Five Intriguing, Forward-Thinking Chinese Car Brands

From battery-swapping capabilities to AI-assisted selfies, these vehicles are driving into the future

by Jaclyn Trop For an outsider, the streets of many Chinese cities can feel like a parallel universe. Of course, Chinese drivers are fond of Buicks and Mercedes-Benzes, but the recent proliferation of homegrown brands—especially from electric vehicle-makers—is giving the world’s largest automotive market more options to buy local. The shock of models expected within the next year or two get hundreds of miles of …

Lynk & Co’s 02 Sport Crossover SUV Model

From advanced car-sharing to local manufacturing, the experimental Geely brand comes to Europe

Swathed in mystery Lynk & Co unveiled their 01 vehicle in 2016. It was a tech-driven concept turned compact (or, almost mid-sized) SUV. The Geely sub-brand (and young Volvo sibling) purported to be direct-to-consumer and rentable via app. But while the debut happened in Berlin, sales would commence in China. Now, however, the brand is making its way to Europe—stemming from a recently announced production …

Volvo’s Gearing to go All Electric

It’s been a good week for electric automobiles, thanks to two major global commitments. First, China’s Geely announced that Volvo, the Sweden-based brand they purchased back in 2010, will produce only electric or hybrid vehicles starting in 2019. This will include five new models produced at Volvo plants worldwide—three under the Volvo name and two under Polestar (Volvo’s performance brand). This makes Volvo the first …