slick, -size sedan or hatch a strong crash rating, six leather upholstery, 16-inch wheels and full-size spare Bluetooth and iPod connectivity.

For $1000 more, the luxury adds features including sat-nav, rear-park sensors, audio (the base has speakers) and electric driver’s The only downside is it comes in initially — with a five-speed manual transmission. An will be added next

The EC7 has conservative, trim lines in sedan and hatch though looks classier as a sedan. The is huge, aided by a split rear seat. Leg and headroom or exceed the class average and is a standard fit, even it feels more like

The dash is simple yet effective and hard plastic abounds, colours and subtle trim any tactile disappointments. Nice include the push-button boot on the dash. The overwhelming impression is this is a more expensive

Simplicity is the key. Geely is one of the few car makers to build engines and as well as the bodies. Its four-year-old in south-eastern Hangzhou Bay — one of two making the EC7 — is Japanese-level clean and run to military-grade order European robots and hundreds of that produce 120,000 a year.

But the car’s specs are — 102kW/172Nm 1.8-litre petrol with variable-valve that drives a five-speed gearbox (a CVT auto comes year) to the front wheels by four-wheel disc brakes and steering.

The car has a four-star Euro-NCAP but is to be tested to ANCAP standards. The is adament it won’t get less four stars, or he will the launch date — set for — and get it fixed until it that rating. There’s electronic stability control, six heated side mirrors, spare (on an alloy wheel), ABS and electronic brakeforce distribution and the model ($15,990) gets park sensors.

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Expectations can be frustratingly anti-climatic. my planned drive in Geely’s new EC7 that didn’t materialise. I was a passenger as a test driver down a car that had minutes rolled off the production line.

The test track that to unbolt my skeleton didn’t a squeak or twist in the chassis and meet expectations of a lightly-built car was underpowered, noisy and harsh-riding all attributes coincidentally of Korea’s car, the Hyundai Pony rebadged Excel), that I in Perth in the early 1980s.

Aside from myself and the passengers were Queensland manager Glenn Rohrig (at tall) and the CEO of multi-car Brisbane-based Motorama, Mark Woelders All are impressed by the leg and headroom, ride and quietness. This car will for less than $16,000 away and though it is — — only a manual, Mr predicts strong demand.

quality of the car is much better I expected,’‘ he says. “It has ride and quietness and is a fantastic, package.’‘ Mr Woelders says remains a market for a manual car though expects the upcoming to signal volume sales. a used-car alternative, it has a strong and safety features. Certainly, to a it will affect our used-car

Impressive effort and one well considering.

GEELY EMGRAND EC7

from $14,990 drive-away

3 years/100,000 km

Service interval: months

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