Geely reveals new GC9 flagship sedan

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Geely GC9 grille Geely makes the bulk of its news these days resulting from its acquisition of Volvo, but the Chinese automaker has its own product line in addition to its adopted Scandinavian, and this is its new flagship.

Called the GC9, Geely's new top-of-the-line sedan draws on the KC Concept it unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show in April, 2013. The design was penned by Peter Horbury, the former Volvo designer who was named chief designer at Geely in 2012.

Details are few and far between, but along with these five images – three outside shots, one in and one of the grille – Geely said Horbury and his team "looked to powerful yet agile sources of inspiration" including fighter jets, supercars and even cheetahs at full gallop. Meanwhile the "light yet elegant interior" draws inspiration from stone bridges and Chinese heritage.

Geely is scheduled to unveil the GC9 in full at the Guangzhou Auto Show this coming November.
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Geely Auto Releases Teaser Shots of Forthcoming Flagship Sedan

- Production Sedan Will Be Shown At The Guangzhou Auto Show In November
- Developed by Peter Horbury and utilizes Geely's New Design Language

5th September, 2014. Hangzhou, China. Geely Auto are on the verge of launching an all new flagship sedan based on the KC Concept that was unveiled at the Shanghai Auto Show in April 2013. The new vehicle will become the flagship for the Geely Auto brand and will be its most ambitious vehicle to date in terms of design, technology, safety and driving dynamics.

The entirely new sedan is set to be named the GC9 and was developed by automotive design industry veteran Peter Horbury who previously led the Volvo design team before moving to Geely Auto in 2012. The GC9 is the first vehicle to be developed by Horbury under his tenure as the Chief Designer at Geely Auto and encompasses Geely's new global design language. This design language will eventually be rolled out onto a new generation of Geely vehicles which are being designed simultaneously in Sweden, Barcelona, California, Hangzhou and Shanghai by Geely's global teams.

When designing the GC9 Peter Horbury and his team looked to powerful yet agile sources of inspiration such as the side profile of jet fighters and supercars, and also the empowering stance of cheetahs at high speed. Both the interior and exterior reinforce the concept of an exceptionally well built vehicle that is both empowering yet low key in terms of styles.

Interior design inspiration came from ancient Chinese stone bridges which were integrated into the dashboard and central area to define smooth clear lines to separate key content areas via gentle curving lines that meet Peter's goal of creating a light yet elegant interior. Another major goal for the design team when developing the GC9 was to show the GC's Chinese heritage in a subtle way; aspects such as the dark wood used highlights the exquisiteness of Chinese luxury throughout the ages and stitching lines down the center of the seat also reflect a traditional Chinese gown.

The GC9 sedan will have its official airing at the 12th Annual Guangzhou Auto Show which runs from November 20th to November 29th 2014.

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