• Jan 15, 2008
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Of all the Chinese automakers in attendance this year at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show, Geely is the only one with cars we believe could actually be sold in the U.S. We have no idea if its new FC sedan, which debuted in China just five months ago, would pass strict U.S. safety and emissions standards, but its design, features and build quality seemed just up to snuff for an American consumer shopping for an inexpensive four-door sedan.

The FC was developed in-house by Geely and features a 1.8L four-cylinder with variable valve timing producing 137 horsepower and mated to a five-speed manual. A 13-second trip to 62 mph isn't a world record, but it's just enough to keep up with traffic and return good fuel economy at the same time. There's also an available in-dash navigation system, dual airbags, and ABS brakes with electronic brake force distribution. The interior, as well, didn't look or feel like it was made from recycled Tonka toys.

Mind you, we're not saying the FC would set the sales charts on fire in the U.S., but it could be competitive with the bottom dwellers in its class. For a Chinese automaker hoping to sell cars in the world's largest market, that's progress.



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      • 7 Years Ago
      how could it have 137 hp, yet do 0-60 in 13 secs?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Judging by the relatively small legroom in the rear, it can't be more than a Civic-sized sedan. Which makes the 0-60 figure especially strange considering the decent HP output. I mean there'd have to be a lot of parasitic drag from the crank to the wheels.
        • 7 Years Ago
        It would have to be pretty damn large. I had the same thoughts, the 0-60 and hp figures don't really match up.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I couldn't agree more Joshua,

      I also would definitely like to see more Asian automotive brands. I think the next entry will be Malaysian (Proton), that's if they do play their cards right.

      As for the Chinese automotive company I am definitely willing to welcome them and give them a chance. I do admire their tenacity in trying to become a part of the NA market. I do have a tiny bit of skepticism, as most do thanks to the BS6 crash test video, but at the same time I am not going to hold that against them either. I do have faith that the Chinese automotive industry will quickly become a much higher end player, seeing as how quickly they learn from their past mistakes and improve upon them, unlike what I can say for all American automotive companies which are wrapped in playing politics vs putting out cars that people actually want to buy and be proud of.

      While the Japanese automotive companies have all grown up to be big players, the Korean automotive companies are in the adolescent stage, the Chinese automotive companies will be newborns.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The first Japanese cars to reach our shores back in the 60s were laughable, but look at them now.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_N360
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sadly, that interior looks better than 85% of what Chrysler turns out these days. And I'm not saying the Geely looks special...
      • 7 Years Ago
      that story is great
      • 7 Years Ago
      looking forward to seeing more asian brands hitting NA. hopefully they make it... although if i were them i would consider making a NA targetting brand/logo. geely just sounds like a name created to mock.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Agreed--at least it doesn't look like a complete copy except for the badging of some other car. Looks better made than the ChengFengs. It better be dirt cheap, decent in crash tests and can't fall totally apart in the first year--then it'll do okay. Chevy sells the Aveo--so there is a market for people in cheap horrid little cars.
        • 7 Years Ago
        > Chevy sells the Aveo--so there is a market for people in cheap horrid little cars.

        Geelys are license-built Daewoos, obsolete models that GM Daewoo no longer produces themselves. Geely FC is the previous generation Suzuki Forenza.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Actually this is not a licensed Daewoo, but a 2003-2007 Toyota Corolla, with a new nose and tail treatment and identical interior. Now Toyota have released a 2009 Corolla, redesigned and refined so the Chinese got the old stamping rights, to sell as a "new" model. Even has the same 1.8 vvti motor up front. Cheers
      • 7 Years Ago
      The first Japanese cars to reach our shores back in the 60s were laughable, but look at them now.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_N360
      • 6 Years Ago
      Does anyone know about the engine on the FC cvvt 1.8? Some say it's from Toyota others say it's from Honda. I couldn't find the specs, especially the HP figures and gas consumption.

      The car looks great, and it has plenty of features (cruise control, sunroof, parking detectors, alloy rims, disk brakes front and rear, ABS, airbag for driver and passenger, etc). But, I was looking at the craftmanship and it doesn't look so great: gap misalignement between doors and between door and wing.

      I really wanna give it a try, but I'm afraid it's just another chinese car and I'm gonna have to get rid of it after a year or so (if anything is left).

      Cheers!
      • 7 Years Ago
      At least this car doesn't look like a COMPLETE rip off of another automaker's vehicle, so that's at least a step in the right direction. But when I see this car and its interior, I can't help thinking of Daewoo... and that's never good.

      I'm skeptical of the constant comparisons to Korean and Japanese manufacturers because I think Chinese automakers have many more hurdles to overcome than the former two, but they're getting there... just don't expect me to be first in line to trade in my Toyota.
        • 7 Years Ago
        > But when I see this car and its interior, I can't help thinking of Daewoo... and that's never good.

        Your suspicion is correct as FC is indeed a license-built Daewoo Lanos. Unlike Chery that builds cloned Daewoos without payment, Geely does pay for its chassis licenses.
      • 7 Years Ago
      the side looks like the Corolla.
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