Geely sub-brand Lynk & Co reported sales of 120,414 vehicles in its home country of China for 2018, and thus claimed it has become the world’s fastest-growing brand. From the marque’s establishment three years ago, it has opened 221 retail outlets in China.

“Three years ago, Lynk & Co started off as just an idea founded on principles unheard of within the industry. These sales numbers for a totally new brand are exceptional and proof that the focus on a simple experience from start to finish for young urbanites is working,” said Lynk & Co CEO Alain Visser.

The young brand will be focusing on making inroads into the European market, with the first stores on the continent set to open in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Stockholm, London and Barcelona, beginning in 2020.

Locally, the complete range comprising Lynk & Co 01, 02 and 03 models have been spotted plying Malaysian roads by our readers, and these were marked as left-hand drive units, likely for the evaluation of right-hand-drive conversions. It remains to be seen whether these development units will turn out to be for export only, or for local Malaysian sale.

Currently, Lynk & Co production takes place in China, with plans expansion to Ghent, Belgium and South Carolina, USA. All three models are underpinned by Compact Modular Architecture which also forms the basis of the Volvo XC40, and all are available with 1.5 three-cylinder or 2.0 litre four-pot turbo petrol engines.

GALLERY: Lynk & Co 01, 02, 03 mules spied in Malaysia