Date
12 December 2018
Germany's BMW is the first global automaker to obtain a ride-hailing license in China. Photo: AFP
Germany's BMW is the first global automaker to obtain a ride-hailing license in China. Photo: AFP

BMW to offer ride hailing services in China from December

Germany’s BMW plans to launch ride-hailing services in China in December, the first global automaker to obtain such a license in the fast-growing market, Reuters reports.

BMW Mobility Service Ltd., a fully-owned subsidiary of the BMW Group, obtained its ride-hailing license in Chengdu, the capital of southwestern China’s Sichuan province, BMW said.

BMW Group said in October it would increase its stake in its Chinese joint venture with partner Brilliance China Automotive Holdings to 75 percent from 50 percent.

China’s ride-hailing market is worth US$23 billion, more than all other ride-hailing markets combined, with China’s Didi Chuxing dominating with 90 percent of all bookings, consulting firm Bain & Co said.

Germany’s Daimler said in October it was setting up a ride-hailing venture in China with Geely Group, in a sign the Chinese firm was making progress in its drive for closer relations with the maker of Mercedes-Benz cars.

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