SAIC Motor Corp. plans a new round of fundraising

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SAIC Motor Corp. is planning a fresh round of fundraising for its mobility service platform Xiangdao Chuxing, according to people familiar with the matter, as it seeks to stay competitive amid shifts in the automotive industry.

China’s largest carmaker, which counts Volkswagen AG and General Motors as partners, aims to raise as much as $157 million, one of the people said. The plan isn’t finalized, but SAIC could announce it as soon as this month, the people said, asking not to be identified because the details aren’t public.

Founded in 2018, Xiangdao offers ride-hailing and car-rental services. The company said it had 26 million registered customers last year and more than 2,200 corporate clients. Xiangdao’s backers include Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. and Chinese electric-vehicle battery giant Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. Ltd., which both contributed to a $47 million fundraising round last year.

A representative for SAIC declined to comment.

The new fundraising plan comes as Chinese ride-hailing market leader Didi Global Inc. faces pressure from the government after it went through with a $4.4 billion listing in the U.S. in June despite pushback from Beijing. It has been told to devise a plan to delist, Bloomberg reported in November.

Other automakers including Zhejiang Geely Holding Group Co. and China FAW Group Co. are also venturing into mobility services in China, a market estimated to be worth about $35 billion in 2020, according to the State Information Center.

Geely’s Cao Cao Mobility division raised almost $600 million in September and has been in talks with investors for another funding round next year, according to Gong Xin, the unit’s chief executive officer.

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