5 reasons to love and hate Geely Emgrand EC7
From refrigerators to buying a Volvo
The history of the Geely brand began not so long ago – in 1986, when Mr. Li Shufu borrowed a certain amount of money from his family and organized production … No, not cars, but refrigerators. Seven years later, in 1994, he decided to engage in transport and mastered the production of motorcycles, then mastered small vans, and only in 2001 his company received the approval of the authorities for the production of cars.
The brand immediately announced its serious export ambitions and in 2006-2008 made attempts to break through to the US and European markets. Alas – not too successful. Geely just did not have suitable models for this. As a result, in 2008, the leadership of Geely began negotiations with Ford to purchase the premium Volvo brand, which were successfully completed in 2010.
But back in July of 2006, the Geely designers began work on the EC7 model, which was originally conceived as an export one. Development continued for three years, and experts from world renowned companies such as Siemens, Lear Corporation, Saint-Globain, Fuji, PDE and Durr AG were involved in it. The most important step in presenting a car in Europe was obtaining a safety certificate EuroNCAP with the result of four stars, and this was the first time that a Chinese car was able to achieve such results.
As a result, in 2012, the model entered the UK market, and on May 23 of the same 2012, a large-unit assembly was started at the Derways plant in Cherkessk, and then the car sales started in our country. By the way, it was originally planned that Emgrand will be presented as a luxury sub-brand of the Geely brand – something like Lexus, Acura or Infiniti, but this idea is postponed for the future: the car does not pull the status of a premium.
In Russia, there were two engines, a 1.5-liter 98-horsepower and a 1.8-liter 126-horsepower. As a transmission, either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT was offered. In other markets, another option was possible – with a 1.3-liter turbo engine with 133 hp. and 6-speed mechanics.
AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SALE, IT WAS VERY MUCHICABLE, AND THE CAR, APPROACHED TO THE SEGMENT D, NON-GOOD EQUIPPED, BUT CAPABLE FOR COMPETITIVE WITH THE POPULAR MODELS OF B SEGMENT, APPLICABLE, BUT COMPLETED TO THE DEVELOPMENT
Geely tried to behave in accordance with international standards and even carried out a revocable campaign in May-November 2014, due to improper installation of brake hoses at the factory (as a rule, manufacturers from Celestial are trying to avoid such events). However, the crisis, which coincided with the change of generations (the second generation, which was already called simply Emgrand, came into being in 2014 and was presented in Russia in 2016), as well as the transfer of production to Belarus, to the Belgi plant, led to a sharp drop in sales.
Emgrand EC7 can not be called a bestseller, but nevertheless, today the car can be bought at prices ranging from 150-170 thousand rubles (for this money you can buy cars of 2012-2013 years of release with a mileage of about 200-250 thousand kilometers) to 600-650 thousand rubles (they ask so much for relatively fresh copies produced in 2016, with a mileage of 20-50 thousand).
Pesky little things may well spoil the impression of a very good, in essence, a car. This situation is observed in the case of Emgrand EC7. Complaints about problems with door locks in the reviews – a fairly common thing. These problems manifest themselves, usually in winter. Someone can not get into the car:
I DON’T KNOW WHY, BUT THE LOCKS WHY HAVE NOT OPENED ON ONE OR EVEN TWO DOORS. AND THIS IS NOT FROM DRAWN, ALL LOCKS ARE MUSTED BY PERSONALLY ME. ESPECIALLY FREQUENTLY DUILA BACK LEFT DOOR: AS FOR A MINUS 10 PASSES, SO ALL, ONLY WITH HANDS FROM THE SALON.
Someone on the contrary, can not close the door with a key:
TODAY HAS REMOVED A BATTERY TO RELEASE CHARGING. AND DID NOT CLOSE THE DOOR WITH KEY. PACKED MINUTES 15, LUBRICATED WD-40 ANYWHERE, WHERE IT IS POSSIBLE. LEFT MACHINE OPEN. IN ADDITION, THE LATCH IS NEXT TO THE INNER HANDLE BEFORE WORKING. IT SEEKS ME WAITING FOR A TRIP TO THE SERVICE …
ON THE FROST, SOME DOORS DO NOT CLOSE. OPEN – YES, WITHOUT PROBLEMS. BUT DO NOT CLOSE. ONCE DIFFERED WITH A DOOR FOR 20 MINUTES, YES AND WALKED, TAKING A TOWARD TO WAIT FOR TOWING TO DID NOT OPEN.
Naturally, the owners are upset: after all, in principle, the Emgrand tolerates frosts very well, and it literally starts up with a half-turn even at -30. Against this background, the need to brush over the snow door handles every morning (otherwise the door will not be open from the inside) looks like a trifle.
Even those of the reviewers who end up with their sacramental phrase “I will never buy a Chinese car again” (by the way, in this case there are very few such people, literally a few) have to admit that the Emgrand EC7 looks very decent.