The R&D centre will evaluate current and future models for the South Africa.
New products for South Africa
Mervyn Harding, who will oversee the new facility, said: “We will be evaluating a number of products, which may become available for right hand drive markets in the future, ranging from completely new models, to different derivatives of models already seen on our roads.
"Needless to say, we continue with thorough testing of endurance and quality issues, with suggestions, feedback and local adaptation as the key priorities in our ongoing communication with Geely International.”
The facility will serve as the automaker's technical training facility and play a support role to Geely customers and dealers.
Geely reports that its facility is preparing for the arrival of three new products which should be in South Africa by December 2012 in preparation for local introduction.
Henri Meistre, managing director of Geely SA, said: “The Research and Development facility is the first phase in our investment on R&D and training. As the need arises and the product matures, so Geely South Africa will invest and grow with the brand in order to meet the requirements of Geely International and those of our very sophisticated market.”
The Geely R&D Centre will be officially opened on December 20, 2012.