Lynk & Co coming to Australia: Volvo’s Chinese sister brand here by 2025
Lynk & Co may be an unknown name to everyone except a few Australians, but it’s a new brand from Chinese car giant Geely and Swedish luxury brand Volvo – and will arrive in Australia by 2025.
The best-selling Chinese automaker Geely will relaunch its assault on the Australian new car market in the coming years, with a launch of a new consumer brand confirmed by 2025: Lynk & Cie.
Established in Sweden in 2016, Lynk & Co is just a subsidiary of Chinese automotive giant Geely – last offered in Australia in 2014 through an independent distributor – which also owns brands such as the Swedish luxury Volvo (and its new electric spin-off Polestar), British sports car maker Lotus and London electric taxi maker LEVC.
Headquartered in Gothenburg, Volvo’s hometown, Lynk & Co offers a range of small, medium and large cars and SUVs in China and Europe, with vehicles said to be “designed and made in Sweden”, but built in multiple factories across China, including the Luqiao plant which houses the production of the Australian Volvo XC40 and Polestar 2 cars.
The company’s lineup spans from its smallest model, the Lynk & Co 06 Mazda CX-30 SUV, to the recently unveiled Volvo XC90’s large Lynk & Co 09 SUV with a range of small and mid-size sedans, sedans , Conventional SUVs and coupe SUVs fall in between – all but one running on Volvo Small CMA and SPA Large architectures.
The Lynk & Co brand seeks to differentiate itself through its sales model, which avoids resellers in favor of an online model with a fixed price and direct to the customer inspired by Tesla, with a subscription model in Europe allowing buyers to rent a Lynk & Co 01 mid-size SUV for € 500 (AU770) per month.
Few details on Lynk & Co’s Australian launch have been described, other than confirmation that the brand arrive in Australia and New Zealand (among other global markets) by 2025, with the aim of enabling the Geely group at large to achieve 600,000 annual sales in markets outside its original China.
“Lynk & Co will expand its global presence by entering Russia, Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand, among others,” read a statement in the “Smart Geely 2025” strategy of parent company Geely, which has announced the news earlier this week.
It’s unclear which of the six vehicles in Lynk & Co’s current lineup will arrive in Australia, none of which are currently built in right-hand drive – although reports suggest the mid-size SUV 01 will make it to the UK l next year, about five years after its introduction in China.
While a range of Volvo’s 1.5-liter three-cylinder and 2.0-liter four-cylinder engines are available in China, European buyers are offered a choice of hybrid and plug-in hybrid options; the latter developing 192 kW from an electric motor and three 1.5-liter turbo cylinders, and offering up to 69 km (WLTP) of electric autonomy.
The Mazda CX-5 Lynk & Co 01 is joined in China by a twin SUV coupe 05 of similar size, plus a smaller SUV 06, a large SUV 09 (based on the Volvo XC90) and a small hatch and sedan duo equivalent. to a Mazda 3.
It even offers performance versions of a number of its cars – bearing the “+” mark – with the 03+ sedan even available in a flagship model from Cyan Racing, incorporating track-oriented aerodynamics, brakes, a suspension and a 195 kW / 380 Nm turbo engine inspired by Lynk & Co’s Challenger in the World Touring Car Cup series (abbreviated WTCR).
However, with Lynk & Co’s first-generation vehicles approaching the end of their lifecycle by 2025, its next-generation vehicles are more likely to launch the brand in Australia – led by Zero, the first Lynk & Co’s electric vehicle, on sale in China in the coming months.
Riding on Geely’s dedicated Sustainable Experience Architecture (SEA) electric platform for use by future Volvo models, the Zero is a five-door vehicle for cars, including the Kia EV6, with over 700 km of autonomy claimed by NEDC, and a 0-100 km / h in about four seconds.
The Zero will be one of five new “smart” models – supposed to refer to electrified powertrains (hybrid, plug-in hybrid or all-electric) – from the Lynk & Co brand by 2025.
Australian prices for Lynk & Co vehicles have yet to be confirmed, but European and Chinese prices see the brand more as a rival for high-end “high-end” cars – like Volkswagen, Mazda and Peugeot in Australia – rather than a competitor to the Volvo of Audi and Geely.
In Europe, a Lynk & Co 01 plug-in hybrid sells for around 25% less than a fully-optional Volvo XC40 T5 Recharge PHEV, suggesting an Australian price of less than $ 50,000 – but the same amount in China would only earn buyers than gasoline. only 01, powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-gasoline “T5” four-cylinder without hybrid assistance.
The Smart Geely 2025 announcement which announced the local arrival of Lynk & Co also refers to the expansion of the main brand Geely Auto into the “EU and Asia-Pacific markets”, although Australia is not explicitly named as a region on the Chinese brand agenda. .
Geely’s last entry into the Australian market was in 2011 through Western Australian dealer and importer John Hughes – known to have introduced the Hyundai brand locally in the late 1980s – but the Chinese brand has quietly followed suit. left the local coasts in 2014 following a series of factors, including security concerns. .
Other innovations listed in the Smart Geely 2025 roadmap include a plan to introduce level 4 hands-free and eyeless autonomous technology by 2025, new silicon carbide battery modules by 2023 and a range of battery exchange stations for its Chinese market. Vehicles.
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