Chinese BYD comes to Belgium via Toyota importer Inchcape

Chinese BYD comes to Belgium via Toyota importer Inchcape
Chinese BYD comes to Belgium via Toyota importer Inchcape

The European offensive that the Chinese BYD – short for Build Your Dreams – has been preparing for some time, is taking shape. In the Netherlands they are working with the Louwman Group, which also imports Toyota. For Belgium, BYD would have an agreement with Inchcape, the Belgian importer of – yes – Toyota and Lexus. The first cars would be sold in the course of 2022, perhaps via an online platform. Well, the first cars have actually been driving around in Brussels for a while, because in 2014 they already supplied 50 electric taxis based on the BYD e6 after coming out on top in a public tender.

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BYD calls itself the largest manufacturer of electric cars, for Tesla. But they cheat a bit, because in China Build Your Dreams also sells plug-in hybrid models…

Which models? And at what price?

With which models the Chinese manufacturer comes to Belgium, has not yet been officially announced. But if we look at Norway, where Build Your Dreams is launching its European offensive, we are betting on the BYD Tang and the BYD Han. The recently redesigned Tang is an electric SUV with two electric motors, good for a system power of almost 500 hp. The battery pack had a capacity of 82.8 kWh, but that will soon be increased to 108.8 kWh. According to the Chinese CLTC cycle – comparable to our NEDC from the past – the driving range is no less than 730 kilometers. There is also talk of a less powerful BYD Tang Single Motor, but whether it makes the crossing…

The BYD Han is a direct competitor to the Tesla Model 3. In China, the nearly 5 meter long saloon is sold in two versions: a front-wheel drive Single Motor entry variant that promises 222 hp, but it is the four-wheel drive top variant that would come to Europe. It has a system output of just under 500 hp and sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in less than 4 seconds. The battery pack of 77 kWh and that would translate into a range of more than 600 kilometers, again calculated according to the less accurate CLTC method.

Source: Autonieuws

The article is in Dutch


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