Our History

Geely Auto 1.0 to 3.0 Eras

June 1997

Geely Auto enters the automobile industry with the vision of producing cars that ordinary people can afford, becoming China’s first privately-owned auto manufacturer. Products produced during this early period is known as 1st generation products.

August 1998

The first Geely Auto car (Haoqing) rolls off the assembly line in Linhai, Zhejiang.

April 2001

Geely Auto becomes the first privately-owned auto manufacturer officially listed on China’s automobile manufacturer index.

August 2003

The first batch of Geely Auto cars exported to overseas markets.

The first Geely car (Haoqing) rolls off the assembly line in Linhai, Zhejiang.

The media visited the new Geely Emgrand EC7 production line

May 2005

Geely Auto (0175 HK) officially listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

September 2005

Geely Auto debut appearance at the 61st Frankfurt Auto Show, a first for privately-owned Chinese brands.

October 2006

Geely Auto establish a joint venture with Manganese Bronze Holdings to produce the iconic London taxi in Shanghai.

May 2007

Geely Auto announce its entry into its 2.0 era with an increased focus on technology and quality.

November 2007

Geely Auto announced its “Go Global” Globalization Strategy with a promise to make the “safest, eco-friendliest, most energy-efficient cars that can be driven all over the world.”

November 2008

Geely Auto’s 2.0 era compact car “Panda” receives 5 star safety rating from C-NCAP.

March 2009

Geely acquires DSI, the world’s second largest maker of automatic transmissions.

July 2009

Geely Auto’s 2nd generation A-segment car, EC7 rolls off the line in Ningbo. The EC7 has since become the best representation of Geely’s transformation during the 2.0 era. It was highly praised by consumers and became the best-selling Chinese sedan with over 1 million units sold.

“Making Refined Cars for Everyone.”

Geely Auto 3.0 Era

March 2010

Zhejiang Geely Holding reached an agreement with Ford to completely acquire Volvo Cars and become the first Chinese multinational automotive group.

September 2013

Geely Auto and Volvo Cars announce the opening of the jointly run China Euro Vehicle Technology R&D Centre in Gothenburg, Sweden.

April 2014

Geely Auto announces its entry into its 3.0 era with a new brand mission and value proposition focusing on “Making Refined Cars for Everyone.”

October 2014

Geely Auto’s 1.3L Turbo engine is awarded “China Heart” as one of China’s top ten engines in 2014.

December 2014

Geely Auto’s first 3rd generation vehicle, the flagship sedan Emgrand GT designed by renowned car designer Peter Horbury is launched.

May 2015

Zhejiang Geely Holding Group’s London Taxi new factory opening ceremony was held in Coventry, UK. One of Geely Auto’s R&D Centres researching new energy is based in the new Coventry factory.

September 2015

Geely’s Emgrand GT is named the 2016 “China Car of the Year”, becoming the first Chinese brand to win the coveted award.

October 2015

Geely Auto’s 1.8L Turbo engine is awarded “China Heart” as one of China’s top ten engines in 2015.

November 2015

Geely Auto announces the Blue Geely Initiative promising that 90% of its vehicles sold by 2020 will be new energy vehicles using either hybrid or pure electric powertrains.

December 2015

Geely’s Emgrand GT set a new record for safety by receiving the highest score ever seen on the C-NCAP test.

China Euro Vehicle Technology R&D Centre

Geely Emgrand GT Launched

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Geely Auto should look to global trends but our cars should also have a hint of where the company originates from.
Geely’s era 1.0 to 3.0