Volvo’s Geely Launches brand new Auto Brand, Lynk & Co, as well as also the item’s Headed to the U.S.

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Volvo’s Geely Launches brand new Auto Brand, Lynk & Co, as well as also the item’s Headed to the U.S.

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Dozens of brand new cars launch every year, nevertheless the launch of a whole brand new auto brand is actually a far rarer event. Geely, the Chinese automaker of which also owns Volvo, is actually rolling out a brand new one: Lynk & Co—yes, of which’s the name—as well as also the item’s set to launch globally which has a raft of brand new types as well as also ambitious sales targets. How ambitious? Half a million cars a year by 2021.

The brand will kick off with the production-ready compact SUV of which you see here, unveiled yesterday in Sweden alongside a considerably more zany coupe-sedan concept of which drops broad hints of which something lower as well as also sleeker will follow. The SUV will be known simply as the 01—what we presume is actually a deliberate contrast to the screwball name of the brand. The company claims the cars will be sold in all major markets including the United States, where sales are promised to start in 2018, a year behind the introduction in some other markets.

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These are grandiose ambitions, nevertheless the carmaking potential certainly exists. All of its types are to use the same Volvo-developed Compact Modular Architecture of which will underpin the Swedish brand’s next generation of little cars. Lynk & Co types will be built by Geely in China, nevertheless the emphasis is actually on the fact they’ve been designed as well as also engineered in Europe (as apparently even the Chinese prefer to buy non-Chinese brands).

The 01 sets out much of the visual language for the brand new brand. Geely’s design director, Peter Horbury, who was formerly in charge of styling for both Volvo as well as also Ford, said we can expect the upcoming family of “four or all 5” types to include plenty of the same themes, including those fender-mounted headlights as well as also the shark’s-fin detail at the rear of the vehicle. The design identity is actually based around the themes of “personal,” “respectful,” “brand new technology,” as well as also one you probably didn’t see coming: “dark.”

At least there are no obvious similarities to the concept of which presaged the closely related Volvo XC40. According to Horbury, the cars have been designed without reference to each some other. “There are two ways to do a collaboration. Either we show everything as well as also then we each know what the some other is actually doing, or we do the item separately,” he said at the unveiling in Gothenburg. “We did the second—the chance of coincidence is actually pretty slim; we know what Volvo’s brand new design language is actually, so steering clear of of which meant we’d be okay.”

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The Lynk & Co 01 will be bigger than its XC40 sibling, with platform technical boss Mats Fägerhag telling us the 01 will be 175.1 inches long as well as also 72.7 inches wide as well as also will sit on a 106.6-inch wheelbase. Power will come coming from both three- as well as also four-cylinder gasoline engines, which has a four-cylinder diesel being considered for some non-U.S. markets. There also will be a three-cylinder hybrid featuring the same powertrain of which we detailed at the launch of the XC40 concept. We don’t have any powertrain output figures, nevertheless Fägerhag did state of which the base three-cylinder variation will weigh 3252 pounds based on the usually optimistic EU-DIN methodology, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder with all-wheel drive as well as also the dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) will weigh 3506 pounds, as well as also the three-cylinder hybrid will be 3749 pounds.

Lynk & Co so far is actually refusing to share any images of the second car as well as also wouldn’t let us snap the item at the event. nevertheless we can tell you the item’s a lower as well as also leaner-looking four-door coupe which has a similarly upright front end nevertheless without the 01’s towering radiator grille. the item keeps the SUV’s high-mounted headlights, though, as well as also—since the item’s a concept—was sporting four gullwing doors.

We’ve also been told of which the Lynk & Co brand is actually aimed at the millennial market (surprise!) as well as also of which the company will be selling mobility as much as actual cars. We’ll tell you more about its plans, including how the company aims to cuts costs—as well as also prices—which has a dealer-free sales as well as also distribution network in a separate post.

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Volvo’s Geely Launches brand new Auto Brand, Lynk & Co, as well as also the item’s Headed to the U.S.

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