Volvo Australia can partner with its parent company in Geely in China to bring Electronic Radar Down.
Does it come to Australia, Radar products will not carry the Volvo badge. Instead, Volvo Australia chief executive Stephen Connor said the brand could provide in-office support to Geely and assist with vehicle distribution Down Under.
“What I want to do is talk to our Geely partners and tell them ‘we will be the sales company for Radar’. That could be a possibility,” Mr Connor told the media, although he insisted Volvo Australia had not yet reached out.
“That would be no different for Ateco, someone like that. If that’s what they want to do to bring it to Australia, then we can really help them with the functions of the office.
“It’s the same platform where we can train the team, we can do technical support, we can support sales.
“I wanted to give them that, because I thought it would be a great way to expand our skill set,” Connor said.
If it goes down, Radar RD6 will confront LDV eT60 will launch later this month in Australia.
Geely officially launched Automatic Radar with the revelation of RD6 electronics, with deliveries in China to begin in Q4 2022.
Radar will also offer a “full portfolio” of “electric vehicles,” including pickup trucks, SUVs and even ATVs.
The RD6 has been designed under design veteran Peter Horbury, who was Geely’s executive vice president of design.
It is underpinned by Geely’s new Sustainable Experiences Architecture, which also underpins the Zeekr 001 and Smart number 1and will offer both single- and dual-motor powertrains.
The dedicated EV architecture has also enabled front boot under the bonnet, as well as truck beds with “external charging devices”.
Geely has yet to announce any specs such as size, power and range for the RD6 Radar nor has it previewed the car’s interior.
CarNewsChina reports that the RD6 will have a range of up to 600km in the more lenient NEDC cycle, with power outputs ranging from 149kW to 298kW.
Geely has confirmed the SEA will support over-the-air updates and autonomous driving technology, and promises a maximum range in excess of 700km – again, according to NEDC measures.