Lynk & Co. May Build Cars in South Carolina

Lynk & Co.

Volvo and its parent company, Geely, are considering building the millennial-friendly Lynk & Co. branded cars in the US. If the happens, the cars could start being built on Volvo’s South Carolina assembly line by as early as 2019.

That comes from a senior Lynk & Co. official who spoke to Reuters a few days ago. “We have always said our manufacturing footprint will be global, and it will. It’s obvious that we are talking to Volvo to see whether there are opportunities within the small network of Volvo plants” to produce Lynk & Co. cars, said Lynk & Co. Senior Vice President Alain Visser, in a separate interview. He went on to say that Volvo’s South Carolina and Ghent, Belgium plants were “an option we (Geely) are looking at.”

The first Lynk & Co. model to see production is expected to be the 01 compact sport-utility vehicle (SUV) with a starting price of around 24,000 USD. It’s designed on the same platform as, and should be easily manufactured alongside, Volvo Cars’ upcoming XC40 crossover.

You can check out the upcoming Lynk & Co. cars- what we’ve seen of them, anyway- below, then let us know what you think of more Volvo/Geely investment in US manufacturing in the comments section at the bottom of the article.

 

Lynk & Co. 01 and 02

Source | Images: Lynk & Co., Geely, via CNBC.

 

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.