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Geely IG Fantastic Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

Tata Motors has milked the Nano minicar's "most affordable" status for a ton of press, but it might soon hand the title belt over to a new challenger. According to a report at TopNews.in, Geely's reportedly got its own ultra-frugal compact in the works for 2010. Called the IG, it's expected to bring a $2,250 price tag and a 1.0-liter, 70 horsepower motor to the party.

We have no idea what to expect from a new car that's priced like a lawn tractor, but word is that Geely aims to surpass the Nano from a quality standpoint. We already have a good idea of what the IG might look like if/when the Chinese microcar hits crowded city streets in a couple years, since Geely showed off the IG Fantastic concept car at last year's Shanghai Motor Show.

While we're certain the concept's gullwing doors will never see life outside an exhibition hall, we're thinking that a cute little runabout could fare quite nicely with a $2,250 price tag. We'll likely never see the IG here in the States, but the folks in China and India will probably love it.

[Source: TopNews]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Sure as hell looks better than the Nano. Something like this has a chance.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do not hold your breath for the Chinese to build and sell cars in North America. They seem to make a lot of show cars and sell them in China, but nothing else. Chances of this car being built...... about zero.
      • 4 Years Ago
      We made fun of the first Toyotas, and the first Kias, but we are not laughing anymore! The Chinese will have a much sharper learning curve, the money to buy any expertise they are lacking, and an inexhaustable supply of hard working, loyal labor. If that doesn't scare hell out of us, we are brain dead! Like the man said, the engineering has mostly already been done and all they have to do is copy, plus they may actually be ahead in some aspects of EVs. It would be a fatal mistake to sell the Chinese short.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Kias are not the work of only Japanese people."

        They are not. Kia is Korean.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Toyotas and Kias are not the work of only Japanese people. They are global so they get talents from all over the world, as do GM and Ford. Geely will as well. Heck, Geely already acquired Australia-based DSI and Sweden-based Volvo. When they set up headquarter in the states they would also employ American designers and engineers the way Toyota and Kia do right now.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If anyone can do the Nano cheaper, it's the Chinese. Doing everything cheaper just happens to be their specialty. Purses? Shoes? Electronics? I don't see why they can't do it with cars. They'll probably follow their usual pattern of skimping on luxuries like "metallurgy" and other witchcraft that is not immediately visible to the customer.

      And to the guy who said the French would love it because the headlights go so far back, right on. I thought I was the only one who noticed Peugeuot's headlights are now inches from the sideview mirrors.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They say gullwing doors, but judging from the picture, $2,250 isn't enough to buy a door on the driver's side.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is a pic of last year's concept, which only had ONE door. This year's modified version has gullwings.
      • 4 Years Ago
      great work man .........i appreciate your hard work!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nano made huge impact on automobile industry, this is the proof of that. il learned about the social economic impact on bangla-choti-online.blogspot.com
      • 4 Years Ago
      for $5000 I'd rather buy a used car
      • 4 Years Ago
      I certainly doubt Geely ever launching it in India. Since it doesn't actually have a dealership network in India. Also, the Nano isn't the hot selling minicar as Tata had expected it to be. The Sub $2250 (~1 Lakh) car it promised was never delivered, the Nano was a market experiment at best.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seems like they were an experiment period.

        World's cheapest spontaneous combustion machine? No thanks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Charge $6000 for it and make sure it can readily achieve 80-90mph and I would buy one as an effecient run about.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Of course! China will built world's cheaper car. They have great ideas and technology. Nepali People able to afford it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      $2,250!!! That's HALF of the interest I paid on my car!!!!
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