Didi to invest $1 billion in one-stop car services business
New company Xiaoju Automobile Solutions is expected to help ride-hailing giant Didi keep partners and customers glued to its ecosystem of services.
Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing services provider, said on Monday it will invest USD 1 billion in its fledgling automotive solutions operation as part of a broader rebranding of the business ahead of the company’s anticipated public listing next year.
That business, which was launched in April, has been named Xiaoju Automobile Solutions, set up to provide Didi drivers and the larger car-owner community across mainland China with various services, including leasing and trading, refuelling, maintenance and repair, and car rentals, according to Didi.
Xiaoju Automobile Solutions, estimated by Didi to have an annualised gross merchandise volume exceeding 60 billion yuan (USD 8.8 billion), is currently available in 257 mainland cities, comprising a network of more than 7,500 partners and distributors.
The one-stop car services operation, which was incubated by Didi in 2015, was built on the ride-hailing giant’s experience serving the requirements of 30 million drivers on its platform, according to Kevin Chen, the newly appointed general manager of Xiaoju Automobile Solutions. Chen will report directly to Didi president Jean Liu Qing.
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