Chinese ride-share company Didi Chuxing is preparing to launch in Mexico

In December, word broke that Chinese ride-share service Didi Chuxing would be launching its first overseas expansion in Mexico. According to Reuters (via Engadget), the company has launched a website to recruit drivers and passengers in the city of Toluca, and the app will reportedly go live later this month.

A Didi Chuxing spokesperson wouldn’t comment to Reuters on the timeline for the app’s launch, but said that its operations will begin “very soon.” The company has also released a pair of advertisements touting the service in Toluca, which invite drivers to apply for the service. To help entice drivers to sign up, Didi says it won’t take a service charge through June 17th, 2018. After that point, the company will charge a 20 percent service rate.

Didi’s arrival in the US could spell a challenge its much larger rival Uber. Apple invested $1 billion in the company in May 2016 (a month later, it raised an additional $7 billion), before buying Uber’s Chinese unit for $35 billion, shutting the company out of the country. There have been other signs that Didi has been eyeing the international market: it made its app available in English for the first time in 2017, and earlier this year, it bought a controlling stake in 99, a major ride-share app in Brazil. Uber has faced its own massive challenges in the last year, allowing its major domestic rival Lyft to outpace it in growth in the fourth quarter of 2017, which could be an opportunity for the Chinese company.

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"before buying Uber’s Chinese unit for $35 billion"

Wasn’t it a merger that valued the joint company at $35bilion? My memory is that Didi paid Uber $7b, and invested $1b into Uber in exchange Uber got ownership into Didi.

Uber has a much larger shareholding in Didi than apple does.

No spank you! You are already depleting the worlds resources including ours. We don’t need you here in Mexico.

Doesn’t Uber China own 20% of Didi? Even if Didi is successful in North America, Uber still makes money.

Uber only owned half of Uber China so they own 10% of Didi. I’m pretty sure they’d rather make 100% of the money than 10% though.

I remember being in China in a smaller city that only had Didi and as an American there was no way to pay since neither Uber nor Lyft was supported. Lyft had just signed a deal with Didi to have cross national payments between the two, but then Didi went and bought Uber instead so the deal fell through. So Uber never ended up launching in the smaller city I was in (they were planning on launching the next month as well). For international travelers the fact that Didi locked out everyone in China is a real negative.

that only had Didi and as an American there was no way to pay

It’d still be possible to still flag a regular cab via didi and pay in cash, online payment through alipay or weixin is mandatory only when travelling on private driver’s vehicles

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