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Geely unveils new modular architecture for compact cars

Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd. on July 26 unveiled a new modular architecture for B-segment compact cars, which it expects to shorten the development cycle of its vehicles.

The Chinese automaker said the B-segment modular architecture, or BMA, was developed over a four-year period in Geely's research and development center in Hangzhou Bay. It works with multiple powertrain options, including hybrid systems such as plug-in hybrid vehicles or mild hybrid electric vehicles.

The BMA also has a high level of flexibility and scalability that can be used to develop various sizes and types of vehicles such as sport utility vehicles, sedans, crossovers, wagons and multi-purpose vehicles.

Geely on the same day announced two new vehicles, the Bin Rui compact sedan and SX11 crossover SUV, that will be developed using the new architecture.

Both cars will be launched in the latter part of the year, according to the release.