Geely GE limousine is all-new, and not a Rolls rip-off says spokesman
24 April 2010

The Geely GE limousine that drew criticism for its startling similarity to the Rolls-Royce Phantom when it was unveiled last year is on display in modified form at the Bejing motor show.

The car has been extensively restyled, getting a rounder look, especially at the front end. Inside, it gets two rear seats rather than the single 'throne' arrangement of the original concept.

See thpictures of the new-look Geely GE limousine

A spokesman for Geely said: "Everything about this car is new, from the platform to the styling. It no longer borrows any inspiration from other manufacturers."

The Geely GE prototype was unveiled at last year's Shanghai motor show, painted black and given pride of place on a raised plinth in the middle of Geely’s huge stand. Soon after its launch Rolls-Royce officials announced they were considering legal action.

It made obvious reference to the Rolls in the shape of its cabin, windows and down-sloping rear deck. The 'Grecian temple' grille was also considered close to being a Rolls copy, especially as it was topped by a figure which seemed to draw influence from Rolls-Royce's traditional Spirit of Ecstasy, except that the figure slopes backwards. The figure remains on the current car.

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13 April 2010

interesting lights. nearly as good lookind as me.

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13 April 2010

A Basking Shark on wheels!

13 April 2010

[quote Richard H]A Basking Shark on wheels![/quote]

That frontal aspect is as handsome and understated as any modern Audi.

13 April 2010

They've taken the same ugly grill from the taxi concept.

Corporate identity carried too far !

13 April 2010

Not happy at the slap on the wrist from Rolls Royce, have they have decided to "liberate" the rear design of the merc Mayback!

13 April 2010

Those design elements look familiar. Grille - Lincoln Navigator. Indicators - Audi. Headlights - early Rav 4? A pretty ghastly mix, but no longer RR.

13 April 2010

What we see here, is actually the new Volvo S90. A LWB-version will appear as an S110 shortly. Gruesome car...

13 April 2010

How butch, I wouldn't want to get caught on the hood ornament :p

but as another poster says, at least it looks less like an RR. Definitely more Merc S class design elements at the back now, I would like to at least see one feels like tho in the back, it does look rather comfy

13 April 2010

It could have been worse they could have continued with the RR theme. The rear looks similar to the BMW 7 series in the boot profile.

13 April 2010

[quote noluddite]Grille - Lincoln Navigator.[/quote]

Not sure the Grille looks anything like a Navigator - More like a Whale Shark.

Is this not the kind of thing that makes you detest chinese cars!

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