New Geely hatch to undercut the Tata Nano as the world's cheapest car

Chinese car maker Geely is planning to grab the headlines as maker of the world’s cheapest car, when it launches a small hatchback based on the IG concept shown at Beijing.

Tipped to cost between £1500 and £2000, the IG would undercut the Tata Nano, which currently retails at the equivalent of £2500.

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Geely, which recently bought Volvo from Ford, also claims that the IG, or Intelligent Geely, will be of better quality than the Nano.

Although the IG is 185mm longer than the Toyota iQ and sits on a 100mm longer wheelbase, it is billed as a 2+2, with very limited rear space.

The concept’s expensive gullwing doors are expected to be deleted in favour of a more conventional design.

There’s even a chance that an electric version of the IG will be sold in Europe and the US.

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Geely already sells cars in Russia and eastern Europe, and is looking to expand its reach. “The concept has had a very positive reaction, and with the car not launching until 2012 there is time for us to expand our network before then,” said a spokesman.

The Chinese version of the IG will be powered by a 988cc petrol engine developing 70bhp and 69lb ft and driving the front wheels through a five-speed CVT ’box.

The electric version will follow around 2014 or 2015, featuring a lithium ion battery, an 80bhp/133lb ft electric motor and an estimated range of 93 miles. The concept has solar panels on the roof, bonnet and dash to help increase its range.

The IG is set to be built at new Volvo owner Geely’s Linhai base.

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6 May 2010

It's got a bit of a cheeky charm. Doesn't look cheap and nasty like the Tata Nano. Doubt we'll see it in the UK.

2 October 2012

reminds me of those japanese 600c cars from a few years back.

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6 May 2010

The sort of buyers the Tata Nano is aimed at want two things: 1) ultra cheap running costs. 2) maximum practicality. This Geely concept might in theory offer the former but it certainly doesnt look very practical compared to the Tata. (even if it does have a bootlid lol!) The Tata certainly has much more room inside.

To be honest its just some airy fairy press release they have dreamt up, is there really any chance of Geely selling a car for that price? No. Geely only exist because they operate in a protected market (China). They have no hope of selling their awful shoddy unsafe tat to the rest of the world, not for at least the next 5 years anyway.

I dont think the Tato Nano has anything to worry about for the time being.

6 May 2010

Well I thought it had a bootlid, just had another look at the photo & Im not sure now. Anyway it looks ridiculous. Geely may well show a concept gullwing £1500 small car but in reality they will probably end up launching a cheap copy of an old Renault 5 with the front lights pattern copies off an Astra, a Mercedes grill, the back of a Citroen Xantia grafted on, and an interior made from waste chemicals & polystyrene. Ok Im exaggerating a tiny bit now but you get the idea.

As for the comment about the Tato being cheap & nasty, to me it looks very simply engineered & robust, which is exactly what the target market wants. I think its a brilliant car & from the crash test I saw I was very very impressed as well, Id certainly rather be in a Nano than a 2ndhand Metro for example (of which I have owned 4 in the past!), or anything Geely makes!!!!!!

6 May 2010

[quote Autocar]Chinese car maker Geely is planning to grab the headlines as maker of the world’s cheapest car, when it launches a small hatchback based on the IG concept shown at Beijing.

Tipped to cost between £1500 and £2000, the IG would undercut the Tata Nano, which currently retails at the equivalent of £2500.

See pics of the Geely IG

Geely, which recently bought Volvo from Ford, also cl...Read the full article[/quote]

I hope they keep the gullwing doors. It's the only thing I'd buy this car for.

6 May 2010

How can a CVT transmission have 5 speeds?

6 May 2010

on one hand we have the £1500 geely / nano rival and on the other £220,000 bentley. guess which side i'm on !

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6 May 2010

Yawn, the Chinese manufacturers are like the boy who cried wolf, I find it hard to believe most of their claims anymore, in fairness, they are progressing at an incredible rate but the continual promises of global sales and cutting edge technology seem to always come to very little.

6 May 2010

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How can a CVT transmission have 5 speeds?

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I believe it's possible to have a manual override on a CVT, with a certain number of preset positions.

6 May 2010

[quote Rover P6 3500S]I believe it's possible to have a manual override on a CVT, with a certain number of preset positions. [/quote] Yep, I believe Merc actually set up their A-class CVT to switch between 7 pre-determined ratios to feel more like a conventional automatic, though with faster response times. My wife's CVT equipped car actually has "paddle-shifters" with 6 pre-determined ratios which we have never used - a car with CVT generally has it for fuel consumption and by using ratios instead of letting the computer work it out you negate the benefit. On the topic of this car... "meh". Strikes me as a publicity stunt.

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