The companies are exploring the joint design and production of vehicles adapted for the purpose
Didi is in talks with the car manufacturer Nissan and its Chinese partner Dongfeng to form a joint venture for the management of hitch-hiking and car-sharing. According to Reuters, the companies are exploring the joint design and production of specially adapted vehicles, both gas and electric, for Didi’s business.
The Nissan unit operating in China should help Didi manage its fleets in several cities, while the Dongfeng Group will have to provide vehicles for the project.
Custom models include smaller engines and wheels, given their lower average speeds
To take advantage of the growing trend of car sharing, the Beijing-based company could expand towards auto design and production; this last piece could be exploited by joining car manufacturers. Custom models include smaller engines and wheels, given their lower average speeds.
Didi, on the other hand, has formed alliances with 31 car manufacturers and spare parts suppliers last year. Geely, SAIC, Dongfeng, Chang’an, FAW, Volkswagen China and Mercedez Benz have made forays into car-sharing or ride-ride up to now.
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