Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance and Didi Chuxing sign MOU to explore new business opportunities


Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, the world’s leading automotive alliance, today announced it has signed a memorandum of understanding with DiDi Chuxing (‘DiDi’), the leading Chinese mobile transportation platform, to explore future business cooperation on a new electric vehicle car-sharing program in the People’s Republic of China.

The memorandum of understanding signed with DiDi underlines the commitment to new mobility services at the Alliance, including the launch of robo-vehicle ride-hailing services, as part of the Alliance 2022 strategic midterm plan launched last year by Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi.

Ogi Redzic, senior vice president of Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services for Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, said: “The potential business and technology opportunities that we will explore with DiDi are quite promising. This cooperation fits with the Alliance expansion in vehicle electrification, autonomy, connectivity and new mobility services.”

Chen Ting, General Manager for the Express Mobility Group of DiDi Chuxing, said, “Strategic partnerships with the world’s leading industry players like Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi will enable us to pool our strengths and resources to meet diversified mobility demands and create an open, sharing-based transportation ecosystem, as we innovate vehicles for a future of ridesharing, AI technology and new energy.”

As the world’s largest automotive group in unit sales, the Alliance is accelerating convergence and synergy initiatives in a range of new automotive technologies. By the end of its strategic plan, the Alliance will launch 12 pure electric models worldwide, utilizing common EV platforms and components, while also bringing to market 40 vehicles worldwide with autonomous drive technology and developing robo-vehicle ride-hailing services.

Under the Alliance 2022 strategic plan, Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is forecasting that the combined revenues of its member companies will reach $240 billion and that annual unit sales will exceed 14 million by the end of 2022, compared with 10.6 million units sold by its member companies in 2017.

ABOUT RENAULT-NISSAN-MITSUBISHI:

Groupe Renault, Nissan Motor Company and Mitsubishi Motors represent the world’s largest automotive alliance. It is the longest-lasting and most productive cross-cultural partnership in the auto industry. Together, the partners more than 10.6 million vehicles in nearly 200 countries in 2017. The member companies are focused on collaboration and maximizing synergies to boost competitiveness. They have strategic collaborations with other automotive groups, including Germany’s Daimler and China’s Dongfeng. This strategic alliance is the industry leader in zero-emission vehicles and is developing the latest advanced technologies, with plans to offer autonomous drive, connectivity features and services on a wide range of affordable vehicles.

About Didi Chuxing

Didi Chuxing (formerly Didi Kuaidi ), is a major ride-sharing , AI and autonomous technology conglomerate founded by Cheng Wei, providing transportation services for more than 450 million  users across over 400 cities in China. Its headquarters is located in Beijing. It provides services including taxi hailing, private car hailing, Hitch (social ride sharing), Didi Chauffer, Didi Bus, Didi Test Drive, Didi Minibus, Didi Luxe, Didi Car Rental,  Didi Enterprise Solutions, and bike sharing to users in China via smartphone application. Didi has over 7000 employess with 40 percent women.

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Uber sells it’s Chinese arm to the rival Didi Chuxing

After an intense battle for market share Uber China gave-in to the rival company Didi Chuxing

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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.

via: Bloomberg