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Mercedes-Benz, Geely considering joint ride-hailing service - report

Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz and Smart, is reportedly considering starting a 50-50 joint-venture ride-hailing service with Chinese carmaker Geely. Sources have told Bloomberg the ride-hailing system would be for the Chinese market...

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Geely, a blueprint to superpower status
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Geely, a blueprint to superpower status

I do not profess to be any kind of authority on China’s automotive industry. My recent trip to Beijing left my mouth agape at the sheer scale of… everything. But I am a follower of the car business in a more general sense, especially the pervasive trends of consolidation, influence peddling, and shared capital expenditure. Not to mention the current trade war...


London Taxi maker to begin trials of new electric van
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London Taxi maker to begin trials of new electric van

The London EV Company, the maker of London's iconic black taxi cabs, expects to begin fleet trials of its new range-extended electric van in the second half of 2019. The company is currently in discussions with a number of public-sector organisations, including the London Fire Brigade and Metropolitan Police Service, about adding prototypes of its new van to their fleets...


Toyota, Geely investigating hybrid partnership
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Toyota, Geely investigating hybrid partnership

Toyota and Geely are discussing cooperating on hybrid drivetrain technology, although it is not clear how far or how wide the relationship will stretch. The Japanese auto giant has confirmed to Reuters it and Geely are "communicating with each other” regarding petrol-electric hybrid technology...


Geely plans to invest $2.7 billion in Lotus
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Geely plans to invest $2.7 billion in Lotus

Geely is reportedly considering authorising £1.5 billion ($2.7 billion) to revitalise British sports car maker Lotus. Sources have told Bloomberg the plan under investigation includes hiring an additional 200 engineers, and building a second UK factory, probably in the West Midlands. Geely is also said to be thinking of increasing its stake in Lotus...


2019 Lynk & Co 03 revealed
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2019 Lynk & Co 03 revealed

The Lynk & Co 03 sedan has been revealed ahead of its official debut a the Chengdu motor show in September, becoming the company's third model line and its first non-SUV. In terms of design, there are few surprises given the various teasers have been released over the past month, along with the fact it's largely unchanged from the 03 concept revealed at last year's Shanghai motor show...


Geely unveils new BMA modular architecture
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Geely unveils new BMA modular architecture

Chinese car maker Geely, which also owns Volvo and Lynk & Co, has unveiled a new modular platform for Polo-class cars. Geely says BMA took four years to develop, and involved around 100 modular platform experts from 20 countries. Most of the work was reportedly done in the company's research and development centre in Hangzhou Bay...


Lynk & Co 03 teased again
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Lynk & Co 03 teased again

The Lynk & Co 03 has been all but officially revealed, though that hasn't stopped the Chinese manufacturer from releasing yet another teaser this week. Like the camouflaged photos published earlier this week, the latest set of designer sketches don't offer too many surprises in terms of the car's looks...


2019 Lynk & Co 03 teased
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2019 Lynk & Co 03 teased

Lynk & Co has teased its upcoming 03 sedan with a set of official 'spy images' this week, ahead of a full debut later this year or early next. Set to become the new Chinese brand's third model when it goes on sale, the Lynk & Co 03 will share its Compact Modular Architecture (CMA) platform with its 01 and 02 stablemates, along with the Volvo XC40...


Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales departs for 'personal reasons'
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Lotus CEO Jean-Marc Gales departs for 'personal reasons'

Jean-Marc Gales, CEO of Lotus since 2014, has left the British sports car brand with immediate effect, although he will continue to work with the company in an advisory capacity. Lotus says Gales is leaving for "personal reasons", and has appointed Feng Qingfeng, the chief technical officer of Geely, as his successor...


Geely unveils Bo Rui GE with Volvo hybrid power
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Geely unveils Bo Rui GE with Volvo hybrid power

Geely Auto has unveiled its 'new energy flagship sedan' – dubbed Bo Rui GE – in Beijing this week, complete with an electrified powertrain from subsidiary Volvo. Power in the Bo Rui GE comes from a 1.5-litre turbo petrol engine, mated with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a plug-in hybrid system for claimed combined consumption of just 1...


