China's Didi Chuxing launches its ride-hailing service in Mexico

Galtero Lara
Abril 24, 2018

Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing (Didi) has officially opened for business in Mexico, one of Uber's biggest strongholds globally.

News emerged earlier this year that Didi was working toward a Mexico launch, its first real own-brand launch outside of China.

Didi Express has launched in the capital city of the State of Mexico, an urban hub about 40 miles (60 km) west of Mexico City, adding a number of new safety features for drivers and riders.

In Mexico, Didi will go up against Uber, its chief worldwide rival, for the first time since Uber's launch in China that ended with a merger of the two companies' operations in 2016.

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Didi, which has an operations hub in the Juarez neighbourhood in Mexico City, said it hopes to bring its ride-hailing service to other major Mexican cities later this year.

Driver recruitment in Toluca started in early April.

Mexico is now one of Uber's most profitable markets. After mid-June, Didi plans to take a 20 percent cut, below Uber's 25 percent commission, Reuters previously reported.

"The market is way from saturated, and we are glad to see the local market is not only very welcome to more services but they also understand how beneficial competition in the region is for the final user", a Didi spokesperson told TechCrunch.

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