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2013-09-09 14:49

GEELY GC2, BARGIN BUY? The new GC2 sports a 1.0 engine and all the goodies of a budget car usually priced over R100 000. Image: Quickpic

The Chinese are invading the local market with loads of new products. Geely is the latest with its one-litre, GC2. It doesn't seem half bad at all at least in terms of features and it comes with a fire extinguisher in case you’re worried.

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Geely has launched what it claims is the "cheapest one-litre, hi-specced car in the country" giving the rest of the cheapies a serious run for their money.

Geely South Africa says its new GC2 out-performs everything in its class as far as performance and standard kit is concerned. The GC2 is a compact hatch based on the LC.

STANDARD KIT

Under the bonnet of this front-wheel drive car is a 997cc three-cylinder petrol engine capable of 50kW/88Nm mated to a five-speed manual. Geely said: “(It's) a great engine and drives on par with a four-cylinder”.

Standard goodies include aircon, power windows, an audio system and a full-size spare wheel.

Geely marketing manager Gareth Azzie said: "The GC2 offers much more car for money compared to direct competitors with smaller engines and less standard equipment. It is aimed at entry market - school graduates, tertiary students and other young people starting work.”

Niceties include halogen lights, front and rear fog lights, power door mirrors, dual-coloured fabric seat covers, remote-controlled central locking, alarm, four three-point seat belts, driver’s belt warning, open-door buzzer, rear windscreen wiper with defrosting and demisting, 14” tyres wrapping steel rims, radio with USB and AUX sockets and a fire extinguisher.

The car costs R89 900 and comes with a three-year or 100 000km warranty, service plans are also available.

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