Once upon a time Geely was like any other Chinese manufacturer in the Philippine market, but for all the wrong reasons. Its vehicles embodied the stigma that surrounded China cars at the time: They looked, smelled, and felt cheap. It was far from anything worth celebrating.
But today, things have changed. A lot. Chinese cars haven’t completely broken the stigma yet, but they’re getting there. Geely, for one, has completely reinvented itself in its second stint in our market under its new distributor, Sojitz G Auto Philippines (SGAP).
The carmaker started things off in 2019 with the launch of the Coolray, an impressive crossover that, on paper, trumps a lot of other nameplates in its segment. Geely then followed it up this year by bringing in the Azkarra, a vehicle that also had all the bells and whistles that made it a legitimate competitor.
Now, Geely continues to ride the momentum by launching its third vehicle: the Okavango. This seven-seater SUV is built on the same bang for the buck formula as its stablemates, and it looks ready to make some noise in our market.