Geely Concept Icon revealed in Beijing
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Geely Concept Icon revealed in Beijing

Geely has unveiled the Concept Icon, its take on the Volvo XC40, at the 2018 Beijing motor show. According to its designers, the Concept Icon has been built around two key words: high tech and inspiring. It was penned at Geely's studio in Shanghai, and is unashamedly aimed at young buyers...


Volvos could soon have Mercedes-Benz engines – report
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Volvos could soon have Mercedes-Benz engines – report

Swedish manufacturer Volvo could soon feature engines from the Mercedes-Benz range, according to a new report out of Germany. Manager Magazin claims the German marque's parent, Daimler, is considering working closer with Volvo's Chinese parent Geely – it's also worth noting Geely's boss and principal owner, Li Shufu, owns a 9.7 per cent share in Daimler...


Lynk & Co 02 revealed
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Lynk & Co 02 revealed

Shortly after detailing its European launch plans, Chinese start-up Lynk & Co has revealed its latest model – the 02 crossover. Launched in Amsterdam, the Lynk & Co 02 is the third offering to be unveiled by the Geely subsidiary, joining the larger 01 SUV and the 03 sedan...


Lynk & Co to build 01 in Belgium for Europe
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Lynk & Co to build 01 in Belgium for Europe

Lynk & Co has confirmed it will manufacture its new 01 SUV in Belgium for the European market. Speaking with industry journal Automotive News Europe, the Chinese start-up which is owned by Geely – which also owns Volvo – the company's boss, Alan Visser, said the 01 will be produced in Europe, for Europe, from 2019 at a factory in Ghent, Belgium...


Geely chairman becomes largest Daimler stakeholder
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Geely chairman becomes largest Daimler stakeholder

Daimler, parent company of Mercedes-Benz and Smart, has confirmed Li Shufu, founder and chairman of Geely, has aquired a 9.69 per cent stake in the German van, truck and luxury car maker. According to The Detroit News and other outlets, Li's stake in the German company cost around €7.3 billion ($11.5 billion)...


Lotus: Two new sports cars in 2020, SUV by 2022
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Lotus: Two new sports cars in 2020, SUV by 2022

Lotus has detailed its product plans for the first time since it became a subsidiary of Chinese manufacturer Geely, announcing it will introduce two new sports cars in 2020 and its first SUV by 2022. Speaking with the UK's CAR Magazine, Lotus's CEO, Jean-Marc Gales, said one of the all-new sports cars will be a replacement for a current model, while the second will be a limited-run track-oriented flagship...


Geely buys big stake in Volvo Trucks
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Geely buys big stake in Volvo Trucks

Geely has bought an 8.2 per cent stake in AB Volvo, making it the largest single shareholder in the Swedish truck, construction equipment and technology company. The company bought its stake from Cevian Capital and, once regulatory approval is granted, will have 15.6 per cent of voting rights – short of the 22...


Geely to buy stake in Mercedes-Benz - report
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Geely to buy stake in Mercedes-Benz - report

Geely, the Chinese parent of Volvo Cars, is set to buy a significant stake in Daimler, the company behind Mercedes-Benz and Smart. According to The Global Times, the state-run China Central Television (CCTV) network is reporting Zhejiang Geely is about to buy three to five per cent of Daimler for 4.0 billion euros ($6.2 billion). Above: Mercedes-Benz CLS...


2018 Lynk & Co 01 review: Prototype drive
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2018 Lynk & Co 01 review: Prototype drive

There’s a depressingly familiar script when it comes to the attempts of China’s native carmakers to expand sales beyond their own borders: big promises, poor delivery and – frequently – a speedy withdrawal to lick wounds. So if your first instinct is to see the Lynk & Co 01 as another no-hoper, that’s understandable...