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China's Didi launches car-sharing app with 12 automakers

Platform for new energy vehicles to also offer finance and insurance services

BEIJING -- Chinese ride-hailing startup Didi Chuxing announced Wednesday a tie-up with major automakers from home and abroad to start a car-sharing app using new energy vehicles, including electric cars.

Didi said it has entered into an agreement with 12 automakers, including Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi and South Korea's Kia Motors. Apart from the two foreign players, 10 local companies --  BAIC BJEV, BYD, Changan Automobile Group, Chery Automobile Group, Dongfeng Passenger Vehicle, First Auto Works, Geely Auto, Hawtai Motor, JAC Motor, and Zotye Auto -- also joined the partnership.

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