The China Files: Geely
Geely was founded in 1986 by Li Shufu and his brothers as a successful refrigerator company in China’s eastern Zhejiang province. It received a license in 2001 that permitted it to be China’s first private car maker. As well as manufacturing Geely cars, it holds a stake in Daimler and owns the brands Volvo and Lotus. It has interests in hybrid and electric vehicles, ride hailing, powertrain production, satellite production, and a majority stake in a Danish investment bank. Zhejiang Geely Holding Group is the parent company of Geely’s auto division, Hong Kong-listed Geely Automobile Holdings.
This China File contains items from 1995 to May 2021.
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