Baby panda’s big paws
THERE always seems to be at least one crazy at any motor show.
Once-conservative China is leaping aboard the outrageous concept-car wagon with Geely— one of China’s biggest car manufacturers with a $24 billion turnover in 2012 — trotting out its baby Panda with a 4WD undercarriage.
Suitable for Shanghai and Beijing crowded city streets? Definitely.
The shoehorning of a big truck frame beneath the Panda— normally a breathless 63kW bubble car — is purely to draw a crowd. Pity Geely didn’t apply the same graft on one of its existing four-wheel drive utes.
The Panda — called LC in export markets including New Zealand — was on the cards for Australia but was knocked back this year because of the lack of electronic stability control.
It does, however, have a five-star crash rating on the China-NCAP test program.
The car can’t be called a Panda in most markets because the name is already registered by Fiat.
To reiterate the Panda name in China, the car’s design features Panda pawshaped tail lights.
Geely’s wacky concept car married a Panda body with a 4WD undercarriage