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Global Connected Car Market Report 2015

| April 2, 2015


Move Aside Apple and Google! Alibaba is Entering the Connected Car Space

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “Move Aside Apple and Google! Alibaba is Entering the Connected Car Space” report to their offering.

“Move Aside Apple and Google! Alibaba is Entering the Connected Car Space”

Alibaba’s first venture into the automotive industry was the typical spare parts and used car sales portals. Recently, though, as the strength of the new car market has waned, OEMs and Alibaba have realized the need to build a strong digital presence and provide consumers with a better experience and customized service.


Alibaba’s name conjures images of an Arabian night and a kind, smart person who helped people in his village prosper. The Alibaba of our world is opening doors (Open Sesame) to small- and medium-sized enterprises across the globe in a manner no one ever dreamed of. However, the Alibaba of the 21st century is now entering not only our homes and businesses, but also the third-most connected device in the world – our cars.

On Singles Day (After witnessing the euphoria in China this year, I think we should replace our Valentine’s Day or have an additional Single’s Day in the West.), November 11, close to car dealerships took part in the event and more than vehicle orders were placed through the B2C shopping platform BMW even launched a flagship store on, selling discount coupons for maintenance and other brand-related merchandise. Chinese automotive accessory dealer Tuhu sold more than tires during the Singles Day event; these are some serious numbers.

In addition, independent repair shops across cities partnered with Tuhu to deliver and install the tires on customer cars (although I have to say, I struggle to understand the relationship between Single’s Day and buying tires, other than the heavy discount). Recently, even Federal Mogul announced a flagship store on Tmall. GM, Volkswagen and now even Tesla have joined the group of OEMs selling through Alibaba’s B2C platform Tmall.

Companies Featured:

  • Tmall
  • GM
  • Volkswagen
  • Tesla
  • Apple
  • Google
  • Alibaba
  • BMW

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