Chinese manufacturer, Geely, left South Africa a while ago, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any influence on the local car scene.
As you might know, Geely bought Volvo a few years ago and it’s directly responsible for Volvo making such a huge comeback. Every Volvo on sale today owes its existence to Geely, which is a giant in the car-making business in China.
Up until now the two brands have kept things very separate, but now the first Volvo-based Geely has made its debut.
It doesn’t have a name yet, but it’s codenamed FY11. It’s a crossover coupé and it actually looks quite nice. There are some hints of BMW X4 in there, but there’s enough difference there to avoid any copyrights cases.
It uses a platform jointly developed with Volvo, which means it will probably have a lot in common with the current XC line-up.
FY11 is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine with 175kW and 350Nm on tap.
It will be available in both front and all-wheel drive derivatives.