After years of seemingly running around in the automotive desert making odd car after odd car, Geely got its act together and announced they were buying Volvo, but with great automotive brands comes great pressure, they set up the Emgrand, Geely Global Eagle (Gleagle) and Englon brands within China and slowly but surely pushed the Geely brand aside for its car models. The results being a much more streamlined automotive company that is gaining worldwide respect for its Volvo purchase. Now at the Shanghai Auto Show earlier this year Geely launched its range of concept cars as per usual, if you asked Geely PR where its concept cars were they’d laugh and say, they are all production cars, you would fake a smile and back away slowly. The Geely IG was no exception, gullwing doors haven’t been seen on a mass production car for a few decades at least (unless you count super cars), the below pictures from China’s ever leaky patent office show that the IG is heading for the production lines in the future, albeit lacking the hood and roof mounted solar panels.
So how does the IG work? According to the concept, the IG was similar in mechanics to the BYD F3DM, a small 1.0L engine mated to a hybrid drive train to propel the miniature IG forwards and backwards on demand and seemingly switching from electric to gasoline power when required or when needed. As the solar panels have been nuked from the IG production model (judging by the images above) it could be that the IG will come as a pure EV, or perhaps it could come as a pure gasoline version with no hybrid system – saving money for the end consumer.
Gull wing doors everyone, I’m going to be top of the waiting list.