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GAC exports the made-in-China Trumpchi to Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and Chile. At home, the six-year-old brand has sold 800,000 units. The 2018 GAC Trumpchi GS4 SUV, which starts at 99,800 yuan ($14,600), is the second-best-selling sport utility vehicle in China after Great Wall Motor’s Haval H6.
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It is not unusual for the large multinational car makers to create China-only models. What is rare though, is for one to launch a car in the Far East only to bring it to Europe a year later; something that’s about to happen with the C5 Aircross. The C5 Aircross uses the same EMP2 platform as the Peugeot 3008 and 5008, as well as the Vauxhall Grandland X and recently-launched DS7 Crossback. It’s one of the most distinctive Citroens for some time, and furthers the expressive design language first seen with the C3 Aircross late last year. Outwardly, the C5 Aircross stands out from the crossover crowd – but despite its big wheels and rugged body detailing there’s no four-wheel drive option. Still, that’s a trait we’ve become used to on PSA’s latest SUVs and for most that simply won’t matter. Our early drive took place in China, where engine choices are limited to 1.6 and 1.8-litre petrol turbo units. European models should gain a diesel option. The Chinese C5 Aircross is available in four trim levels and our 1.8T came in range-topping ‘Flagship’ specification. While the C3 Aircross comes with 85 body and roof colour combinations, there are just five paint options for the Chinese-specification C5 Aircross. On our white test car it was jazzed up slightly by the addition of red highlights on the front bumper, air intakes, roof rails, and Airbumps. Inside, it is visually attractive with numerous brown inserts offsetting the charcoal grey Claudia leather seats. The materials aren’t as plush as in rivals like the Volkswagen Tiguan or even the Renault Kadjar, though, feeling more on par with cheaper models like the MG GS. Hard touch plastics dominate, and the leather doesn’t feel particularly premium, though it’s likely European cars will see an improvement in this area. Thanks to an opening panoramic sunroof, the cabin feels light and airy. Rear passengers are treated to plenty of headroom, although legroom could be better with the front seats set back. Unlike in the C3 Aircross, the rear seats neither slide nor recline. They do though feature an easy release mechanism for folding them down, and the boot floor can be raised to offer a flat floor. The boot itself is a sturdy and a capacious 516 litres, trumping the Ford Kuga’s 406-litre load bay. An electric tailgate featuring foot activation allows easy opening when carrying loads, too. On the road the Citroen’s setup for comfort soon becomes apparent. Progressive hydraulic cushions ensure a soft ride, which seems at odds given the hard seating. While it does a good job of soaking up bumps, attempting a slalom manoeuvre at speed saw the car wallow from side to side. There are five settings for the traction control including snow, wet and off-road. With over 200bhp on tap the engine should provide spirited performance, but ultimately it fails to excite. Hampering the engine’s effort is the six-speed automatic gearbox, which is the only transmission offered on Chinese models. Whilst initial acceleration is reasonable, it becomes particularly sluggish at mid-range speeds with the 50-70 mph jump taking forever. Addition of a manual gearbox for European models should go some way to rectifying this problem.
Geely’s Lynk & Co is one of the more interesting young automotive brands, with an approach to sales and marketing that more closely resembles modern gadget and lifestyle brand go-to-market strategy than traditional automaker sales. The Lynk & Co 01 SUV, designed to sit somewhere between Geely’s line on one end and Volvo’s vehicles on the other, debuted last year; now the company is revealing its 02, a more compact crossover SUV, again designed with mobility, connectivity, and the potential for shared use in mind. The 02 was designed and engineered in Sweden, Lynk & Co says, by a team of international talent. It has a sportier look and feel when compared to the 01, but also clearly shares design traits with the original Lynk & CO. vehicle. The car is intended to capitalize on the rapidly growing crossover SUV model, which is particularly strong in Europe, where Lynk & Co is also finally revealing its market rollout plans after initially kicking off sales in China in 2017. Lynk & Co will aim to start European sales of its vehicles in 2020, and will skip the traditional dealer model to launch what it’s calling “Offline Stores,” which sound in practice a lot like Tesla’s global showrooms: “Small, sociable brand boutiques in urban districts.” The automaker will also sell online via its Lynkco.com site, which is a trademark of its conception (again something seemingly derived from the Tesla playbook) and it’ll also have a rolling pop-up shop that can make visits to spots that won’t have a permanent Offline Store boutique. Another bit of news from Lynk & Co this morning: They’re creating a design collaboration with online commerce platform Tictail. This will be a line of both clothing and home good that will be designed by Tictail’s designer community and sold via its platform, and it’s going to be called “The City Dweller Series.” It’s a bit heavyhanded, but it fits overall with Lynk & Co’s strategy of positioning itself as the brand of connected young professionals.
New Lynk & Co 01 2019 review The Lynk & Co 01 SUV is coming to Europe (in 2019) with an innovative new take on the whole car buying and owning thing. The car industry is currently going through what could turn out to be its biggest revolution of modern times. Autonomous technology is soon to transform the way we use cars, and experts believe the younger generation of consumers will start moving away from the traditional car buying process. Manufacturers are scrambling to ensure they are ahead of the game, with many adapting existing brands to suit. Chinese automotive conglomerate Geely, owners of Volvo, has chosen to tackle the problem by launching a new global brand: Lynk and Co. After getting a ride in the passenger seat earlier this year, Auto Express headed out to Shanghai to be one of the first behind the wheel of Lynk & Co’s launch model; the 01 SUV. • Best 4x4s and SUVs on sale right now The 01 feels a significant cut above other Chinese-built models we've previously sampled, with a pleasing array of soft-touch materials that jar a little in places, but feel premium enough to make the 01 seem a cut above SUVs from most mainstream brands. Keywords: new lynk, co 01, co 01 2019, lynk co, lynk & co, & co 01, new lynk &, lynk &, & co, 01 2019, car review, New Lynk & Co 01 2019 review, Lynk, Co 01 SUV, Lynk & Co 01 SUV, 4x4s, SUVs
The Lynk & Co 01 has just gone on sale in China, with a crossover 02 model and a saloon 03 model to follow. Geely, owners of the Lynk & Co sub-brand, is a Chinese company but it is also the owner of Volvo, and the synergies are interesting. The 01 uses the same modular platform as current Volvos, like the XC40, and powerplants will also be from the Swedish brand. The engines coming to Europe when the car arrives in 2019 will all hybrids, using a three-cylinder engine and a dual-clutch auto transmission. A short ride in a vehicle showed up that this should be competitive with mainstream rivals when it arrives into a very competitive field. The cabin quality was good and hard-wearing, and it comes equipped as standard with a 10.2-inch infotainment screen, digital instruments and more. Interior space is generous, and refinement levels generally seemed high. Obviously we’d need more of a test of European model before giving any further decisions on drivability.
While it’s an attractive and interesting vehicle, perhaps the main point of interest is in how the vehicle will be sold. For starters, there won’t be a dealer network. In fact the company isn’t really keen that you buy its cars at all. The business model will be more Netfilx, so you will effectively be joining a subscription model whereby you lease the car for possibly only a short time, before changing to another one. That means that the company will own its cars for most of the time, and will be managing them through the cars’ lifespans. That means you can have a subscription model that allows you a new car or a lower finance model will mean you can have a used model that has been re-prepared and is ready for another round of leasing.
The vehicles will be serviced through the Volvo network, and if you really want to you will be able to buy a Lynk & Co vehicle, at what look like being very keen prices given the amount of standard equipment and the quality of the cabin we’re going to be getting. This is an interesting vehicle and we’ll be intrigued to see how selling it through a different model appeals to a market always keen on change.