Chinese automaker Geely has completed the formal formation of two joint venture projects with Volvo Cars and Malaysia’s Proton (Lotus) to develop the company’s new, upscale “Lynk & Co” brand.
The companies recently issued a joint press release, highlighting how the economies of scale that come with sharing expensive power train and battery development costs will benefit both Volvo Cars and Geely’s other brands. “These joint ventures will create significant value for our automotive brands (Geely, Lotus, etc.). We aim to deliver global economies of scale by facilitating closer cooperation between our brands on shared vehicle architectures, power train development and electrification, while offering synergies that will enable Lynk & Co to achieve its full potential,” said Li Shufu, Chairman of Geely.
If you’re unfamiliar with Lynk & Co, you can check out their 01 SUV and 03 sedan in the photo gallery, at top, then check out Volvo’s official press release, in its entirety, below.
Volvo Cars and Geely Agree on Technology Sharing and the Formation of LYNK & CO
Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, and Geely Holding, the Chinese car group, Friday completed the formation of two new entities to share existing and future technology and provide the economies of scale that will allow them to more rapidly develop next generation electrified vehicle technology.
The agreements, signed at a ceremony in Ningbo, China, formalize the strategic priorities, management teams and targeted synergies for the collaboration within the group.
As a result, a new technology joint venture will be formed called GV Automobile Technology (Ningbo) Co. Ltd. It will be 50/50 owned by Volvo Cars and Geely Holding and headquartered in China with a subsidiary in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Lars Danielson, former SVP of Volvo Cars and CEO of Volvo Cars Asia Pacific, will become the Chairman of GV Technology, which will seek synergy benefits for Volvo Cars, Geely Auto and LYNK & CO through two units controlling technology access as well as procurement.
A separate LYNK & CO company, fully responsible for the LYNK & CO car line, will also be formed, jointly owned by Volvo Cars, Geely Holding and Geely Auto, with a newly constituted board of directors.
An Cong Hui, President and CEO of Geely Auto, has been named Chairman of the Board of LYNK & CO and Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo Cars, will serve as board director alongside Daniel Li, Executive Vice President and CFO of Geely Holding and Feng Qing Feng, Group Vice President and CTO of Geely Auto.
“These joint ventures will create significant value for our automotive brands. We aim to deliver global economies of scale by facilitating closer cooperation between our brands on shared vehicle architectures, powertrain development and electrification, while offering synergies that will enable LYNK & CO to achieve its full potential,” said Li Shufu, Chairman of Geely Holdings.
Volvo Cars will hold 30 per cent of the shares in LYNK & CO, while Geely Auto will hold 50 per cent and Geely Holding 20 per cent of the new company. Volvo Cars’ significant minority shareholding reflects Volvo Cars’ support to the LYNK & CO brand both now and in the future.
Volvo Cars and Geely already share technology, most notably the Compact Modular Architecture (CMA), which is being used by Volvo Cars for its soon-to-be-announced smaller range of 40 series cars and by LYNK & CO.
“We look forward to expanding our cooperation with LYNK & CO. It will be beneficial for both companies”, said Håkan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars.
The formation of the LYNK & CO company is expected to be finalized in September and is subject to relevant corporate and authority approvals.