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Chinese multinational automotive manufacturing company Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely) is hiring English-speaking engineers to produce flying cars in China. (Photo taken from China Daily)

KUALA LUMPUR: Chinese multinational automotive manufacturing company Zhejiang Geely Holding Group (Geely) is hiring English-speaking engineers to produce flying cars in China.

A Geely representative was quoted by English daily newspaper, China Daily, as saying that the engineers will help introduce and test prototypes from Terrafugia Inc.

Terrafugia, a US-based flying car maker founded in 2006 by five award-winning Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduates, was acquired by Geely in November 2017.

Geely is also reported to be seeking contractors to renovate workshops in a passenger car production facility in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, which is also the birth place of Geely founder and chairman Li Shufu.

Geely expects to finish the development of Terrafugia's first model, TF-1, by July 2019 with the launching to be held in the United States.

The model's technical specifics, however, remain unknown.

It is not known if such cars will hit the Southeast Asian markets following its deal with the nation's automotive conglomerate DRB-Hicom.

Geely, which is Sweden's Volvo Cars parent company, took a 49 per cent stake in Proton in 2017, as well as a controlling interest in the British sports car marque Lotus.

It recently acquired close to 10 per cent of Mercedes-Benz owner Daimler for about US$9 billion (RM35.27 billion), becoming its biggest shareholder in growing signs of the global foray of the Chinese auto group.

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