Automotive News   |   Automotive News Europe   |   Autoweek   |   Automobilwoche

Automotive News China Newsletter
Register our free newsletter, sent each Monday and Thursday

     Automakers   Suppliers   Auto Show   Comment   Car Cutaway   Newsletters   Press Releases   Register for Newsletter
  Contact Us:   Editorial   Advertising   Subscription Information   |   About Us   Media Kit
Home >> Automaker Email this story   Print this story
Alain Visser, Lynk & CO CEO
Lynk & CO CEO outlines Europe plans for 'wild horse' brand
Douglas A. Bolduc | 2019/5/24

GOTHENBURG, Sweden -- Lynk & CO is the "wild horse" in parent Zhejiang Geely Holding Group's growing stable of brands, CEO Alain Visser says, because unlike other Geely brands, such as Volvo and Lotus, the company sees itself as a "mobility brand with a car."

Geely has two objectives for Lynk & CO, Visser told the  Automotive News Europe  Congress here on Wednesday:

1. To become the first brand steered from China to be global.

2. To not just say, ¡°Here is another car brand.¡± But to say, ¡°Here is a brand that challenges the car industry."

One way it will do that is by not having traditional dealers when it starts sales in Europe in mid-2020.

Instead, Visser said Lynk & CO will have two to three company-owned flagship stores per country and supplement them with so-called ¡°pop-up stores¡± that will visit smaller cities in that country.

For example, Lynk & CO's flagship store in Sweden will be in Stockholm, which means someone in Gothenburg with interest in one of the brand¡¯s cars will have to wait until the pop-up store comes to town. Visser said Lynk & CO¡¯s mobile store will be in Gothenburg for one week a month.

Everything inside the company¡¯s stores -- sofas, chairs, espresso cups -- will be for sale. This plan has proved popular. Visser said many companies have approached Lynk & CO about having their products inside the brand's store. These products range from scooters to shoes to furniture. "We are not desperately looking for partners. We are selecting partners," Visser said.

Lynk & CO has the 01, 02 and 03 models on sale in China, where they accounted for a combined 120,000 sales in 2018. When asked about the 04, 05 and 06 Visser declined to offer details but he did provide an interesting tease: "We are not a car company. We are a mobility company, so when you talk the 04 and 05 you're thinking cars and that doesn't necessarily have to be the case."

While China¡¯s GAC Motor is postponing a launch in the U.S. next year, Lynk & CO is going ahead with its plan for U.S. sales. Visser said the U.S. launch for Lynk & CO will happen at the end of 2021.

Related Stories
  • Geely picks Swedish software developer to supply self-driving tech
  •     --Published:2019/21/6
  • Volvo names new China sales chief
  •     --Published:2019/21/6
  • Proton to assemble Geely cars in Malaysia
  •     --Published:2019/21/6
  • Geely, LG Chem to form $188 million EV battery joint venture
  •     --Published:2019/14/6
  • Geely sales slump for 2nd straight month
  •     --Published:2019/11/6
  • Volvo sales continue to advance behind locally built XC60, S90
  •     --Published:2019/7/6
  • U.S. rejects GM, Volvo requests for tariff relief on China-made vehicles
  •     --Published:2019/7/6
  • Geely readies first fuel cell vehicle
  •     --Published:2019/4/6
  • Geely, Daimler form mobility JV in Hangzhou
  •     --Published:2019/21/5
  • Geely opens EV research center in Germany
  •     --Published:2019/17/5
  • Geely's Lotus to hire 200 engineers for U.K. expansion, report says
  •     --Published:2019/14/5
  • Geely Auto sales fall as volume at mass-market brand softens
  •     --Published:2019/10/5
  • Volvo sales pick up on demand for locally built models
  •     --Published:2019/7/5

    Our Newsletter Editions
    Automotive News China produces two email newsletters each week. You can sort your news by the articles highlighted in each of our newsletters here.

    Select your newsletter     


    Automotive News China
    Room 1303, Building 2, Lane 99, South Hongcao Road,
    Shanghai 200233
    Telephone: 86-139-1851-5816
    Fax: 86-21-6495-0895
    Home | Help Center | About Us | Privacy Policy | RSS
    Entire contents © Crain Communications, Inc.
    Use of editorial content without permission is strictly prohibited. All Rights Reserved.