The Geely executive said Autokam Ltd. of Scottsdale, Ariz., would import the Uliou.
In 1997, Autokam owner Dave Shelburg attempted to import vehicles made in China under the name China Motor.
He failed when the vehicles could not meet U.S. emissions standards.
The attempt resulted in several lawsuits from dealers who never got the cars they were promised.
Shelburg was traveling in China last week and could not be reached for comment.
Tim Southwick, owner of Toyota of Berkeley (Calif.), was one of Autokam's distributors until he was terminated this month. Southwick says he was cut loose by Autokam because he tried to warn dealers that their money was at high risk.
"David is a nice man, but he is putting cart before the horse," Southwick says. "Car dealers need to be on their guard. I hope he makes out well with this thing, but for a dealer to invest money before emissions are passed is risky."
Geely President Xu Gang has said he wants exports to account for 25 percent of the company's total output within five years. The company plans to export 5,000 units worldwide in 2004. So far this year, 1,000 units have been shipped to Mexico and the Middle East. Geely exported 400 cars last year, mainly to the Middle East and Mexico.
The 162.4-inch Uliou is a four-door notchback that closely resembles an old version of the Daihatsu Charade. In China, the car competes with the Volkswagen Gol, General Motors' Opel Corsa-based Buick Sail and the Ford Fiesta. Those cars are priced from $10,300 to $12,700.
The Uliou uses a 1.3-liter engine similar in design to an engine that Geely bought from Toyota until three years ago. It continues to advertise that its cars use Toyota technology - a source of irritation for Toyota.
The Japanese carmaker sued Geely last year for copying Toyota's logo. A Beijing court ruled in Geely's favor in November, allowing Geely to continue to use the logo.