- Aiways partners with Astara for sales and distribution in Spain and Portugal
- Aiways U5 available early 2022, closely followed by U6 SUV-Coupé
- Aiways grows European presence to nine markets; more to follow
- Aiways to launch one new model per calendar year in Europe
Shanghai/Munich, November 16, 2021 – Shanghai based personal mobility provider Aiways will start selling its electric SUVs in Spain and Portugal. Partnering with Astara in each market, Spanish and Portuguese car buyers will be able to order the all-electric Aiways U5 SUV online or from showrooms from Q1 2022.
Jorge Navea, CEO at Astara, commented: “There is huge potential for a high-quality and innovative electric SUV in Spain and Portugal – and the Aiways U5 is the perfect contender. We are very excited to add the Aiways brand to our portfolio, and now is the right time to introduce Aiways’ electric vehicles to a broad audience. With the contribution of our extensive experience in digital transformation and the new mobility ecosystem, we are fully committed to drive long-term growth for the brand”.
Astara is a global company with a presence in 14 countries oriented towards growth, offering a diversified portfolio of mobility products and services as ownership and subscription, B2B, B2C and through the new digital channels.
Dr. Alex Klose, Executive Vice President of Overseas Operations at Aiways, commented: “We’re delighted to add Spain and Portugal to our list of markets and to partner with Astara (former Bergé Group) who are one of the leading automotive distributors in Europe and growing as fast as we are. We are quietly but confidently building a sizeable presence across Europe, working with some forward-thinking partners in each of our markets. We are well placed to bring affordable yet high quality ecomobility to a growing customer base. We will use this momentum for further growth and expansion not only in other countries but also in new products. Each year we will bring a new Aiways model to the streets and into our markets, starting with the U6 SUV-Coupé at the beginning of next year.”
Aiways was the first electric vehicle start-up from China to start selling cars in Europe, and continues to grow its presence on the continent. Aiways is set to sell the U5 all-electric SUV in nine European markets – with Spain and Portugal joining Belgium, Denmark, Germany, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Switzerland.
Across all markets, the Aiways U5 SUV will be joined by the Aiways U6 SUV-Coupé at the start of 2022. Both models are all-electric, offering accessible zero emissions motoring, long range and class-leading practicality. Aiways intends to release one new electric vehicle per year in Europe following the start of sales for the Aiways U6 SUV-Coupé.
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Founded in 2017, Aiways is a Shanghai-based personal mobility provider with its European HQ in Munich, Germany. It was the first Chinese startup to introduce an electric vehicle to the European market with the launch of the U5 SUV in 2020 – a battery-electric SUV with impressive range, style and quality. Aiways continues its expansion in Europe and beyond: order books are open in Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark, France, Italy and Israel – with more markets to follow. The U5 is produced at Aiways smart production facility in Shangrao – one of the most modern car production facilities in China. With an initial production capacity of 150,000 units per annum, Aiways can increase this number to 300,000 units when global EV demand rises. Aiways’ next model for Europe will be the U6 electric SUV-Coupé. With a focus on class-leading aerodynamics, intelligent technology and sporty design, the U6 SUV-Coupé investigates the exciting future of the Aiways brand.
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Aiways media contacts
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James Parsons, PFPR Communications
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