Geely LC

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Geely LC
Geely lc 2011.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Geely
Also called Gleagle Panda[1]
Geely Panda[2]
Geely-Gleagle Panda[3]
Production 2009–present
Body and chassis
Class Compact car
Body style 5-door hatchback
Related Tobe M'car[4]
Powertrain
Engine 1.3 litre 63kw gasoline[5]

The Geely LC, sold in its home market as the Geely Panda[6] or the Gleagle Panda is a Chinese hatchback launched in 2009. In 2010 the LC scored 45.3 in C-NCAP crash tests,[2] making it China's first[2] locally researched and developed compact car to be awarded a 5-star rating,[7] and it is subsequently the safest Chinese hatchback[2] as of 2011.[8] The LC was able to achieve the above despite a development process that relied more on computer simulations than actual crash tests.[9]

As of 2011, this car is popular among Chinese yuppies.[10]

Online sale[edit]

As of 22 December 2010,[11] popular Chinese e-commerce retailer Taobao Mall sells the LC online[12] although buyers must put down a 288 yuan deposit and visit a local dealership for a test drive prior to purchase.[1] The LCs on offer are not delivered to your door[13] and may differ from those available through more-traditional retail channels.[10]

First day online sales totalled near 500.[14]

Styling[edit]

An LC at the 2009 China High-Tech Fair in Shenzhen
The Gleagle Panda's panda-paw tail-lamps[9] can be clearly seen in this view

The LC's styling has been recognized for its exceptional exterior,[15] which manufacturer Geely says is "bionic"[2] and resembles a panda[15] but that some criticize for resembling the Toyota Aygo,[16] instead. Geely outsourced the design of the LC's exterior to another Chinese firm, CH-Auto.[9]

Overseas sale[edit]

While the car is sold in overseas markets, its name and the brand name it is sold under may change.

Indonesia[edit]

The LC is sold in Indonesia as a Geely Panda.[17]

New Zealand[edit]

The LC is sold in New Zealand as a Geely LC Hatch.[18]

Sri Lanka[edit]

A local company, Micro Cars, offers the LC in Sri Lanka.[19] It is domestically assembled from complete knock down kits.

South Africa[edit]

The LC is sold in South Africa.[20]

Taiwan[edit]

Main article: Tobe M'car

A rebadged, redesigned LC called the Tobe M’Car is sold in Taiwan by Yulon Motors,[21] which may also assemble it. The M'car uses the same body and interior as the LC but features improved performance[4] and locally designed components.[22]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b China's Geely opens online car store on Taobao reuters.com, Mon Dec 6, 2010 4:43am EST
  2. ^ a b c d e "Five Star in Collision Test: Geely Panda Appraised as the safest Minicar in China". Geely International. 2010-01-09. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  3. ^ Geely Gleagle Panda (Geely LC) chinaautoweb.com
  4. ^ a b "Tobe M'car Make a Splash in Taibei". Geely International. 2010-01-12. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  5. ^ "THE ALL NEW LC HATCHBACK". Geely New Zealand. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  6. ^ Geely LC (Panda) Review auto-chinese.com 2010-4-12
  7. ^ US Geely's growth: Appliances to autos in 13 years chinadaily.com.cn, 2010-05-04
  8. ^ Auto Special: Safety test proves Geely has the right path to improved performance and competitiveness chinadaily.com.cn, 2011-01-14
  9. ^ a b c Shirouzu, Norihiko (Sep 18, 2012). "Special Report: China's car makers cut corners to success". reuters.com. Thompson Reuters. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b China's Geely eyes online car sales globaltimes.cn, September 12, 2010
  11. ^ Geely opens first online store gasgoo.com, December 07, 2010
  12. ^ China's Geely now selling cars online chinadaily.com.cn, 2010-12-07
  13. ^ Geely nets online store chinadaily.com.cn, 2010-12-08
  14. ^ Geely's selling cars online starts with a victory gasgoo.com, December 24, 2010
  15. ^ a b Golden Award for Geely Panda Design Geely Official site, late 2008
  16. ^
  17. ^ Out Products: Panda; Gallery Gelly Indonesia Official Site
  18. ^ Geely New Zealand LC Hatch ; Gallery Geely New Zealand Official Site
  19. ^ Handing over 1st Batch of PANDAs to customers microcars.lk, Saturday, 28th February, 2011
  20. ^ "LC". Geely South Africa. 2011. Retrieved 2012-05-22. 
  21. ^ Yulon's Tobe car unable to drive in reverse chinapost.com.tw, Saturday, August 7, 2010 1:45 am TWN
  22. ^ Yulon introduces new Tobe brand vehicle taipeitimes.com, Wed, Nov 18, 2009

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