Geely to launch Lynk&Co car brand for Europe this month
Chinese manufacturer teases new mobility brand, suggesting it will offer car sharing services
Chinese car maker Geely will launch a new brand, called Lynk&Co, into the European market on 20 October.
The model is expected to be an SUV, as shown by earlier spy pictures of a development car, and could be offered as part of a car sharing service.
In an official release, Volvo’s senior vice president for marketing Alain Visser said Geely’s new brand “might well change the world’s idea of mobility”, suggesting it won’t be a conventional car maker.
This is backed up by earlier statements such as “the world has changed” and the promise that Lynk&Co will be “different from anything you’ve seen before from the car industry”.
The first model
Sightings of what is now believed to be an early Lynk&Co development car revealed its links with Volvo models. Geely has worked with Volvo to create a new vehicle architecture called Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform, and the underpinnings will be used for this SUV as well as the forthcoming Volvo XC40 that’s due early next year.
While heavy cladding hid the development car’s exterior, we know it’s been designed by former Volvo designer Peter Horbury, now Geely’s senior vice president of design, so will likely have a European look.
Powerplants for the Lynk&Co SUV will include turbocharged three-cylinder units that have been developed in collaboration with Volvo for use in both marques’ cars.