China is quick becoming a world leader in many things. Producing nice cars though? Jip, that too...
Just when you thought that China might never step up and make something worth looking at, we’re reminded that the Asians don’t play games when it comes to slowly chipping away at our European car loving soul.
Yes, we need not look further than South Korea’s Hyundai and Kia to understand that it won’t be long until China also become a car producing powerhouse. From the Nio EP9 to Byton, Chinese cars now turn more heads than not, and this here O2 by Lynk & Co is just another feather in the Chinese cap as the world braces itself for the Chinese car revolution.
Perhaps most surprising then is not the fact that this is a good looking Chinese SUV, but the fact that it’s not fully electric. China has been very much on the cusp of the electric revolution as they fully understand the economy of lithium (the key component in car batteries), and what the electric landscape could do for their long term financial outlook.
China is investing more in lithium than any other car-producing nation and are intent on being one of the world leaders when it comes to the economy of a carbon-free century.
But, to take a step back for a moment: Here’s what you see before you. The Geely owned Lynk & Co O2, which is a cousin of Volvo, sharing many of its parts with the Swedish giant. It means that it will arrive with Swedish due diligence, but also its boring ideology.
That doesn’t mean it’s not nice to look at, which it is. Most Volvos are great to look at but no car-loving human being goes out to buy one. They’re bought by responsible and diligent adults who like to move about in class and safety, without ever really wanting much to do with it.
The Lynk & Co O2 however, is slightly more exciting than that and if you look carefully, you you’ll even see a version here with a splash of orange. Oh my! How about that bro? Volvo must have seen that and covered their mouth in fright.
As for South Africans though: They shouldn’t be too worried. It’s unlikely to come to South Africa for a while. But, Geely would be silly not to bring it over sooner than later. As Africa is clearly growing closer to China than the West, with an emerging middle class ready for new and affordable cars – Africa makes a lot of long term sense - for Geely and for China.
But, make no mistake: We’re sure that Geely and China know that already.