Top-end Volvos soon to be made in China

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an­nounced it wouldn’t chase the lux­ury-car mar­ket and in­tended to make cars with a max­i­mum engine size of four cylin­ders.

But Cars­guide learns in Shang­hai that Geely will make the car within three years in China and only in left-hand drive.

The sleek car on the Geely stand — called the KC Con­cept — at the Chi­nese car expo is more pro­duc­tion­friendly than the Volvo Uni­verse and its fol­low-up de­sign, the You.

Gone is the sui­cide rear doors and love-it, hate-it P1800-in­spired grille, re­placed with smoother lines and a sil­hou­ette re­sem­bling a Jaguar XJ. The fact it now wears Geely badges in­di­cates that Geely could be pulling rank on Volvo — which it bought in 2010 — and col­lect­ing de­signs for its do­mes­tic mar­ket.

Geely has stated that Volvos will start to be built in China from next year and, as part of that process, safety tech­nol­ogy de­vel­oped by Volvo will be­gin to be in­te­grated into Geely’s pas­sen­ger car and SUV mod­els.

Geely in Au­gust will start to sell its Holden Cruze-size EC7 in the Aus­tralian mar­ket, priced from $14,990 drive away.

Geely is one of the few Chi­nese car­mak­ers that ma-

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