Engines and Pioneers: China's Auto Industry Heads Towards a New Decade
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Engines and Pioneers: China's Auto Industry Heads Towards a New Decade

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Engines and Pioneers: China's Auto Industry Heads Towards a New Decade

Automotive Author:Linyan Feng Nov 06, 2020 10:00 AM (GMT+8)

ContributorsBob Wang

EditorLuke Sheehan


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The worldwide pandemic of 2020 has accelerated the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and autonomous vehicles (AVs) with unprecedented speed. Governments, such as those of China, France, Italy, are using electric vehicle subsidies to stimulate the economy and build a more sustainable world. Original Equipment Manufacturers, like GM and Daimler, are taking the initiative and will take on higher AV- and EV-driven costs in the future. The game is on, and no one can risk missing the opportunity.


  • NIO, Li Auto and Xpeng are making sizable net losses, but equity investors valued them at USD 53.7 billion, USD 21.6 billion, USD 21.5 billion as of Nov 4, 2020, respectively
  • Legacy automakers have been suffering, though they still maintain a high market cap; its stocks were not delivering good returns
  • Tesla's market dominance makes incumbents join the game – otherwise, they have to witness customers purchase EVs instead of ICE cars
  • We are optimistic about China's New Energy Vehicle (NEV) market, driven by government support, improving infrastructure along with the rise of local Chinese brands
  • China's dominance in EVs is continuing. The market sold ~1.2 million EVs, representing 57% of global sales


  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Highlights
  • 3 2020 - The transformation year
  • 4 EV at the tipping point
  • 5 Case study: Li Auto
  • 6 Case study: BYD
  • 7 Autonomous car commercialization contest
  • 8 Chinese tech giants' mega-billion game
  • 9 Autonomous and electric systems
  • 10 Case study: Huayu

In this report

27 charts

showcasing the current situation of the whole auto industry including EV and independent auto-makers

45 companies

related to the auto industry are mentioned within this report, with two case studies of veteran automaker BYD and the Chinese EV upstart Li Auto

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