Geely’s new GC9 sedan, revealed early last month, has been spied testing in Melbourne by eagle-eyed TMR reader Grant Lynch.
Caught with a light layer of camouflage in the city’s South East, the new Chinese sedan’s local appearance could be a sign of a coming Australian debut.
Although the S60 remains a current model, the Geely-owned Swedish carmaker has since moved onto its new Scaleable Platform Architecture (SPA) as part of its plan to move further upmarket.
The S60’s older platform will suit the volume-selling aspirations of the Geely brand, however, as it works to establish a foothold in the wider global market.
Australia could play a key role in that expansion, with our relatively small but hotly contested market considered by many Chinese carmakers as an ideal proving ground before leaping into larger markets.
Locally, Geely is managed by West Australian car dealer John Hughes’ Chinese Automotive Distributors (CAD).
For now, the Chinese brand is available only in Western Australia, and even then it is only the MK hatch that currently meets Australian Design Rules requirements.
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