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Set to arrive in Europe in 2020, we’ve been for an early drive in the Lynk & Co 02 SUV There’s a chance you may not have heard of Lynk & Co. The brand only appeared at the end of 2016, but in that short space of time it has come a relatively long way. Two models are already on sale in China, with a third in the pipeline. Think of the company as Volvo’s more adventurous younger brother, and you’ll be on the right lines. It’ll be a few years until Lynk & Co appears in the UK with right-hand drive models, but the brand is coming, and the 02 – driven here for the first time – has been designed with a European market in mind. The company’s rapid growth has been made possible by the power of its parent company, Geely, one of China’s largest car makers. When Lynk & Co arrives it will be positioned as a more affordable alternative to Volvo; just as Skoda is to Volkswagen. But being cheaper doesn’t mean a sacrifice when it comes to design or tech; the 02 is essentially a Volvo XC40 in a new designer suit. Visually, it’s a welcome antidote to the current tidal wave of mundane and conservative SUVs - the 02’s more daring shape and design cues giving it real kerb appeal. It’s a similar story inside; the cabin is trimmed with a mix of leather, aluminium and textured plastics. A 10.2-inch display sits flush in the centre console and is controlled by touch or voice commands. In testament to how intuitive the infotainment system is to use, even in our Chinese spec test car the menus and sub menus were simple enough to navigate. The driving position is low, there’s lots of adjustment in the steering wheel and build quality is first rate. Our car rolled out of Lynk & Co’s brand new £1.4 billion state-of-the-art factory in Zhangjakou, on the outskirts of Beijing – and on this evidence, it looks like the negative connotations associated with being ‘Made in China’ will soon be a thing of the past. In Europe, every Lynk & Co model will be electrified, which means the 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine we’re driving here won’t be offered. It will, however, form a basis of the plug-in hybrid version. In our car, the trademark three-cylinder thrum was well muted. Refinement has been a particular focus point in the car’s development, and that becomes more apparent as you begin to make progress. The light steering, cushioned ride and smooth seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox makes it a composed and civilized crossover to drive. It also packs a punch, developing 178bhp and 245Nm of torque. Power delivery is far smoother than the boosty and frantic nature many three-cylinder engines are known for; suiting the car’s more mature and refined character. At motorway speeds there was some noticeable wind noise around the A-Pillar, while the ride felt a little more unsettled – fidgeting over surfaces that seemed perfectly smooth to the naked eye. European cars will get a slightly tweaked suspension set-up, however. Our test route around the roads of the Zhangjakou plant didn’t give us the opportunity to fully assess the car’s handling, but it’s clear the car’s softer and more comfort-focused setup is unlikely to win favour with keener drivers. Despite it being relatively compact, the 02 is rather practical; there’s enough space for two six footers in the back with knee and headroom to spare. There are no boot measurements just yet but it’s clear the space is pretty standard for this type of vehicle. What’s not so standard is the way Lynk & Co will sell its vehicles. Buyers can pay for them outright – our top spec test car costing around 200,000 RMB in China (£23,000) – or pay one monthly fixed fee to cover all vehicle costs. It’s too early for any initial figures, but the complexity and hassle that monthly fee will remove from the car buying process will surely appeal to the younger customers Lynk & Co is targeting.
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Hanteng Auto’s second model X5 will be sold tomorrow. Liao Xionghui, Vice President of Hanteng Auto told reporters that, Hanteng will launch two new models of X5 and X7S this year and it will also take efforts in alternative energy area at the middle of October. He has great confidence in accomplishing the annual target. It’s known that the second phrase project of Hanteng Auto Industrial Park, located in Shangrao, Jiangxi Province with a total investment of RMB 10b has begun construction. It will provide an annual capacity of 300,000 units for traditional and alternative energy vehicles, which is expected to be put into operation in 2018. Hanteng Auto will have a total annual capacity of 450,000 units after the completion of project, providing more capacity for the launch of new models. It’s known that Hanteng Auto is actively applying car qualification. Besides, it has begun research work and will export vehicles to overseas market in the next year. Hanteng X7 DM PHEV version, three hybrid PHEV version and EV version have been released and are expected to be launched in the year. In the future, Hanteng Auto will also launch X5 BEV model, alternative energy MPV and large-size B-class alternative energy SUV models.
