2 July 2023
By Tom Collins
BYD is a Chinese eCar brand that is making inroads into the marketplace across Europe
It was only in February that BYD appointed two Motor Distributors Ltd (MDL) as their National Dealer Partner for the Republic of Ireland.
MDL’s recent main activity in Ireland has been the distribution of Mercedes-Benz vehicles, which it will continue with. MDL has been quick to open showrooms in Dublin and Cork for BYD. The Cork site being adjacent to the existing Mercedes-Benz showroom at East Gate, Little Island.
The global BYD website states it is “the world’s leading manufacturer of new energy vehicles”. BYD’s footprint now covers six continents, more than 70 countries and over 400 cities.
This week, Entertainment presenter Finnoula Jay and Celebrity chef Lilly Higgins fronted a Cork launch event at the Dean Hotel, Horgan’s Quay, Cork City. Photographer David Clynch was there.
In Q3 2022, BYD Auto shipped 537,000 EV units, an annual increase of 200%, but of that only 17,000 were sales in markets outside China. BYD has established a base in the Netherlands to handle its expansion into Europe.