Learn Your Geometry: A New Brand, and a Car to Stick in Tesla's Craw

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
learn your geometry a new brand and a car to stick in teslas craw

The ever busy Geely Auto Group unveiled both a car and a brand on Thursday, lifting the sheets off the first model sold under the Chinese auto giant’s Geometry brand — the Geometry A. Efficiency in naming seems to be part of Geely’s MO.

Positioned to capture low-priced electric vehicle buyers in China, Europe, and elsewhere, the all-electric brand’s first offering strives for “minimalistic elegance” … and big, big sales. Oh, and it comes in Standard Range and Long Range versions. Now, why does that sound familiar?

The Geometry A is believed to ride atop the same platform underpinning Volvo’s XC40 and Polestar’s upcoming 2. Geely’s smart that way, you see. Work with what you have, and build what you have to work with everything.

Standard Range sedans source their power from a 51.9 kWh battery pack, while Long Range models bump up the capacity by 10 kWh. On the relatively inaccurate NEDC cycle, Geely says the two variants can travel 410 km and 500 km, respectively, which works out to 255 miles and 310 miles. Sounds quite similar to the Model 3, doesn’t it? Of course, Americans can buy the Model 3, and there’s no word on The Geometry A making its way to these shores just yet.

In Europe and China, however, Tesla hopes to secure big volume. There’s a Gigafactory under construction in Shanghai as you read this, with the first Model 3 deliveries promised by the end of the year. Volkswagen no doubt has its eye on this Geely development, as well.

As affordability is the name of the game here, the Geometry A is a single-motor car, with that electric unit making 161 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. Zero-62 mph passes in 8.8 seconds, Geely claims. The car excels in slipperiness, too, with a drag coefficient of 0.237. As for price, that’s a key selling point. Before incentives, the base Geometry A’s price translates into $31,250.

Loftier, Long Range models top the $37,000 marker. After applying Chinese-market subsidies, a buyer can get a base sedan for $22,321. (There are three configurations for both variants.)

Geely took a moment to boast on Thursday.

“It’s the safest, best-looking, and most avant-garde pure electric model in its market segment and setting a new benchmark for A-segment pure electric sedans with its comprehensive configuration,” the automaker said in a statement. “Geometry A has already received over 27,000 orders, 18,000 of which are from overseas customers in countries such as Singapore, Norway, France, etc. With the official launch of Geometry A, global A-segment pure electric vehicle customers no longer to have to settle for less, their ‘A’ option has arrived. The new era of pure electric vehicles is here.”

The automaker clearly has a global market in mind. The Geometry A comes equipped with numerous driver-assist features, a roof weight-bearing capacity that surpasses IIHS standards, and a speed limiter to satisfy European lawmakers.

With the Geometry A as a starting point, Geely says its new brand will expand to 10 models by 2025, saturating the market. For Tesla and VW, this likely comes as ominous news.

[Images: Geely]

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  • HotPotato HotPotato on Apr 13, 2019

    How big is this thing? The styling makes it look at least Camry size if not Avalon size. But then you squint and it looks Corolla size. And then you realize it rides on the platform of the subcompact Volvo XC40 CUV, and that the name "A segment" (in Europe at least) applies to the itty-bitty city committee: Fiat 500, VW Up!, Fiat Panda, Hyundai i10, and so on: the very smallest cars on the road, generally very short, very narrow, very tall...the opposite of a long low sedan. Color me confused. How can it both look like a Toyota Avalon and be the size of a Fiat 500? EXPLAIN PLEASE. I mean, if the thing's the size of a Camry, there's about zero chance it's breaking 200 miles range in base trim by real-world North American testing standards. If it's the size of "a class of cars so small that automakers don't even bother trying to sell them in the United States," then sure, that's possible.

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    • Scott Scott on Apr 14, 2019

      A segment is about the same size as the A class Mercedes, (and the upcoming s 40), so about civic size.

  • Forward_look Forward_look on Apr 13, 2019

    Geo for short.

  • Nrd515 I bought an '88 S10 Blazer with the 4.3. We had it 4 years and put just about 48K on it with a bunch of trips to Nebraska and S. Dakota to see relatives. It had a couple of minor issues when new, a piece of trim fell off the first day, and it had a seriously big oil leak soon after we got it. The amazinly tiny starter failed at about 40K, it was fixed under some sort of secret warranty and we got a new Silverado as a loaner. Other than that, and a couple of tires that blew when I ran over some junk on the road, it was a rock. I hated the dash instrumentation, and being built like a gorilla, it was about an inch and a half too narrow for my giant shoulders, but it drove fine, and was my second most trouble free vehicle ever, only beaten by my '82 K5 Blazer, which had zero issues for nearly 50K miles. We sold the S10 to a friend, who had it over 20 years and over 400,000 miles on the original short block! It had a couple of transmissions, a couple of valve jobs, a rear end rebuild at 300K, was stolen and vandalized twice, cut open like a tin can when a diabetic truck driver passed out(We were all impressed at the lack of rust inside the rear quarters at almost 10 years old, and it just went on and on. Ziebart did a good job on that Blazer. All three of his sons learned to drive in it, and it was only sent to the boneyard when the area above the windshield had rusted to the point it was like taking a shower when it rained. He now has a Jeep that he's put a ton of money into. He says he misses the S10's reliablity a lot these days, the Jeep is in the shop a lot.
  • Jeff S Most densely populated areas have emission testing and removing catalytic converters and altering pollution devices will cause your vehicle to fail emission testing which could effect renewing license plates. In less populated areas where emission testing is not done there would probably not be any legal consequences and the converter could either be removed or gutted both without having to buy specific parts for bypassing emissions. Tampering with emission systems would make it harder to resell a vehicle but if you plan on keeping the vehicle and literally running it till the wheels fall off there is not much that can be done if there is no emission testing. I did have a cat removed on a car long before mandatory emission testing and it did get better mpgs and it ran better. Also had a cat gutted on my S-10 which was close to 20 years old which increased performance and efficiency but that was in a state that did not require emission testing just that reformulated gas be sold during the Summer months. I would probably not do it again because after market converters are not that expensive on older S-10s compared to many of the newer vehicles. On newer vehicles it can effect other systems that are related to the operating and the running of the vehicle. A little harder to defeat pollution devices on newer vehicles with all the systems run by microprocessors but if someone wants to do it they can. This law could be addressing the modified diesels that are made into coal rollers just as much as the gasoline powered vehicles with cats. You probably will still be able to buy equipment that would modify the performance of a vehicles as long as the emission equipment is not altered.
  • ToolGuy I wonder if Vin Diesel requires DEF.(Does he have issues with Sulfur in concentrations above 15ppm?)
  • ToolGuy Presented for discussion: https://xroads.virginia.edu/~Hyper2/thoreau/civil.html
  • Kevin Ford can do what it's always done. Offer buyouts to retirement age employees, and transfers to operating facilities to those who aren't retirement age. Plus, the transition to electric isn't going to be a finger snap one time event. It's going to occur over a few model years. What's a more interesting question is: Where will today's youth find jobs in the auto industry given the lower employment levels?
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