On August 31, Chery announced in Chengdu International Auto Show to initiate global presales of Arrizo GX, the all-new A+ class sedan of the brand. Four models with two power assemblies are offered in the presales. According to the Deputy General Manager of Chery Automobile Marketing, “In Arrizo GX, G represents Go-ahead”, meaning the leading and aggressive feature of the new model; X stands for artificial intelligence, and the new-generation groups who create limitless possibilities. Our target groups are young and creative. You can find limitless potential in them because they represent the future.” The platinum power consisting of 1.5T and 9CVT secures your passion for driving To live a genuine life full of freedom, we have to ignite our limitless potential. Arrizo GX provides the most robust power to ignite the blood of drivers to the utmost extent. Arrizo GX is the first to be equipped with 1.5T+9CVT efficient power system, which is known as the benchmark power assembly for same-class models. The power assembly brings the most exciting accelerating experience. The 1.5T supercharged engine, equipped on all models in Arrizo GX, provides maximum 147Ps horsepower, 108 kw maximum power and 210N.m peak torque. The engine also adopts the integration technology often seen in luxury brand engines. Compared with the traditional non-integrated 1.5T engine, the acceleration response has improved by 35%. “The SPORT model, made possible by 1.5T supercharged engine and 9CVT, ensures the Arrizo GX has the most robust power. It takes only 4 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 60km/h and 9 seconds from 0 to 100km/h.” It is noteworthy the 1.5T engine equipped on Arrizo GX provides 37.1% engine thermal efficiency that is higher than some luxury brands in EU or USA, which can realize 6.4L fuel consumption per 100KM. Arrizo GX adopts the all-new family design language, featured by the broad X-shaped front. The outline seems to be the diamond cutting, which produces the aggressive look. The horizontal straight lines and vertical curves meet each other in the most passionate way, presenting the all-new X-shaped front. The convolution waveband energy photoconductive lamp, the dot-matrix front grille and front co-exist in a perfect way. The body takes the design of agile lines. The young and dynamic pattern makes it easy to conquer the wind resistance. The fastback body design presents the most streamlined top and quick speed. The wind resistance coefficient is 0.28 in the state of high speed driving. As the all-new sedan, Arrizo GX has the latest trimming design full of high-tech sense. When designing Arrizo GX trimming design, designers of Chery combine elegance, nature and high-end elements so establish the all-new style of trimming designs with typical Chery genes. In terms of details of trimming design, Arrizo GX trimming design adopts the layout of asymmetrical Future Wing suspended meters panel. All travel information is shown in the most prominent way to ensure the drivers have zero eyesight move in driving process, thus securing safety of drivers and passengers. The driver’s seat has access to three screens, namely, the seven-inch intelligent link LCD meters, the eight-inch AC LCD touch screen and nine-inch retina HD touch capacitor console screen to establish the three-screen layout. The console system inclines to the driver, who has easy access to them to have the all-control experience of control. The Aurora String Penetrating AC outlet design, compared with the AC outlet of traditional vehicles, can better mix the natural gas to stimulate more air flows, thus realizing balance between environment temperature and outlet temperature, and improving the comfort of using AC facilities in the vehicle. A lot of leather materials are used to envelop trimming designs, which have the premium visual sense. The leather is gentle and soft, thus having the best sense of touch. 65% of the trimming design is covered by leather. As the 2018 strategic model of Chery, Arrizo GX carries the latest results of Chery’s strategic transformation in performance, intelligent technologies and automobile design. According to top leadership of Chery, Arrizo GX will be first launched in China. After that, it will be sold in overseas markets in Q4, where it will be named as ARRIZO6. As the latest sedan of Chery, the all-new model will help improve the competitiveness of Chery in the overseas market.
