A trio of Chinese electric cars by brands Leapmotor, BAIC and GAC are for sale in Australia.


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A trio of Chinese electric evaluation vehicles has been spotted for sale by Queensland-based auction house McDonalds Australia.

The three vehicles – a 2019 Leapmotor SO1, 2020 GAC NE AiON.S and 2019 BAIC EX5 R500 – are being offered as written-off salvage vehicles due to being “smoke damaged” by a fire. None of these vehicles are currently on sale in Australia.

It’s understood the three electric cars – alongside the listings for multiple other Chinese-imported electrified vehicles – were owned by an Australian engineering firm until the incident occurred.



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Usually, left-hand-drive vehicles imported into Australia by a manufacturer under strict test and evaluation criteria must be either crushed, donated for research (such as to a TAFE, fire brigade or university) or exported off-shore.

However, as parallel private imports, these vehicles are understood to be immune from being crushed or exported.



After more than a decade working in the product planning and marketing departments of brands like Kia, Subaru and Peugeot, Justin Narayan returned to being a motoring writer – the very first job he held in the industry.

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