Are you ready for this, GM?

Ten Packs

Council Member
Nov 21, 2004
Kamloops BC
China makes Detroit debut
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Published: Tuesday, December 27, 2005
Autos - Amid all the hoopla at next month's Detroit auto show, a simple silver midsize sedan might generate the most buzz.

It's from Geely Motors, which will become the first Chinese automaker in the almost 100-year history of the auto show to display a made-in-China car intended for sale in the United States.

The silver sedan, called the Geely 7151 CK, will be priced below $10,000 when it goes on sale in 2008, making it the lowest-priced model in the midsize segment, said John Harmer, vice president and chief operating officer of Geely U.S.A.

Geely, pronounced JEE-lee, is one of several Chinese automakers gearing up to sell vehicles in the United States, providing more competition for General Motors Corp., Ford Motor Co. and the Chrysler Group.

For their part, GM and Ford have been building and selling cars in China for several years, and at a tidy profit.

Great Wall Motor Company Ltd., one of the largest pickup manufacturers in China, had talked to auto show officials about displaying a vehicle at next month's show. But Great Wall has now decided to wait until at least 2007, said Richard Genthe, owner of Dick Genthe Chevrolet in Southgate, Mich.