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Lotus planning electric hypercar - report

Lotus is planning to launch a £2 million ($3.53 million) pure-electric hypercar, according to new reports from Europe. According to coverage from Autocar, the flagship will be built in incredibly limited numbers, and serve to demonstrate owner Geely's technical prowess to the world...

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Lynk & Co 01 Coupe spied
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Lynk & Co 01 Coupe spied

Photographers have nabbed images of what is believed to be the Lynk & Co '01 Coupe', which will serve as the Chinese start-up's fourth model in its growing family. In similar style to the BMW X4 and X6, along with the Mercedes-Benz GLC and GLE Coupes, the 01 Coupe will blend the high-riding body of a crossover with the sloping roofline of a coupe, serving as a design-focused niche product...


Lynk & Co 03 Cyan concept revealed
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Lynk & Co 03 Cyan concept revealed

Lynk & Co has confirmed it will enter the FIA World Touring Car Cup in partnership with Cyan Racing, revealing a 500hp (373kW) road car concept based on its new 03 sedan. When it hits the track in 2019, the Lynk & Co Cyan Racing 03 TCR will go head-to-head with racers from the likes of Audi, Honda, Hyundai and Volkswagen...


China: Car sales fall 11.6 per cent, manufacturers feel the pinch
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China: Car sales fall 11.6 per cent, manufacturers feel the pinch

China has posted a 11.6 per cent decline in new vehicle sales for the month of September – with a sales figure of 2.4 million units – marking the third month in a row the market has fallen year-on-year. A new report by BBC News attributes the decline to a slowing Chinese economy, something being felt by vehicle manufacturers around the world...


Mercedes-Benz, Geely considering joint ride-hailing service - report
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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. Daimler is reportedly considering using vehicles from its Denza electric car brand, which itself is a joint venture with BYD and produces EVs based on the first-generation B-Class...


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...


Polestar 1: Carbon-fibre construction detailed
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Polestar 1: Carbon-fibre construction detailed

Swedish performance brand Polestar has released new details about its upcoming 1 hybrid sports car, this time regarding the new model's extensive use of lightweight carbon-fibre in its construction. The company says the use of carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) for most body parts contributes to a weight saving of 230 kilograms...


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...