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Geely GC9 caught testing in Melbourne

Sprung! We catch a camouflaged Geely GC9 running around Melbourne ahead of its official 20 November reveal at the Guangzhou Auto Show.

SET TO MAKE ITS world debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show (20 November) Practical Motoring has caught a camouflaged Geely GC9 testing on the streets of Melbourne. The Geely GC9 is the brand’s first vehicle to be styled under the direction of Peter Horbury, an ex-Volvo designer who is now leading Geely’s design team.

Details about the GC9 are thin on the ground and we hadn’t thought the Geely GC9 was being considered for Australia, although the brand has wanted to release cars here since 2013. The local distribution rights to Geely are held by West Australian car dealer John Hughes, through his Chinese Automotive Distributors (CAD) import business.

Around the world Geely is trying to go mainstream and its ownership of Volvo will certainly help with that as the company starts making more use of the Volvo brains trust. According to a recent statement when Geely released teaser images (below) earlier this month of the GC9, the all-new car promises to be the company’s “most ambitious vehicle to date in terms of design, technology, safety and driving dynamics.”Apparently the side profile shows hints of jet fighters and supercars while the interior is influenced by Chinese architecture and, wait for it, ancient stone bridges. Um, right.

We’ll update this article with more information as it comes to hand.

Geely GC9 caught testing on the streets of Melbourne

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Mark Higgins

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