China's Bitauto unit raises $1 billion from internet giants Tencent, Baidu

REUTERS
Published Apr 20, 2017, 9:13 pm IST
Updated Apr 20, 2017, 9:14 pm IST
William Li, who is also chairman of electric vehicle startup Nio, did not elaborate on the fundraising
The investments in Bitauto unit Yixin Capital, the last round completed in August 2016, are aimed at growing its business in online automobile finance and related transactions.
 The investments in Bitauto unit Yixin Capital, the last round completed in August 2016, are aimed at growing its business in online automobile finance and related transactions.

Bitauto Holdings Ltd has raised around $1 billion from Tencent Holdings Ltd, Baidu Inc and JD.com Inc to date as it seeks to develop China's largest online car financing platform, its chief told Reuters on Thursday.

William Li, who is also chairman of electric vehicle startup Nio, did not elaborate on the fundraising.

The investments in Bitauto unit Yixin Capital, the last round completed in August 2016, are aimed at growing its business in online automobile finance and related transactions, a spokesman said.

Chinese traditionally avoid taking out loans to buy cars, although consultancy Deloitte expects that to change with 50 percent of cars to be bought on credit in China by 2020 as automakers aggressively push financing to increase sales.

In the United States, more than 80 percent of cars are bought on credit.

 




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