After an intense battle for market share Uber China gave-in to the rival company Didi Chuxing
In a deal expected to be formally announced tomorrow, Uber will sell its Chinese arm Uber China to local rival Didi Chuxing.
In a blog post obtained by Bloomberg, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick posited the deal as a merger that strengthens both parties.
After Uber, Didi Chuxing is the biggest name in ride-sharing and together with Uber China is expected to be valued at $35 billion. Uber, which will control around 20 percent of the merged companies and even see Kalanick join the board of Didi Chuxing, is valued at $68 billion.
Uber China and Didi Chuxing had been subsidizing rides to help gain market share. The bill for Uber reportedly reached $2 billion. The straw that broke the camel’s back, however, is likely the Chinese government’s decision last month to ban companies from subsidizing rides.
Didi Chuxing is backed by fellow Chinese tech giants Alibaba and Tencent, both of which have expanded recently into the automotive industry. Didi Chuxing has also received a $1 billion investment from Apple. It currently handles more than 11 million rides a day and serves about 300 million customers spread across 400 cities.
Owing to dismal sales of Figo twins, Ford India is rethinking on it’s product launch strategy. Instead it want to strengthen the sales of present portfolio before making further investments. Ford India actively considered introduction of a sedan based on B500 platform to be pitted against Honda City and after much thought canceled the plan.
The EcoSport, being a major contributor to Ford’s market share, is now experiencing slight dent in sales due to the arrival of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. At least for now, Ford is hitting pause on investments that it had planned.
With the abandoning of the B500 platform based sedan, Ford is seeking ways to improve market share by focusing on the current portfolio instead. To revive interest in its recently launched models, Ford has now commenced a marketing campaign and initiated several service initiatives to boost sales. Ford India exported 6253 units in June 2016 compared to 2690 units shipped in June 2015.
Ford is sitting on huge accumulated losses in India, the introduction of new models will be delayed due to the shelving of plans. However, according to senior executives, there is a plan B which involves working towards solutions specifically focused on India. The Figo twins haven’t met sales expectations which could be the cause of Ford taking such a decision.
Since unveiling his ‘Master Plan Part Deux’ and Tesla’s future vehicle lineup earlier this month, Elon Musk has been quietly revealing more details about how Tesla plans to leverage its vehicle platforms to release more models. For example, he confirmed that the upcoming ‘Tesla Minibus’ will be built on the Model X chassis. Now he reveals…