MIAS 2011: China's Geely cars arrive in the Philippines

Brand's first dealership to open this month
by Patrick Everett Tadeo | Apr 7, 2011
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Geely Panda at MIAS 2011

Chinese car brand Geely has finally landed in the Philippines courtesy of its exclusive distributor, AutoChina, Inc.

AutoChina launched Geely at the opening day of the 7th Manila International Auto Show as the company wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to promote the newest Chinese car brand to the more than 80,000 attendees that are expected to cross the World Trade Center Metro Manila's doors the next four days.

Geely has yet to open its first dealership in the Philippines, which is currently under construction along EDSA in Balintawak, Quezon City, but AutoChina director Christopher James Tan said orders are now being accepted for the two models it launched at the MIAS--the Emgrand EC7 compact sedan and the Panda hatchback.

"The dealership is expected to be finished by (the end of) April, just in time for the arrival of the first shipment of Geely cars," said Tan.

Although AutoChina has yet to set a definite price on the two models, Tan said the company hopes to sell the Panda for "no more than P425,000" and the Emgrand EC7 for "less than P750,000."

The Panda comes with a 1.3-liter engine that's paired to a five-speed manual transmission to produce 84hp and 110Nm of torque, while the Emgrand EC7 has a 1.8-liter engine and a five-speed manual transmission and puts out 102Kw and 172Nm of torque.

Do you think Geely is looking at just the right price points for its vehicles?

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