The Geely MK, which entered the Australian market in 2011 at $11,990 drive-away, is now positioned at $8999 drive-away.
Since its local debut, the MK has been offered exclusively in Western Australia - the only market where the light sedan’s lack of electronic stability control does not preclude it from sale.
(All new models in Western Australia must now also be equipped with ESC, however this only applies to vehicles introduced after November 2013.)
MK buyers won’t be driving away in a new-generation car, however: the new drive-away price applies to 2011 model-year cars built in 2013.
Those 2011 model-year features include 15-inch alloy wheels, manual air conditioning, power steering, power windows, remote central locking, USB/aux audio input and a 60/40 split-folding second row.
Safety features include driver and front passenger airbags only, ABS and electronic brake force distribution, and reversing sensors.
The MK carries a three-star ANCAP rating, based on tests carried out under older criteria in 2011. The tests showed a 'reasonable' result for cabin integrity in an impact, along with a moderate risk of serious chest, leg and foot inury.
Power is provided by a 69kW/123Nm 1.5 litre four-cylinder petrol engine, mated exclusively to a five-speed manual. Fuel use is listed at 6.8 l/100km.
The MK ran into trouble in 2012 when the discovery of asbestos in engine gaskets moved the company to initiate a voluntary recall of all cars.
Geely's light sedan is unlikely to make an east coast debut before it is retired, however Geely has confirmed collaboration with new subsidiary Volvo on the development of an advanced compact car.