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Geely MK now Australia’s cheapest car

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    The MK is a four-door sedan with only a five-speed manual. Its standard features include a five-year warranty, airconditioning, two airbags, remote central locking, alloy wheels and electric windows.

AN $11,990 drive-away price is confirmed for Australia's first Chinese passenger car.

The Geely MK 1.5-litre sedan will be the nation's equal cheapest car, matched by the 1.3-litre Proton S16.  A shipload of 100 sedans arrived in Perth this week and go on sale within a fortnight.

Australian distributor, Perth-based John Hughes, says the MK will only be sold in WA. The high profile dealer, the state's biggest, has built a new showroom close to the city centre for Geely.

He says the MK will only be sold in WA primarily because it currently is the sole Geely product.  "I can't get dealers to commit finances to a new showroom to support one model," he says.  "When other models arrive, then the brand will be available across the country."

The second reason for the containment of sales in WA is because the MK doesn't have electronic stability control and won't meet the 2011 vehicle standard of Victoria.

"But the next Geely model, the Panda LC, will go on sale around the middle of this year as an automatic and with stability control," he says.
"This will be followed by the bigger 1.8-litre EC7 sedan in the third quarter."

The MK is a four-door sedan with only a five-speed manual. Its standard features include a five-year warranty, airconditioning, two airbags, remote central locking, alloy wheels and electric windows.  A second shipment of 100 cars is expected next month.

Mr Hughes, who has huge success with his multi-franchise dealerships, was the original distributor and retailer of Hyundai in the mid-1980s. He has frequently been Australia's biggest selling Hyundai dealer by volume, not capita.

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  • I drove a Geely in WA just recently from Budget rent a car it was quite economical but extreemly noisy. If the WA government are serious about the road toll and accidents they will get this car off the road. It would not pass in Vic NSW or QLD. Lacks acceleration and brakes are somewhat dubious.

    Jeff Kennedy of Queensland Posted on 18 May 2012 8:51pm
  • Typical of John Hughs to be responsible for these trash cars coming to Australia. He is after all the man who has built an empire importing cheap Korean garbage vehicles here.

    Aaron of Perth Posted on 13 January 2012 6:31pm
  • Steven u should look around the world. Speed is a governments excuse for not making better roads or better driver ed. Safety features active and passive have more to do with lowering road tolls then anything else. Because accidents do happen. the majority at under 50kmh and by people wearing seatbelts. And yet they end up with neck, back, and other injuries that cause chronic pain for life and cost the country a fortune. So maybe that extra few dollars for safety is a worthwhile investment. as well as u cant control those idiots, so if they hit your car would u say safety is overated then???? and Jims "opinion" that a bigger car will fare better is mostly consistent with a thing called physics. sure a small car may have 5stars but a large car with 3 hitting it is likely to fare the better. Its like a tank has no safety rating but my money is on it versus the 5 star car. because Mass matters

    chris Posted on 29 June 2011 11:32am
  • Did we hear right on ACA? That power steering is an extra?

    jan of gold coast Posted on 14 February 2011 8:19pm
  • @Jim, That is your opinion, a bigger car isn't necessarily better. I have no need for a large vehicle. Older and heavier, means a hell of a lot bigger fuel bill, plus it will be closer to end of life requiring another investment earlier than you would hope for, so financially while it looks similar to begin with, it is a very slippery slope. I would also have to say safety is the most over-rated thing in the automotive industry. If you take out push bikes, motorcycles, pedestrians, (those not affected by a cars safety) and idiots driving at twice the speed limit or not wearing their seat belt (those who will die or be seriously injured regardless of their cars safety) the road toll is almost zero. It's only a scare campaign.

    Steven of Melbourne Posted on 19 January 2011 7:19pm
  • Ashley, cars as small & tinny as the Alto are never safe. It wouldn't have mattered if the Alto had scored a 5 star NCAP rating, you just have to look at it to see that accident in this at any speed is not going to end well. Rear end collision protection for example is virtually non-existent. For the price of a new Alto you could get a decent 2nd hand Mazda3 / Lancer / Astra / Focus / etc. that would be a much better car overall.

    Jim C of Sydney Posted on 07 January 2011 2:09pm
  • Jim C > What is wrong with the alto? Sure its a small car but It scored a 4 star safety rating. Its safer than a raft of second hand cars, and many more expensive ones.

    Ashley of Bendigo Posted on 07 January 2011 9:33am
  • So following on from crap like that offered by Proton and Great Wall Motors (and even from Suzuki with the Alto) Australia continues to be a dumping ground for the world's automotive garbage. This piece of disposable tin-foil makes a good argument for buying a decent 2nd hand car.

    Jim C of Sydney Posted on 06 January 2011 9:45pm
  • Wow, Neil. Nice of you to get Mr Hughes to write the article for you. '....only be sold in WA primarily because it currently is the sole Geely product'? Wouldn't the primary reason for it not being sold in any other states is that is not allowed to be sold in any other state? What price do people put on their own/families safety I wonder. Keeping in mind that a few short years ago they scored zero in the crash test for the CK.

    Andrew of Kingswood Posted on 06 January 2011 4:18pm
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