Chinese automaker Geely, whose global footprint includes owning Volvo, Polestar, Lotus, launched on Monday its latest compact SUV, the Icon, in a completely online launch that was watched by millions of people.
According to the company’s Monday press release, the new model comes with a filtration system capable of purifying air and filtering out viruses.
“In response to the new Coronavirus epidemic, Geely Auto developed in record time, a new Intelligent Air Purification System (IAPS) that is N95 certified,” the automaker said. “This highly efficient air purification system works in tandem with the ICON’s air conditioner to isolate and eliminate harmful elements in the cabin air including bacteria and viruses”.
Geely noted it received more than 30,000 orders for the Icon in the hours before its launch through online pre-ordering.
"Geely ICON's launch not only showcases the core strength of Geely's global development network, it also shows our forward thinking and demonstrates the high-tech digital future we are all moving toward," Geely Auto Group's President and CEO, An Conghui, said online at the vehicle's launch event.
The Chinese automaker released the SUV just three weeks after the company pledged it would spend $53 million to design cars to protect passengers from viruses such as the novel coronavirus. Geely launched the Icon for the Chinese market.