Not many car companies outside of Europe have really embraced the 'down-sized' engine philosophy in which smaller turbo-charged engines are replacing the traditional big-displacement normally aspirated ones.
Which is why it comes as quite a surprise that Geely is developing a new range of compact force-fed engines.
Given that the Chinese carmaker now owns Volvo, it would be tempting to ask whether these engines will be based on Volvo's current range of turbopetrols (which are related to Ford's EcoBoost engines), but our contact tells us that while expertise has obviously be transferred from Volvo, the engines remain Geely's own developments.
The first engine to be announced is a new 1.3-litre turbopetrol, which Geely says will produce around 100kW and 190Nm.
It will eventually be fitted to the new EC7 in South Africa, although initial versions of the sedan - scheduled to arrive in May this year - will make do with a normally aspirated 1.8-litre engine. Click here for our EC7 driving impressions.