This is the all new Arcfox Lite, one of the most significant electric cars to hit the Chinese car market this year. Because: 1) it is not based on a petrol powered car, like 99% of all the other Chinese EVs. 2) It is positioned as a ‘premium mini EV’, stepping away from the cheap-ass EVs that all the other car makers make. 3) It is the first car of the Arcfox brand, which will make only electric cars. 4) It is using rather advanced materials to keep it light. 4) it is loaded to the max with tech. 5) It looks genuinely great and cool. 6) It has LED displays fore and aft where the driver and the passenger can display their own massages. The Arcfox brand is owned by BJEV, and that in turn in a subsidiary of the Beijing Auto Industry Corporation (BAIC), commonly know as Beijing Auto. The brand is aimed at young hipsters living in big cities. Later on Arcfox will launch car sharing schemes. Right now however it is a buy only. Price after-subsidies starts at 93,800 yuan and ends at 106,800 yuan ($14,160 – 16,122). This display shows a graphic of a setting sun. Power comes from an electric motor with 49 hp and 120 Nm, mated to a not-too powerful 16.4 KWh battery. The motor is located over the front axle, the batteries below the floor. Range is 170 kilometers and top speed 110 km/h. Charging on a fast charger takes just half an hour (to 80% battery). On 220V is takes 6.5 hours. Size: 2986/1676/1492, and wheelbase is 1870. Curb weight is 895 kilo, which is light. The technology to create this lightness is called Air Tech. ArcFox says that the frame is made of aluminum alloy, the body from carbon fiber reinforced composite, and the body panels from plastic. They claim a total weight saving of 40%. They also said that the dashboard is made out of a magnesium alloy tube beam, saving 30% weight compared with a standard dash. The colors of the display can be changed too. Here is says ‘Lite! Look!. The interior is a tech-fest. It comes with three 8 inch screens. One in front of the driver, one in the middle, and one in front of the passenger. More on the screens below. Sadly, the build quality of the interior doesn’t seem to match the exterior. Look at the small hatch on the left side, the one-yuan pedals, and especially the looks of of the lower part of the center tunnel. Did Arcfox run out of money after they fitted all those fancy screens? the setup for the displays. Here is shows various standard messages, including Wet Road, Baby in Car, the brand name, and something called Safe Driver. The Chinese text says ‘icy road, be careful’. So the English phrase ‘Wet Road’ is wrong, it should be Icy Road. The display in front of the passenger. The graphics are so so, but kinda ‘connected’. It comes with separate infotainment, so the passenger can listed to different music or watch a different movie. But best of all: the screen has yet again the map. So the missus can read directions for her hubby, just like in the old days! Or she can connect the headphone, listen to music, and do nothing. And while she does all that she can also change the text on the display. Shown here is the black display on the DIY (do it yourself) function, where one can add whatever one wants. Yes, one can add bad words. New text always overrides the old, do driver and passenger can have a nice fight. Concluding: it looks great (matte gray from factory), it has the tech, and it has a segment for itself. But it is pricey even for all the new it offers, range is a bit on the short side, and some interior details really look too cheap for a ‘premium’ vehicle. So it is significant still, but there is clearly room for some improvement. Music Credit : PACIFIC SUN by Nicolai Heidlas Music https://soundcloud.com/nicolai-heidlas Creative Commons — Attribution 3.0 Unported— CC BY 3.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/ Music provided by Audio Library https://youtu.be/kbqmEJTr3nU
Chinese-owned mobility company Lynk & Co is doubling down with fellow Geely-subsidiary Volvo on technology to launch a new plug-in hybrid version of its 01 SUV at the Beijing International Auto Show.
The Lynk & Co 01 made its official debut last year at the Shanghai Motor Show with initial plans to offer it with both three-cylinder and four-cylinder gasoline engines, mated to either a manual or automatic gearbox. This PHEV variant will be the first Lynk & Co to be sold outside of China, with European production to begin next year and sales slated to start in 2020.
"Our European strategy has always been based on new technology powertrain, and the announcements here in Beijing today confirm that vision," said Alain Visser, senior vice president of Lynk & Co. "There will be no diesel, no manual and no ICE Lynk & Co derivatives in Europe. When we commence production in 2019, and sales starting from 2020, in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels and London, our range will be all about new energy. From these hubs in key cities we will also launch our pop-up stores offline tours, reaching 95% of Europe's urban population with a formidable, efficient and connected range of products based on industry-leading technologies such as Drive-E and more."
The Euro version of the 01 will be built in Ghent, Belgium alongside Volvo's new CMA-platformed XC40. According to previous statements, Lynk & Co does plan on bringing its vehicles to the United States, but it's unclear if that will also happen in 2020 or if its planned assault on the European market will push that timeline back.