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European Automakers Forge Partnerships In China To Drive EV Dominance

Volkswagen teams up with XPeng while Audi plans collaboration with SAIC to capture China's booming electric vehicle market

In a bid to seize a bigger slice of the world’s largest auto market, European automakers are shifting gears and teaming up with Chinese counterparts to drive innovation and electric vehicle (EV) dominance. 

“What Happened: On Wednesday, German automaker Volkswagen AG (OTC: VWAGY)announced a partnership with Chinese EV startup XPeng (NYSE:XPEV) while Audi, its premium subsidiary, plans to join forces with SAIC,” said Benzinga.

Volkswagen’s latest move comes as it grapples with a waning foothold in China, losing ground to both local EV manufacturers and Tesla. The company reported soaring delivery growth across all regions except China in the first half of this year, pushing it to revamp its strategy and ignite fresh alliances.

Tie-Ups On Rise: These partnerships are hardly groundbreaking in the ever-evolving automotive landscape. Companies like Swedish Volvo and British sportscar manufacturer Lotus Cars are already backed by China’s Geely Automobile. 

Similarly, Daimler has a partnership with Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC), while BMW has a joint venture named BMW Brilliance Automotive with Brilliance Group.

Volkswagen is no stranger to joint ventures either. SAIC Volkswagen, FAW Volkswagen, and JAV Volkswagen are joint ventures with companies in China. But the quest for supremacy in the Chinese market is far from over.

A GAC Aion V electric SUV is on display during 2020 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition (Auto China 2020) at China International Exhibition Center on September 26, 2020, in Beijing, China. With electric vehicles steering the future of the automotive industry, traditional combustion-engine models are facing a slow and steady decline. VCG/VCG VIA GETTY IMAGES.

Amid market speculations about a potential Mercedes partnership, electric vehicle manufacturer Nio Inc (NYSE:NIO) experienced a surge in its stock price.

Rumors of a potential Nio-Mercedes partnership have been swirling for months, fueled by an image of Mercedes CEO Ola Källenius meeting with Nio’s founder and CEO William Li at a Nio House. The exact details of their discussion remain unclear, leaving many curious about a potential collaboration. 

“Why It Matters: The motive behind these collaborations is clear — capitalize on China’s colossal market potential and leverage the nation’s cutting-edge design, engineering, and manufacturing capabilities,”said Benzinga.

With EVs steering the future of the automotive industry, traditional combustion-engine models are facing a slow and steady decline. As the world’s biggest auto market, China’s allure is undeniable, attracting European giants looking to supercharge their expansion.

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Produced in association with Benzinga

Edited by Priscilla Jepchumba and Judy J. Rotich

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