Geely LC

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Geely LC
Geely (LC) Panda.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Geely
Also called Gleagle Panda[1]
Geely Panda[2]
Geely-Gleagle Panda[3]
Tobe M'Car
Kandi Panda EV
Micro Panda (Sri Lanka)
Production 2008–2016
Body and chassis
Class City car
Body style 5-door hatchback
Related Tobe M'car[4]
Powertrain
Engine 1.0 L I3 (petrol)[5]
1.3 L I4 (petrol)[6]
1.5 L I4 (petrol)[5]
Transmission 5-speed manual[5]
4-speed automatic[5]
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,340 mm (92.1 in)[7]
Length 3,598 mm (141.7 in)[7]
Width 1,630 mm (64.2 in)[7]
Height 1,465 mm (57.7 in)[7]
Curb weight 937–985 kg (2,066–2,172 lb)[7]
Geely LC Cross
2011 Geely LC (New Zealand)
The Gleagle Panda's panda-paw tail-lamps[8] 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[9] 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,[10] and it is subsequently the safest Chinese hatchback[2] as of 2011.[11] The LC was able to achieve the above despite a development process that relied more on computer simulations than actual crash tests.[8] The Panda will be replaced by a facelifted version of the car known as the Emgrand Mini.

Online sale[edit]

As of 22 December 2010,[12] popular Chinese e-commerce retailer Taobao Mall sells the LC online[13] 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[14] and may differ from those available through more-traditional retail channels.[15]

First day online sales totalled near 500.[16]

Styling[edit]

The LC's styling has been recognized for its exceptional exterior,[17] which manufacturer Geely says is "bionic"[2] and resembles a panda[17] but that some criticize for resembling the Toyota Aygo,[18] instead. Geely outsourced the design of the LC's exterior to another Chinese firm, CH-Auto.[8]

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.[19]

New Zealand[edit]

The LC is sold in New Zealand as a Geely LC Hatch.[20]

Sri Lanka[edit]

A local company, Micro Cars, offers the LC in Sri Lanka.[21] It is domestically assembled from complete knock down kits.

South Africa[edit]

The LC is sold in South Africa.[22]

Taiwan[edit]

Main article: Tobe M'car

A rebadged, redesigned LC called the Tobe M’Car is sold in Taiwan by Yulon Motors,[23] 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.[24]

Cuba[edit]

In Cuba, the LC is commonly used as a rental vehicle but also sold to private owners as a Geely Panda.[25]

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

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