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Lynk & Co compact SUV revealed as core of Chinese brand’s European sales

Lynk & Co compact SUV revealed as core of Chinese brand’s European sales

CHINESE car manufacturer Lynk & Co has revealed the 02 SUV – bringing its model line-up to three ahead of its European launch next year.

The compact vehicle uses the same Volvo XC40 platform as the 01 SUV but is a smaller crossover model that the company says ‘sits at the absolute centre of our brand’. A saloon car called 03 completes the line-up.

(Lynk & Co)

Earlier today, the firm, which is based in China but designs its vehicles in Sweden, announced that Volvo’s factory in Ghent, Belgium, would host production of the 01 SUV – the brand’s first model to be sold in Europe. All of Lynk & Co’s European models will feature electrified powertrains, and are expected to use the three-cylinder petrol-electric unit that will be in the XC40 later this year.

Lynk & Co head of design Andreas Nilsson said: ‘Sporty, adventurous, dynamic, daring, confident and fun, the 02 sits at the absolute centre of our brand.

‘A shorter wheelbase, lower ride height and centre of gravity – combined with two-tone colour schemes and softer, voluptuous surfaces, muscular haunches and wheel arches – give 02 a solid and confident stance while being agile and sporty in character.’

The manufacturer’s cars will be available using an innovative ownership model, where buyers pay a monthly subscription for packages that offer a variety of services such as breakdown cover and maintenance.

It is expected that the vast majority of sales will be made through the company’s website – Lynk & Co claims the first 6,000 examples of its 01 SUV sold out in just over two minutes last year when it went on sale in China – but it has indicated that a number of ‘offline’ stores will be opened in shopping precincts rather than having traditional dealership locations.

(Lynk & Co)

The first store will open in Amsterdam, followed by Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels and London.

Alain Visser, Lynk & Co senior vice-president, said: ‘Sales started in China late last year, and we quickly established Lynk & Co as a very hot property in cities from Beijing to Shanghai.

‘We intend to make a similar impact in our home European cities with Lynk & Co’s innovative approach to buying, using and owning personal mobility.’

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