Geely GE – A Rolls Royce knockoff or “Totally original, I swear” ?

Rolls Royce | April 3rd, 2009 by 14
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The Chinese automaker Geely, which was mentioned a couple of days ago in one of our articles that stirred some controversy among our readers, has …

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The Chinese automaker Geely, which was mentioned a couple of days ago in one of our articles that stirred some controversy among our readers, has just released some photos of their latest high-end luxury model: Geely GE.

As soon as the first photos hit the web and the inbox of many auto publications, the stories about a Rolls Royce clone have started to flow around the internet. The general consensus was and still is that the Geely GE resembles the RR Phantom model more than it should.

Beside the exterior design approach identical to the Phantom, the 17.5-foot long GE comes loaded with isolation glass and wool carpet just like the “real deal”. To differentiate themselves a bit, the interior design gets a central single rear seat, similar to a throne.

To give Geely some credit also, the GE does not get suicide rear doors seen on the Rolls Royce Phantom models.

The Chinese luxury vehicle will make its debut at the Shanghai Auto Show later this month, but the questions remains if BMW AG’s lawyers are going to be busy for the next few months….

Here is an image of the Rolls Royce Phantom

P.S No, we’re not picking on the Chinese nation, we’re just saying…..

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14 responses to “Geely GE – A Rolls Royce knockoff or “Totally original, I swear” ?”

  1. Jag says:

    look at the rear “throne”! ridiculous!

  2. s@sh says:

    Throne is the only thing that is interesting in this car. All other parts – clone of RR.
    I regret that BMW lost an action once in similar case when it complained against X5 clone

  3. Doug says:

    They even have the starry-night-sky (“Starlight Headliner”) cabin lighting.

    You know, seated thus, the communist party members won’t be able to even reach the windows to wave and acknowledge the proletariat. And that’s too bad.

  4. Gil says:

    Just one seat in the rear? How are you supposed to invite other people into your car and show off your wealth?!

  5. Hantra says:

    You know, we have an awful lot of old clunker nukes just sitting around rusting. We should at least make sure they still work.

  6. Doug says:

    @Hantra: Why, when we can buy exact replicas for 1/10th the price from china?

  7. Gil says:

    Is the paint lead-free….. :)

  8. Gord says:

    If you must copy, than please make sure the copy is beautiful.

    BTW, that throne looks kinda cool. :D

  9. Lance says:

    LOL, it is amazing how much effort they put into copying something else. Is it so hard to design something good looking and original? Besides, something is lacking with the new Geely, it looks like an old luxury car from the 1980’s, like thsoe old Roll Royces.

    Nice try though, but BMW should stop wasting time to go to court, because that thing is nothing like the new era Rolls Royce:)

    But I must add that China is starting to produce cars and they have to start somewhere. The best is to learn from the bottom. Judging from the work ethics and the recent education levels and development in that country, it should not be long before they develop something on par with the likes of BMW, Lexus and Merc. Bear in mind that they (the country) have a wealth of resources at a reaonably cheap price, which cannot be beneficial to manufacturers like BMW, because their management team has decided that their company will only manufacture parts from Germany as they are a German brand. i.e. not being able to take advantage of cheaper raw material without compromising on quality -something to think about if they are still on strategy ONE.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      @Lance, great reply.

      I agree, I believe they have to start somewhere and in 10 years, we’ll look at chinese cars differently. But for now, they could at least make it less obvious when copying a design. I also heard that chinese automakers could care less about the copyright laws since they are mostly sold in China and no one can touch them. Probably why BMW lost against the X5 clone

  10. ATHENIAN says:

    Way to go Geely!

    Even as a genuine Rolls Royce owner, I fail to see why a car should be priced at € 100-200-300-500K thousand euros or more … its not a house for God’s sake!

    So my hat off to the Chinese that make a look alike and at a very very affordable price and displace the ever pompous German by now make.

    As for the crap many pose regarding copies and look alikes and etc I can simply say that the grill of the RR is fashioned after the Parthenon and the statue used also after the original Greek one… as so many buildings are all over the world for example…

    There is no other architecture style more widely used or copied than this ancient Greek one yet I never hear any say a thing about all that being copied… so lets get real, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander!

    The king is dead… long live the new king!

  11. Jag says:

    @Athenian: lol, how funny your ideas were. btw, this Geely isn/t as cheap as you (we) have thought. according to what i know, it’s $600k on the price tag

  12. bhbjhb says:

    soy venezolano

  13. sash says:

    WHY NOT? HİGHEST FORM OF FLATTERY. I WOULD BUY ONEÇ EXEPT ONLT THE RİDİCULOUS REAR SEAT. BUT WHAT AN ADVERTİSİNG COUP.

    SO MANY LUXURY BUYERS WERE YESTERDAY ECONOMÄ°CAL BUYERS WÄ°TH DREAMS AND TARGETS.
    PEOPLE DREAM OF ROLLS OF FERRARÄ° OF MERCS. THESE MUST BE DREAMS ALSO FOR CHÄ°NEESE PEOPLE.
    I WOULD BUY IF REALLY A LOT CHEAPER

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