Chinese manufacturers intend to make Europe their domain. Indeed, several big names have launched an attack on the old continent and the announcements continue with the imminent arrival of the Zeekr brand.
Will Europe be the playground for Chinese electric car manufacturers? Given the number of announcements in recent months, there is little doubt that their vehicles are preparing to invade the streets of Europe, especially to the detriment of continental leaders. Carlos Tavares, the boss of Stellantis, has not failed the EU to take measures to protect European industrialists.
A promising new brand
There is also a new brand. This is Zeekr, owned by Chinese giant Geely (it also owns Volvo and Polestar, as well as a stake in Mercedes Benz), who has announced it will be launching its first vehicle in Europe from next year. Zeekr was launched in 2021, with young customers in mind, yet with resources.
Zeekr’s first model is the simply named 001. It has been available in China since last year and sold 40,000 units in its first nine months. Not too bad considering it’s brand new. By comparison, Tesla sold nearly 220,000 Model Ys in the country during the same period. The price of the 001 is the equivalent of $41,000, the same price as a Model Y in China.
A priori, it is this model that Zeekr wants to market in Europe, although the company has not indicated a price. The 001 is a five-door sedan, promised with a range of 1,000 km. This is the manufacturer’s estimate, we’ll have to see what it looks like in reality. It also ensures a 0 to 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds, even if that is not the main criterion!
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