Geely LC

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Geely LC
Geely lc 2011.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerGeely
Also calledGleagle Panda[1]
Geely Panda[2]
Gleagle GX2
Geely-Gleagle Panda[3]
Tobe M'Car
Kandi Panda EV
Micro Panda (Sri Lanka)
Production2008–2016
AssemblyNingbo, Zhejiang, China
Montevideo, Uruguay (Nordex)[4]
Body and chassis
ClassCity car
Body style5-door hatchback
RelatedTobe M'car[5]
Powertrain
Engine1.0 L JL3G10A I3 (petrol)[6]
1.3 L MR479Q I4 (petrol)[7]
1.5 L MR479A I4 (petrol)[6]
Transmission5-speed manual[6]
4-speed automatic[6]
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,340 mm (92.1 in)[8]
Length3,598 mm (141.7 in)[8]
Width1,630 mm (64.2 in)[8]
Height1,465 mm (57.7 in)[8]
Curb weight937–985 kg (2,066–2,172 lb)[8]
Chronology
SuccessorGeely Yuanjing X1
Geely LC Cross
2011 Geely LC (New Zealand)
The Gleagle Panda's panda-paw tail-lamps[9] can be clearly seen in this view
Geely-Kandi Panda EV charging at an autoshow

The Geely LC, sold in its home market as the Geely Panda[10] or the Gleagle Panda, is a city car produced by the Chinese manufacturer Geely from November 2008 to 2016. 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,[11] and it is subsequently the safest Chinese hatchback[2] as of 2011.[12] The LC was able to achieve the above despite a development process that relied more on computer simulations than actual crash tests.[9] In 2017, The Panda was replaced by a facelifted version of the car known as the Geely Yuanjing X1.

Online sale[edit]

As of 22 December 2010,[13] popular Chinese e-commerce retailer Taobao Mall sells the LC online[14] 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[15] and may differ from those available through more-traditional retail channels.[16]

First day online sales totalled near 500.[17]

Styling[edit]

The LC's styling has been recognized for its exceptional exterior,[18] which manufacturer Geely says is "bionic"[2] and resembles a panda[18] but that some criticize for resembling the Toyota Aygo,[19] instead. Geely outsourced the design of the LC's exterior to another Chinese firm, CH-Auto.[9]

Geely LC 1.5[edit]

Engine specifications – 1.5L

Specification Description
Cylinders 4
Displacement 1498 cm3
Power 70 KW @ 5500 RPM / 94 HP @ 5500 RPM / 94 BHP @ 5500 RPM
Torque 94.4 lb-ft @ 3400 RPM/128 Nm @ 3400 RPM
Fuel Gasoline
Top speed 111.8 mph OR 180 km/h
Tire size 165/60 R14

Overseas sale[edit]

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

Brunei[edit]

The LC was only sells in Brunei since 2013 (1 year sold), only with 5-speed manual transmission and 4 colours available.

Indonesia[edit]

The LC is sold in Indonesia as a Geely Panda.[20]

New Zealand[edit]

The LC is sold in New Zealand as a Geely LC Hatch.[21]

Sri Lanka[edit]

A local company, Micro Cars, offers the LC in Sri Lanka.[22] It is domestically assembled from complete knock down kits.

Egypt[edit]

The LC is sold in Egypt.[23]

Taiwan[edit]

A rebadged, redesigned LC called the Tobe M’Car is sold in Taiwan by Yulon Motors,[24] which may also assemble it. The M'car uses the same body and interior as the LC but features improved performance[5] and locally designed components.[25]

Cuba[edit]

In Cuba, the LC is commonly used as a rental vehicle but also sold to private owners as a Geely Panda.[26]

Argentina[edit]

The LC is sold in Argentina since 2016.[27]

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. Archived from the original on 2010-10-28. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
  3. ^ Geely Gleagle Panda (Geely LC) chinaautoweb.com
  4. ^ "Geely unveils GC2 in Uruguay". ChinaAutoWeb. 30 May 2014. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Tobe M'car Make a Splash in Taibei". Geely International. 2010-01-12. Archived from the original on 2012-02-20. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
  6. ^ a b c d http://chinaautoweb.com/car-models/gleagle-panda-geely-lc/
  7. ^ "THE ALL NEW LC HATCHBACK". Geely New Zealand. Archived from the original on 2011-01-01. Retrieved 2011-01-22.
  8. ^ a b c d e http://global.geely.com/cars.php?6
  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. ^ Geely LC (Panda) Review auto-chinese.com 2010-4-12
  11. ^ US Geely's growth: Appliances to autos in 13 years chinadaily.com.cn, 2010-05-04
  12. ^ Auto Special: Safety test proves Geely has the right path to improved performance and competitiveness chinadaily.com.cn, 2011-01-14
  13. ^ Geely opens first online store gasgoo.com, December 07, 2010
  14. ^ China's Geely now selling cars online chinadaily.com.cn, 2010-12-07
  15. ^ Geely nets online store chinadaily.com.cn, 2010-12-08
  16. ^ China's Geely eyes online car sales Archived 2011-03-02 at the Wayback Machine globaltimes.cn, September 12, 2010
  17. ^ Geely's selling cars online starts with a victory gasgoo.com, December 24, 2010
  18. ^ a b Golden Award for Geely Panda Design Geely Official site, late 2008
  19. ^
  20. ^ Out Products: Panda; Gallery Archived 2011-08-26 at the Wayback Machine Gelly Indonesia Official Site
  21. ^ Geely New Zealand LC Hatch ; Gallery Archived 2011-01-01 at the Wayback Machine Geely New Zealand Official Site
  22. ^ Handing over 1st Batch of PANDAs to customers Archived 2012-02-10 at the Wayback Machine microcars.lk, Saturday, 28th February, 2011
  23. ^ "LC". Geely Egypt. 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-04-23. Retrieved 2012-05-22.
  24. ^ Yulon's Tobe car unable to drive in reverse chinapost.com.tw, Saturday, August 7, 2010 1:45 am TWN
  25. ^ Yulon introduces new Tobe brand vehicle taipeitimes.com, Wed, Nov 18, 2009
  26. ^ "Cuba Car Rental | Introduction of new cut price Geely Panda". carrentalcuba.net. Retrieved 2016-01-26.
  27. ^ Geely Argentina

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