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Car Dealer Pendragon in Talks to Bring Chinese EVs to Britain

  • Discussions between Pendragon and BYD at ‘advanced stage’
  • Company expects trading conditions to remain challenging
A BYD Co. Seal electric sedan, front, and an Atto 3 electric sport utility vehicle.

A BYD Co. Seal electric sedan, front, and an Atto 3 electric sport utility vehicle.

Photographer: Kiyoshi Ota/Bloomberg

British auto dealer Pendragon Plc is in advanced discussions with BYD Co. to be its UK launch partner as China’s biggest electric-vehicle maker enters the market later this year.

The move is part of Pendragon’s broader efforts to boost its new car franchise business, the London-based company said in a statement Wednesday, after posting 1.6% first-half revenue growth.