INTERNATIONAL - Lynk & Co, co-owned by Volvo’s owner and its two brands Volvo and Geely Auto, began selling its first model in China last year. The vehicle is currently produced at a Volvo-operated plant in Taizho in China.
The original plan, set out in March, was to begin production in Belgium at the end of 2019. But the Swedish company has had to replan what cars to produce in which part of the world due to a trade dispute between China and the United States that has led to additional tariffs.
“The decision to revise the manufacturing plans for Lynk & Co was taken due to an increased macro-economic uncertainty, and Volvo has reviewed how we best can utilize the group’s global production infrastructure,” the spokesman said.
The changes would not impact employment in Ghent and Lynk & Co’s cars would instead be exported to Europe from China next year, he said in response to emailed questions.
Volvo also has plans to begin selling Lynk & Co vehicles in the US in 2020.