Geely CK

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Geely CK
Gleagle CK Auto Chongqing 2012-06-07.JPG
Gleagle CK sedan
Overview
Manufacturer Geely Automobile
Also called Geely Otaka
Geely Echo (Turkey)
Gleagle CK
Production 2005–
Assembly Montevideo, Uruguay (Nordex)
Novouralsk, Russia (Amur)(2007-2008)
Body and chassis
Class subcompact car
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,434 mm (95.8 in)
Length 4,152 mm (163.5 in)
Width 1,680 mm (66.1 in)
Height 1,440 mm (56.7 in)
Curb weight 1,042 kg (2,297 lb)

The Geely CK is a sedan automobile from Chinese manufacturer, Geely Automobile. Production began in May, 2005. The CK's Chinese name, Ziyoujian, stands for "Freedom Ship" or "Free Cruiser". It was sold as the Geely Otaka on the Russian market in 2007-2008.[1] Nowadays the car is sold as the Gleagle CK in the Chinese domestic market, part of Geely's recent proliferation of brands

The CK holds the distinction of being the first Chinese automobile ever displayed at an American auto show, although it was only shown to the press and not the general public. Geely had planned to begin selling the model in Puerto Rico in 2007 on the way to beginning sales in Mainland America the next year. However since Geely failed the IIHS and NHTSA safety tests, plans are currently halted. The CK was also shown at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2005 along with four other Geely models.

At least 1,500 Geely CKs were shipped to Cuba in 2009, where they would replace some of the many Lada 2105s used by government officials and police.[2][3] The car is thus becoming a common sight in Cuba. Displacing the old Russian-made Ladas, it is driven by government officials and police and also available to rental car fleets. The specification includes power windows and air conditioning. Still, they have a reputation for being unreliable and many drivers thus prefer the older, Russian-built vehicles.

Facelifted Geely CK II
Geely CK rear end

The CK is based on a South Korean design by Daewoo, Tower Metal, Wooshin Systems, and CES, which Geely licensed. Its 1.5 L engine is a Toyota Motor Corporation design, also licensed. It produces 94 hp (70 kW) at 6,000 rpm. The automatic transmission is built in China, the first to be manufactured there. In 2008, the facelifted CK II was released, with modified headlights and bumpers.

In the first car safety crash test results issued by the Latin New Car Assessment Programme, the CK versions without airbags was rated with zero out of four stars for adult occupants, and two out of four stars for child occupant. The press release cited "Protection for the driver poor for most body regions. Significant collapse of the body shell during test." [4]

The CK Work, powered by a 1.3 L (1342 cc) engine producing 85 hp, is sold in Colombia for use as a taxi.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Geely Otaka. Wroom.ru.
  2. ^ Cuba: Lada, Hyundai, Geely & vintage Americans dominate. Best Selling Cars, December 14, 2010.
  3. ^ Israel, Esteban, Russian Lada gets Chinese rival on Cuban roads. Reuters, 2009-09-29.
  4. ^ Latin NCAP. Latin NCAP releases first car safety crash test results. Retrieved on 2010-12-21.
  5. ^ "CK Work Brochure". Geely. Retrieved 23 December 2013. 

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