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Geely GE: Chinese Rolls-Royce?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by hypersonic, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. hypersonic

    hypersonic Senior member

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    Well here's somthing to make you laugh ....or perhaps vomit.


    Geely GE

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  2. hypersonic

    hypersonic Senior member

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    China's Geely says not copying Rolls-Royce

    SHANGHAI (AFP) — A Chinese auto company denied Friday its new top-of-the-line car was a copy of a Rolls-Royce, but the world renowned luxury brand said it was keeping its options open about taking legal action.

    Geely Automobile, one of China's major independent car makers, launched its GE at this week's Shanghai Auto Show, and the sedan attracted much interest for its resemblance to the iconic Rolls-Royce Phantom limousine.

    A Geely spokeswoman admitted Friday that there were some similarities but insisted the GE -- which stands for "Geely Excellence" -- was an original.

    "As it were, they are actually different.... people may feel they are the same at the first glance, but the details are certainly different," spokeswoman Zhang Xiaoshu told AFP.

    The glossy black GE, still a prototype, comes with some of the Phantom's signature features, including the grille, down-sloping rear deck, and even a badge that looks like the Rolls-Royce Flying Lady mascot.

    On its website, Geely also says the GE is "re-inventing the classic", without saying which classic car it is re-inventing.

    Rolls-Royce said Friday it would not rule out legal action against Geely.

    "We are reviewing all our options for this," Rolls-Royce Asia Pacific corporations manager Hal Serudin told AFP when asked if the company would take any legal action when the GE hit the market.

    "Some people have asked us 'are we flattered'," he said, referring to the expression of copying being the sincerest form of flattery.

    "We are certainly not flattered by this."

    Geely's Zhang said the GE was set to go on sale within three years, probably for about one million yuan (146,400 dollars), which could be up to a sixth less than a Phantom depending on Chinese taxes.

    With the relatively low cost of the GE, Serudin said it would likely not be a serious competitor to the Phantom.

    "Due to the pricing of the car, they will not be targeting the same segment of customers. Our customers certainly would not be looking at that sort of pricing," he said.

    China's fast-growing automakers, such as Geely and Chery Automobile, are keen to expand into the more profitable high-end segment of the industry.

    Such ambitions have drawn similar controversies in the past.

    In 2007, Shuanghuan Auto based in northern China drew headlines after it launched vehicles that looked similar to DaimlerChrysler's Smart Fortwo and BMW's X5 sports utility.
     
  3. crazyquik

    crazyquik Senior member

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    Perfect for doting Chinese parents to drive their Little Emperors around in.
     
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    Dashaansafin Senior member

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    Flambeur Senior member

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    Would be kind of cool if they didn't try to copy the phantom so hard.
     
  6. hypersonic

    hypersonic Senior member

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    How much is it?
    This is a prototype but the article says it would cost 146,400 US dollars.

    Perfect for doting Chinese parents to drive their Little Emperors around in.
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  7. Maharlika

    Maharlika Senior member

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    The Chinese is the new Japanese. I recall when the Japanese disassembled a Mercedez- Benz and they created/copied it and launched their Lexus automobiles.
     
  8. clee1982

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    check out that back seat, that's what I call bad ass...
     
  9. hypersonic

    hypersonic Senior member

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    It appears much inspiration has been taken from Pope Paul VI's special Mercedes-Benz 600 Landaulet.

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    Would be kind of cool if they didn't try to copy the phantom so hard.
    +1
     
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    The Chinese is the new Japanese. I recall when the Japanese disassembled a Mercedez- Benz and they created/copied it and launched their Lexus automobiles.
    uhh... no. Which lexus was an EXACT COPY of a benz again?
     
  12. Dashaansafin

    Dashaansafin Senior member

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    150K for a copy of the Rolls? What the fuck? Why not just get a Bently instead of a crappy imitation??
     
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    Xiaogou Senior member

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    Perfect for doting Chinese parents to drive their Little Emperors around in.


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  14. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Looks better than the Phantom. Who knows about the guts? Could be better than Rolls, could be not...
     
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    Would be kind of cool if they didn't try to copy the phantom so hard.
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    FidelCashflow Senior member

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    for a second, I thought this would be the ultimate car for all the small-timers out there... until I saw the price tag.
     
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    Geely Excellence somehow doesn`t sound as right as Rolls-Royce
     
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    I'll probably get flamed for saying this but it looks like the bastard child of a Rolls Royce and a Hyundai
     
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    It appears much inspiration has been taken from Pope Paul VI's special Mercedes-Benz 600 Landaulet.

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    this is kind of crap that comes to mind when they ask me if i would like to make a donation.
     
  20. Dragon

    Dragon Senior member

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    uhh... no. Which lexus was an EXACT COPY of a benz again?

    not an EXACT copy, but their whole lineup is pretty much a copy of MB. I remember watching a documentary in Japan a long time ago, and the Lexus execs where bragging about how they successfully copied MB styling and engineering, at a much lower price.

    Maybe now they try to copy BMW too.
     

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