Published on September 8th, 2017 | by Amirul Mukminin0
China’s New Diplomatic Fleet
Geely Auto announced today that China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Service Bureau would continue to use Geely’s flagship sedan, the GC9, within its diplomatic fleet.
50 new GC9s were delivered to the Beijing Diplomatic Service Bureau at a handover ceremony to be used as part of
the diplomatic fleet within China and will be used in state visits and to collect state guests, diplomats and other dignitaries during their visits to the country.
The ceremony was attended by Beijing Diplomatic Service Bureau Director General Yuan Weimin and Zhejiang Geely Holding Group President, Geely Auto President and CEO An Conghui as representatives of their respective parties. The Uruguay Ambassador to China, Estonia Ambassador to China, and other envoys who will use the new GC9 sedans also attended the handover ceremony.
Since 2012, the Chinese government has enacted a series of official car policy reforms and actively promoted the use of Chinese brands for state use. With these reforms in place, GC9 was selected by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Diplomatic Service Bureau to be used as part of their diplomatic fleet in China. On March 20, 2015, the first batch of 20 Geely GC9 official diplomatic vehicles were delivered, marking a major milestone for the promotion of Chinese automotive brands.
Geely’s GC9 has become a sales leader among Chinese brands in the large sedan market segment, earning the trust and support of over 110,000 owners since entering the market two years ago. The model’s success was partly due to its status as a national diplomatic fleet vehicle as well as its leading options package. The GC9 has set the benchmark for Chinese brands in the D-segment, often outselling its international rivals. It has also been selected as the official car for various international events held in China such as the G20 Hangzhou held in September 2017 and has helped to change the perception of “Made in China”.
Geely GC9 is the group’s first flagship sedan in their 3.0 generation product range. The overall design combines global aesthetics with Chinese cultural and historical elements giving the vehicle an elegant and dynamic feel. As the flagship model for Geely’s 3.0 generation lineup, the GC9 comes with equipped with the latest from Geely’s iNTEC driver technologies. For the 2018 model year, the sedan has received a substantial facelift, improved handling, a new
powertrain, and an optimized NVH performance.