Autonomous driving in China: Shifting the car industry from products to services

Autonomous driving in China

The advent of autonomous driving in China has already provoked fundamental changes in the country’s automotive industry. For example, so-called robo-taxis are now commercially operating on Chinese streets in 2021. These vehicles drive fully autonomously, transporting passengers without human drivers. Autonomous vehicle (AV) sales in China are expected to exceed 33 million in 2040, approximately […]

The 9 most globally influential Chinese companies from Time’s 100 Most Influential Companies 2021 list

most influential Chinese companies

On April 28th 2021, Time Magazine selected 100 most influential companies, nine Chinese companies made the list. These are the nine most influential Chinese companies from Time’s list: Tencent, Alibaba, Huawei, Didi Chuxing, BYD, Yum China, DJI (Da-Jiang Innovations), TSMC (Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company) and TikTok. BYD – promoting “green” vehicles Source: BYD Electric cars in […]

What does the CAI mean for the European Automotive Industry?

EU-China investment deal impact on auto industry

After seven years of negotiations and serious concessions on both sides, the European Commission and the Chinese government finally reached an agreement on the European Union (EU)-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI). This investment deal serves to re-balance investment relations by allowing each party more access to each other’s market. As such, its successful implementation […]

Tesla in China: Dominating the EV market with 0 marketing budget

Tesla in China

Since its founding in 2003, Tesla’s vision was to manufacture mass-market electric vehicles (EVs) that offered a compelling customer value proposition. This includes a long range vehicle that possesses recharging flexibility, one that is energy efficient, low cost, and high performing without compromising design or functionality. This article details the unique marketing strategy of Tesla […]

XPENG: a Chinese EV maker’s “Internet DNA”

Xpeng or Xiaopeng Motors case study Chinese EV brand

XPENG, or Xiaopeng Motors, is one of the hottest Chinese electric vehicle manufacturers,  which gains its popularity from its technological innovations. After surges of Tesla and NIO stocks, two of the most discussed EV brands globally, XPENG’s stock’s exponential growth in November also caught investors and the general public’s attention. Compared to Tesla and NIO, […]

Lesser known ride hailing platforms in the ride hailing market in China cause tight competition

lesser known ride hailing platforms China market

The ride hailing market in China is increasingly competitive and price-driven. Although DiDi has long held the largest share, lesser known ride hailing platforms in China are emerging to challenge the company’s dominance. With Geely’s Caocao Chuxing (曹操出行), Tencent and Alibaba-backed T3 Chuxing (T3出行), JD.com-backed Dida Chuxing(嘀嗒出行)entering the local ride hailing market with lower prices, […]

China’s golden week 2020 reveals new economic trends

China's golden week 2020 tourism

According to the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, during China’s golden week, which this year was a combined National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival, the retail and restaurant industry reached 1.6 trillion RMB in sales. Compared to the last year’s golden week, the average daily sales grew 4.9%, despite the global impact of COVID-19. Since the COVID-19 […]

Mobility in China: Opportunities and challenges of when ride-hailing meets delivery

Meituan officially launched its own ride-hailing APP Meituan Dache (美团打车Meituan ride-hailing) for Shanghai and Nanjing’s markets. Meituan Dianping is a Chinese website and APP for food delivery services, consumer products and retail services. As a very typical representative of mobility in China, Meituan Dianping was originally called Meituan. After merging with Dazhong Dianping it changed […]

Automotive industry in China: How carmakers compete for first place

Electric cars in China

Auto industry in China. China has been the world’s largest automotive market for years. That is why carmakers around the world are fighting to sell their cars to Chinese consumers. However, in a market mainly dominated by Chinese brands (42%), what are the trends and growth drivers that international carmakers can follow? The automotive sector […]