Leapmotor arrives in France with electric cars rivaling Dacia Spring and Tesla Model Y

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Carlos Tavares, CEO of Stellantis, and Jiangming Zhu, Founder, President and CEO of Leapmotor.

If many Western manufacturers have joined forces with Chinese brands to invest in the Middle Kingdom, since this was previously a legal requirement, here we are talking about the opposite case. The Chinese brand Leapmotor has thus joined forces with Stellantis – which acquired approximately 21% of the capital of the manufacturer – to export its electric cars, via the joint venture Leapmotor International BV created for this purpose. It is managed by Stellantis 51/49 and based in Amsterdam.

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We now know more about the timetable for Leapmotor's arrival in Europe. From September 2024, the brand will be marketed in France, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Greece and Romania. At the end of 2024, Leapmotor will also enter certain markets in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and South America.

Four launches between 2024 and 2027

The first two models to be marketed in Europe by Leapmotor will be the T03 minicity car and the C10 family SUV. The first will compete with the Dacia Spring and announces a range of 265 km according to the European WLTP approval protocol. The T03 was already distributed sparsely on the European continent by SN Diffusion, but it could be slightly revised for its arrival with great fanfare in Europe.

Leapmotor T03

The C10, for its part, is akin to a rival to the Tesla Model Y. It is described by Stellantis as “Leapmotor's first global product, developed according to global design and safety standards”. It promises 420 km of WLTP range and boasts five stars in Euro NCAP crash tests.

Leapmotor C10

Four other models will soon be launched by Leapmotor in Europe. It will be a compact SUV, a compact sedan, a versatile city car and a city SUV.

Roadmap Leapmotor Europe

Most of these models should be produced in China, but Stellantis could also choose to carry out the final assembly of some of them in Europe. This would allow them to avoid possible economic sanctions from the EU against electric cars produced in China.

It remains to be seen the price of these models. The T03 should logically be sold less expensive than the larger Citroën ë-C3, billed at €23,300 in France, or even €19,300 with bonus deducted.

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