This weekend happened the 21st auto show called poetically Guangdong-Hongkong-Macao Great Bay International Auto Show in Shenzhen. MG6 XPower launched there on Saturday for 199 800 yuan ($31 000). As our readers know, MG launches so many variants and updates of MG6 that we just ignore most of them, but this one is special. The last time MG used the XPower label was in 2005 on its V8 5.0L sports car. At that time, it was still in British hands; SAIC became the owner of MG brand two years later, in 2007.
Yesterday leaked the documents exposing the price and configuration of a new SUV Lynk & Co 09. It will start at 299 800 yuan (46 000 USD).
Lynk & Co is a brand owned by Chinese Geely, the same company that also owns Volvo. There is lots of technology sharing between Volvo and Lynk & Co. The difference is that Lynk & Co is positioned as a cool trendy brand focused on millennials. My colleague Tycho sometimes even hesitate to write about it because we are so much less cool than they are. So I took over today, as in the end we always realize, it is all job of a desperate PR manager who tries all tricks he knows to differentiate on the crazy crowded and competitive Chinese market.
Earlier this year, Car News China reported on the trial production of the Voyah Free, a luxury SUV made by DongFeng under their new Voyah sub-brand. The Chinese name is Lantu. As the car is now market-ready, let’s take a closer look at what’s on offer.
On the night of 19th June, Lynk & Co officially released its flagship model 09 in Shanghai. The new car is positioned as a mid-size SUV. Following models 01 – 07, Lynk & Co 09 is the automaker’s biggest car. It is based on Volvo’s SPA platform – the same that underpins the Volvo XC90 II (also a mid-size SUV), several other Volvo cars, and Polestar 1. Chinese automaker Geely owns all these brands.
I like Chongqing Auto Show. Compared with Shanghai Auto, which traditionally takes place in April, Chongqing is much smaller but more pragmatic. Shanghai is more about showing muscles, the latest technology, and concept cars. “Launch in 2025” was the favorite phrase there. There is lots of PR. But at Chongqing, automakers show more cars you can actually buy now or soon. My colleague Tycho would probably say this show is less focused on millennials. Let’s have a look at the three highlights of the show and one surprise.
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