it's a good motor. i have one that has something like 250 thousand miles on it and it runs strong. it's good that they are using it for them. toyota must be pretty pissed about it. thanks for the info.dragin said:Alby that familiar 4 banger engine was being purchased from Toyota's Tianjin engine operation for a while, and then Geely decided to make it on their own, illegally. Toyota took them to court and I believe the outcome was that Toyota ended up giving them a license to produce it legally.
Another interesting thing is that this CK was built on the same platform as the Geely Haoqing and Meirenbao, and all were derived from the Tianjin Xiali (N3) platform. A look at the unusual firewall indents is the giveaway. But in this case copying a domestic competitor brought no legal challenges.
Geely's Freedom Cruiser fared very badly in a recent European NCAP crash test organized by Russia automobile magazine Auto Review.
Freedom Cruiser's performance in the crash test was so bad that Russian media dubbed the vehicle as "a death car," which means the drive in the car would have zero chance to survive in a similar crash.
The organizer of this crash test bought the vehicle from a local dealer at 291,500 Rubles ($11,898) and did the test without the knowledge of its maker, China's Geely Automobile.
In the frontal offset crash, the first-row seating is compressed into half size, which leaves the occupants zero chance to survive. The car also got a zero-score regarding protection of thighs, legs and ankles of the dummy.
The speed is 64.1km/h, which is stricter than 53km/hour in a standard Russian crash-test. Before Geely's test, other Chinese automakers also fared badly in crash tests organized by Auto Review. Chery Qiyun-also known as Amulet in Russian, Brilliance BS6 earned very low ratings in previous tests.
"We choose Geely's Freedom Cruiser to conduct the crash test because this car is a popular model in Russian market," the crash test's organizer Auto Review said. "And Geely's partner in Russia Inkom-Avto Group, Russia's leading auto dealer, campaigned aggressively for this car in Russian market."
Geely started assembling cars in Russia since last year. With aggressive marketing by Inkom-Avto Group, it plans to increase its local sales to 30,000 units this year from 8000 units last year.