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  • Article / 06 November 2015 at 4:15 GMT

    Prestige rules the road, but used cars are gaining traction

    China Watcher / Shanghai
    China
    Prestige rules the road, but used cars are gaining traction
    Used car platform Autohome reported third quarter earnings last night that spooked investors. Despite beating consensus for both revenues and earnings, the firm issued fourth quarter revenue guidance below expectations. But the problems in the car industry aren't a result of the Chinese economy.
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  • Article / 10 April 2015 at 4:12 GMT

    China’s tech titans target the auto market

    China Watcher / Shanghai
    China
    China’s tech titans target the auto market
    As tech firms expand their O2O strategies, a major targeted area is the automobile market. Data collection is key for such firms, and while they can collect data through smartphones and PCs, the next stage will be from the home and the car. There are three key entry points in the auto industry: taxi hailing; second-hand car ecommerce; and internet-connected and autonomous car development.
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  • Article / 01 April 2015 at 3:56 GMT

    Five Chinese startups every investor should know

    China Watcher / Shanghai
    China
    Five Chinese startups every investor should know
    China’s startup industry is booming on the back of heavy financial backing from domestic and overseas investors. However, as with most Chinese firms, startups are predominantly domestically focused, and as such can be difficult for overseas investors to understand. This report introduces five Chinese startups that every investor should know, and which give a great insight into technology and consumer trends in China.
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  • Trade view / 15 January 2015 at 0:46 GMT
    Strategic trade

    JD.com flourishes with Tencent partnership

    China Watcher / Shanghai
    China
    JD.com’s partnership with tech behemoth Tencent has seen both firms benefit, as JD’s retail platform has been leveraged on Tencent’s huge social network platforms. Their continued cooperation has seen the two firms combine to develop their Taobao rival, Paipai, as well as investing in second-hand car retail platform BitAuto.
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  • Article / 09 January 2015 at 6:09 GMT

    Change of gear for China’s car sales as stricter regulations imposed

    China Watcher / Shanghai
    China
    As local governments impose stricter regulations on car purchases in big cities in order to reduce traffic and hence pollution, China’s car purchases will see a structural shift towards electric vehicles, as they are exempt from the strict licensing laws. However, second-hand car platforms will have to adjust their business model as I expect demand from the larger cities will decrease.
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    Neil_Flynn Neil_Flynn
    Although i've never cycled in Beijing, i have been stuck in endless traffic jams enough times to know that i'd probably risk my life on a bike...
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    Martin O'Rourke Martin O'Rourke
    That seems like a good move especially given the horrendous traffic jams in China. Maybe not so good for the pedestrians though!
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    amanda amanda
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