• May 7, 2010
Geely IG Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Word on the web would have us believe that Geely has its eyes set on snatching the least-expensive car crown from Tata. The Chinese automaker has announced that it will bring its IG concept to market, and that it will cost a mere $2,250 at current conversion rates. If that's not enough to raise your eyebrows, the company says that its pint-size econobox will be a higher-quality alternative to what's currently rolling out of India. Granted, that's not exactly an atmospheric quality goal, but at this price point, every little bit helps.

Expect to see a 70 horsepower, 1.0-liter engine to put power to the front wheels via a CVT gearbox when the car hits markets in China and Russia. The company hasn't made mention of any fuel economy numbers just yet, but we have to imagine the IG can hold its own in that department.

Autocar reports that the company plans to have the IG in showrooms by 2012, and that there's some chance that an all-electric version will crop up in both Europe and the U.S. not long after. The company is already planning to swap the gasoline engine for an electric motor with 80 horsepower and 133 lb-ft of torque. There's no word on what we can expect in terms of top speed, but the company says the concept is capable of cruising for 93 miles on a single charge.



[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks better than the Nano.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This thing looks sweet!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Finally, something fresh and original from the Chinese auto-makers. It looks good!

      If if goes into production, I hope Geely doesn't expect their customers to park these in narrow garages though. Those doors are MASSIVE!
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's a race to the bottom. Everybody has to have a car in India and China. So much for trying to be environmentally friendly. Even if the penetration rate for automobiles is only 33% in both countries that's 792,000,000 cars on the road. That's a lot of cars in just two countries.

        http://www.idrivesafely.com/Nevada/
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just don't get it lol. It's all trash yet the U.S. is the world's largest consumer of this china "trash" as it were. Autos won't be far behind if you look at the timeline of chinese imports. China has come a very long way, and yes they have a ways to go, but they are making head way. And how in the hell do people say these are GT-R headlights and that this thing looks like a C30 lol. The headlights are not at all like a GT-R, and it might look like a C-30 if you poked out one eye and wore a monocle that was a half inch thick, and then looked through a glass of water.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like the offspring of a Nissan Rogue and a VW Beetle...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Geely seems to be learning from others mistakes and improving their design and quality. Hopefully they'll continue to improve.
      • 4 Years Ago
      and now I know what life size GT-R headlights look like on a 1/64th scale Hot Wheel.

      --RS
      • 4 Years Ago
      I like this car! it's cute and not so dated like tata.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Finally a nice looking mini-compact. This makes the Smart look instantly dated. I work from a home office and don't commute so the electric range works for me. I'd buy it in a heartbeat if there is a dealer network to support it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Geelys are becoming little buckets of chinese fun!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks better than the smart.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So... if the lead paint, inadequate safety measures, or crappy ass handling failing when going around a corner doesn't kill you, the spontaneous combustion of the vehicle will...

      I will NEVER buy a Chinese car. They are absolute crap... worse than GM
        • 4 Years Ago
        @IdreamAudi Well, instincts also tell people vintage cars are safer because they are "built like tanks", and people all over the world believe they have a good shot at winning the lottery.

        Our brain is a giant statistical machine. It needs a sample sufficiently large and random for the instinct to work well. That's why people with a broad range of experiences are considered more wise. The problem is that people don't go through the trouble to take a comprehensive sample, and make "premature judgments", thus becoming "prejudiced". It doesn't simply imply racist, it's a laziness of the mind.

        We live in an "answer" culture, we are not in the habit of suspending our judgments. Being uncertain about things makes us look incompetent, and it hurts our ego. Opinions become part of our identity, rather than simply opinions.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh4Sh0: And where are these cars ?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Analyst I'm not prejudice but tend to agree with Ronzo, people stay alive with good instincts. instincts are formed through common sense and experience...both of which tell me not to buy a Chinese car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Which Chinese car did you own and have such a bad experience with which lead you to state such blanket derisory comments about all cars built there?
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