Chinese automotive group Geely starts operating in Brazil by selling EC7 model

23 January 2014

China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. Tuesday started selling its vehicles in Brazil by presenting its EC7 vehicle in Itu in the state of Sao Paulo, according to the Brazilian press.

This model will be the first to be sold in Brazil, starting in February, and will be followed by the GC2 model, which is due to start selling in April.

The Chinese group, which owns Swedish automotive group Volvo, is also represented in Brazil by Grupo Gandini, which also imports vehicles manufactured by Korea’s Kia Motors.

Ivan Fonseca e Silva, the chairman of Geely in Brazil, said that the contract had been signed in 2011 but that sales had only started now due to exchange rate problems.

The EC7 model will be sold in Brazil with a 1.8 litre engine, 130 brake horsepower and a five-speed manual gearbox. The vehicles will be imported from Uruguay where the Chinese group has a factory to assemble its vehicles. (macauhub)