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First pictures of the prototype EX50 that will be marketed by YGM-Great Wall. Needless to say, it is heavily inspired by the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.
The EX50 is designed as an NEV, powered by a 96 kW/200 Nm motor.

Dimensions: 4100 × 1710 × 1595 mm
Wheelbase: 2520 mm
Weight: 1250 kg
Max. speed: 125 km/h
Range: 160 km



http://news.cnev.cn/Info_99329.html
 

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Link Tour (领途 Lingtu) is a new brand introduced by Link Tour Holdings, the proposed JV between Yogomo and Great Wall Motors (*). The K-One, developed as the EX50 project, will be the first car to be launched under this brand. This is an NEV with a 45 kW or 96 kW motor paired with either a 40.5 kWh or 46 kWh battery pack, which delivers an official (NEDC) range of 310-405 km.

Although they will still get brickbats for copying Merc, thankfully the logo and grille matrix has been changed.





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http://www.diandong.com/news/2018062386794.shtml
https://www.autohome.com.cn/news/201806/919000.html

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(*) Great Wall Motors already holds 25% of Hebei Yogomo Vehicle Industry Co., Ltd.
 

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Hebei Yogomo Vehicle Industry Co., Ltd. officially changes name to Link Tour Automobile Co., Ltd. This will henceforth operate as the JV between GWM and the (former) Yogomo group. Subsidiaries producing other brands such as La Vie (Shandong Yogomo) will carry on as usual. Let's see what happens to the other Yogomo/YGM-badged LSEVs and NEVs -- whether some of them are shifted to Link Tour brand or not.


Updated corporate profile:
https://www.qichacha.com/firm_7f25e1ae941dd940a8ba2abd42130c7c.html
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Link Tour K-ONE, other prototypes

Public debut of the K-ONE and four other prototypes:


The S5 Urban is a futuristic looking vehicle based on the K-ONE with a host of driver assist systems:


The BX100 is a micro city runabout:


The C3 is another 3-door city car, around 3 meters long; the C5 is a bigger 5-door version:


Link Tour will offer the possibility of quick battery swaps for its cars in the future.

https://www.autohome.com.cn/news/201809/922695.html
 

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Link Tour

Link Tour has been a disaster. After a flurry of activity in 2018, everything died down in 2019. According to CAAM, sales (wholesale) of the brand were 9224 in 2018, 485 in 2019 (all in January) and none at all since then. In its haste to expand rapidly, the Yogomo group had spent way beyond its means, and the new factory in Wuxi, with a projected capacity of 150,000 cars annually, was a spectacular example of this profligacy, in hindsight. The usual story followed: millions of yuan in unpaid dues to suppliers, project contractors, engineering consultants (reportedly around 40%), and -- do I even need to state the obvious? -- unpaid salaries to employees and layoffs. News is not very clear at that point, but it seems Wuxi and other production bases were shut down. A ruckus ensued which got the police and judiciary involved and assets, at least those related to Link Tour and the Wuxi plant, probably got attached. All this happened in the third quarter of 2019.

Subsequently, it was rumored that a corporate group, United Fortune (中联众福 Zhonglian Zhongfu), which had some involvement in battery manufacturing tech, was either interested in taking over or had actually taken over Link Tour. However, this is probably not true because even today the QCC Corporate Registry shows Link Tour Auto in the hands of the original promoters.

I am surprised that while all this was going on, it does not appear that Great Wall Motors, which had a 25% stake in Link Tour, made any effort to bail this company out. In December 2019, GWM actually transferred its 25% stake to a subsidiary, Shenzhen Great Wall Motor Sales Co., Ltd. Maybe its eyes were dazzled by Spotlight, and therefore lost focus on the plight of Link Tour.

https://www.sohu.com/a/342346805_526255
https://kknews.cc/car/jlg3pmq.html
 
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