Belarusian car maker BelGee to roll out crossovers in October
23 September 2013
MINSK (BelTA) – Based in Borisov, Minsk Oblast, the Belarusian-Chinese joint venture SZAO BelGee plans to start batch production of crossover class cars Geely Emgrand X7 in October, BelTA learned from BelGee’s Sales and Service Department Head Alexei Krichmar.
It will be the second series of cars after the sedans Geely SC7, which the company still manufactures.
Emgrand X7 is Geely’s first crossover. It has been successfully tested. The company is working to get the type approved in Belarus. The vehicle will boast a 2-liter or 2.4-liter engine with a five-speed mechanical gearbox or a six-speed automatic gearbox. The basic options will include ABS+EBD, airbags, an interlock system, an air conditioner, and an onboard computer. The crossover car is equally suitable for off-road conditions and for urban environment. The car’s outlook has been put together by ItalDesign Giugiaro S.p.A., which has worked with Ford, BMW, Bugatti, and Lamborghini.
Apart from that, BelGee is working to get a conformity certificate for the car Geely LC Cross.
Alexei Krichmar also remarked that the company is working to start selling the cars in Russia. “We plan to start shipping cars by the end of the year,” he said. Russia has already approved the vehicle type for BelGee’s first car Geely SC7, thus allowing its import to Russia.
As of 1 September BelGee made 290 cars, with over 200 sold already. The sales are also encouraged by service centers, which have been opened in Minsk, Polotsk and Mogilev. The company plans to set up service centers in Gomel and Grodno soon. A service center in Vitebsk will be opened by the end of the year. Thus, aftersales services will be available in nearly all the oblast capitals of Belarus. Alexei Krichmar said the cars sell well both to individuals and corporations in Belarus.
The private joint-stock company SZAO BelGee was set up on 23 December 2011. The investment contract with the Chinese company Geely was signed in March 2012. The enterprise to assemble Chinese cars uses premises rented from the Borisov-based company OAO Avtogydrousilitel. The enterprise can use semi-knocked down kits to assemble 10,000 cars per annum. SZAO BelGee founders are OAO BelAZ (50% of the shares), the Chinese company Geely (32.5%), and the Belarusian-Chinese automobile parts manufacturer Soyuzavtotekhnologii.