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Is this for real? Chinese car company delivers keys to new cars by drone to combat COVID-19

Chinese car maker Geely claims to have come up with a unique way to hand over new cars while keeping a safe distance during the COVID-19 outbreak – by getting a drone to deliver the keys. While it's unclear whether this is just a PR stunt, the company claims the service will be offered in select locations, using a remotely-controlled drone to deliver keys to front doors and even to the balconies of new-car buyers...

2020 Geely Icon launched, nets 30k digital orders

China’s Geely claims to have taken more than 30,000 digital pre-orders for its brand new Icon small SUV ahead of the completely online product launch this week. The company - which has launched an online test-drive, sales and servicing portal, and which owns the subscription-based car brand Lynk & Co - also claims to have fast-tracked the fitment of a bolstered air purification system in response to the Coronavirus...

Geely is selling and delivering new cars online

China’s Geely Auto - perhaps best known in the west as parent of Volvo Cars, Lotus and the London EV Company - has launched a proprietary, contactless online ordering platform that enables customers to buy and take delivery. It is also offering home test drives, booked by a potential buyer who is visited by their closest local dealer in a demo car...

Volvo and Geely considering merger

Volvo Cars and Geely have confirmed they are investigating a merger. Currently Volvo Cars is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chinese automaker. In a joint statement to the press, they said the mooted merger will "accelerate financial and technological synergies between the two companies", as well as improve scale and allow them to "be a leader in the on-going transformation of the automotive industry"...

Geely launches Geometry 'high-end' electric car brand

Geely unveiled the new Geometry A electric sedan at an event in Singapore overnight. The Chinese automaker says the Geometry A is the first of 10 new models from the brand due by 2025, and which will include sedans, crossovers and people movers. Previously referred to as the Geely GE11, the Geometry A will be available in three specification levels, and with two battery options...

Geely buys 50 per cent of Smart

Daimler and Geely have agreed to form a joint venture company to run Smart, with each firm owning 50 per cent and having three seats on the board of directors. As was planned before today's announcement, Smart will become an all-electric brand from 2020 onwards. It will also continue to focus on inner city-friendly vehicles, although the "product portfolio is also planned to be extended into the fast-growing B-segment"...

Smart: 50 per cent stake could be sold to Geely - report

Three sources have told The Financial Times Daimler, owner of Mercedes-Benz, is close to selling a 50 per cent stake in the Smart brand to Chinese automaker Geely. A deal could be announced as soon as the Shanghai motor show, which takes place in the middle of April. If the sale goes ahead, it would fit both Smart's future vision for itself and Geely's acquisitive streak...

Jaguar F-Type designer appointed Geely UK's head of design

Geely Design UK, which Burgess is set to lead, will be based in Coventry, and will have around 100 designers and support staff within five years. The Coventry-based facility will work on the Geely, Lynk & Co, Proton and Lotus brands, as well as providing support for the London Electric Vehicle Company (LEVC), which makes the city's iconic black taxi cabs...

Geely FY11 'Sports Coupe SUV' revealed

The interior and exterior of the Geely 'Sports Coupe SUV', codenamed FY11, have been unveiled as the company pushes to become one of China's more premium domestic brands. Externally the FY11 mixes the silhouette of a BMW X4 with Geely's "expanding cosmos grille", and its corporate thin head- and tail-light treatment...

Geely FY11 'coupe SUV' teased

Geely has teased a new 'coupe SUV' model, codenamed FY11, but full details about the car have yet to be released. Up front the FY11 sports an angular headlight shape, and an iteration of its concentric or "expanding universe" grille design. The company claims the car's "powerful daylight running lights give [it] a strong predator cat appearance"...

Mercedes-Benz, Geely considering joint ride-hailing service - report

Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz and Smart, is reportedly considering starting a 50-50 joint-venture ride-hailing service with Chinese carmaker Geely. Sources have told Bloomberg the ride-hailing system would be for the Chinese market. Daimler is reportedly considering using vehicles from its Denza electric car brand, which itself is a joint venture with BYD and produces EVs based on the first-generation B-Class...