Borgward picks first dealership in Europe

Chinese-backed automaker Borgward has picked its first European dealer.

Autodis Esch/Mersch will handle sales in Luxembourg, Borgward said.

The dealer sold 4,500 vehicles and had 127 employees and 72 million euros in revenue last year.

Borgward, a German brand that has been revived with investment from Beiqi Foton Motor, largely plans to use the Internet to sell its China-built vehicles in Europe.

The automaker is starting European sales with a limited edition of its BX7 SUV. Other models are expected to follow before the end of the year. In Germany, ATU is handling service at its 580 workshops nationwide.

Former Rolls-Royce development head Philip Koehn became Borgward’s new CEO on July 1, succeeding ex-Daimler China chief Ulrich Walker, who had headed the company since 2015.