Geely steps into lux­ury

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By NEIL DOWLING

BIG brother Geely has grabbed Volvo’s lux­ury con­cept car and now plans to make it in China.

The 2011 Volvo Con­cept Uni­verse, a free­hand saloon de­signed to pro­pel the Swede into the ranks of BMW’s 7-Se­ries and Audi’s A8, ap­peared on Geely’s Shang­hai mo­tor show stand.

At the same time, Volvo kes its own driv­e­lines but there are cur­rently no plans for any engine larger than 2.4-litres.

In fact a Geely pub­li­ca­tion on its driv­e­lines — in­clud­ing its DSI trans­mis­sion plant in Al­bury — shows its most pow­er­ful engine will be a 132kW 1.8-litre four­cylin­der tur­bocharged petrol unit.

Sadly, it di­min­ishes the per­for­mance po­ten­tial of the con­cept car’s shape.

Pic­ture: NEIL DOWLING

Geely’s new lux­ury car, based on a Volvo con­cept, is un­veiled at the Shang­hai mo­tor show with plans for it to drive off the pro­duc­tion line within three years

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