- Dolphin to start pre-orders and deliveries in H1 2023, sales in H2 2023
- The order of the books has been postponed until next year to reduce the waiting time for delivery.
- The distributor aims to stock more BYD cars locally.
The BYD Dolphin and Sail have been slightly delayed for Australia, with pre-orders now expected to open in 2023 to reduce delivery wait times.
The all-electric Dolphin City hatchback is about to open its order book and launch. Delivery in the first half of 2023while the Sail sedan will follow suit. in the other half.
Earlier, local distributor EVDirect said the new BYD electric cars would go on sale before the end of this year.
“We had hoped to sell the Dolphin this year, but have decided to move the pre-sale date closer to the actual delivery date,” EV Direct chief executive Luke Todd told Wheels Media this morning.
“We want to move towards a brand that can release models closer to the actual delivery date.
Todd added that BYD’s “mass production capacity” means the brand should have in-house stock in 2023, ready to go when customers place their orders.
However, this does not indicate that customer deliveries of BYD electric cars have been pushed back.
The Dolphin Electric Hatch is expected to cost less than $40,000. The only BYD model currently on sale, the Atto 3 small SUV, which starts at $44,381 Before down the road costs and incentives.
The Dolphin was spied testing in Sydney this week, and the Chinese-market version is already on display at its Darlinghurst showroom, featuring the Shenzhen automaker’s signature nautical design theme, rotating 12.8-inch tablet infotainment system, and Lithium iron phosphate (LFP) blade battery It is said to be more durable and safe.
The Dolphin will compete directly with the MG 4 and GWM Ora Funky Cat small electric hatchbacks coming in the new year.
Meanwhile, BYD Sale Sedan The brand’s answer to the ubiquitous Tesla Model 3 features a more upmarket interior, a larger 15.6-inch rotating touchscreen and 10.25-inch driver’s display, a ‘frink’ under the bonnet, and flush door handles. Its price is expected. around the $60,000 mark.
It is unclear whether the company will rename the Dolphin and Sail in line with the automotive naming convention, but both electric cars will launch in Japan with unchanged nameplates.
Independent distributor EVDirect has backtracked on a number of decisions before releasing the BYD Atto 3, including enforcing strange warranty exclusions on certain parts. Showrooms, test drives and delivery handovers are facilitated through its Agers automotive dealer giant partner.