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Alibaba in the Automotive Market in China, 2017-2025

  • Report

  • 67 Pages
  • May 2018
  • Region: China
  • Frost & Sullivan
  • ID: 4555793

Cloud Computing and Ecosystem Leading a New Retail Concept Featuring Digital Entertainment

Alibaba is leading a new wave in the automotive market in China. It is enhancing its supply chain to a higher and concentrated vertical level, by interconnecting leading automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), small and medium enterprises (SMEs), distributors, retailers, and consumers from offline presence to online involvement.

More than 50 automotive OEMs have penetrated into Tmall’s official online flagship store since 2010. For instance, Tmall achieved a total of 150,000 units of new car sales within 24 hours on the Double 11 (11.11) Day in China in 2017. It achieved 50% year-on-year (YoY) growth rate during 2016-2017.

Alibaba’s key automotive products and services include new cars, used cars, automotive parts, and aftermarket services, such as car repair and maintenance. Alibaba’s revenue is generated from online store security deposit, software annual fee, and commission-based charge per purchase. Besides, Alibaba offers a one-stop service including car insurance, loans, and various payment solutions. There are 4 main eCommerce platforms involved in automotive market: Alibaba, Alibaba International, Tmall, and Taobao.

Alibaba is integrating online-to-offline (O2O) activities, from online parts purchasing to offline installation process. Besides, the Super Test Drive development of Tmall’s automotive vending machine is subverting the traditional automotive retail into a 24x7 fully automatic vehicle test drive through face recognition feature, which is leading a new retail concept with a digital entertainment element.

Alibaba’s ecosystem is stimulating high-synergy advancement through cloud computing, operating system, data management, artificial intelligence (AI), sales platform, digital entertainment, professional service providers, O2O, mobile browser, social network, location-based service, logistics, and financial payment solution. Going further, automotive OEMs are likely to deeply cooperate with Alibaba, especially in Big Data operation and Internet cars development. Internet cars is one of the new car sales motivators in short-to-long term in China.

Research Scope

The goal of this study is to evaluate the impact of Alibaba on the automotive market in China, focusing on new car, used car, and parts retail and repair and maintenance services. It analyzes the company’s potential impact on the growth and performance of the overall automotive retail market and the capabilities of advanced technologies such as AI and Big Data analytics. The study discusses the expected development of Alibaba in the automotive market until 2025.

Key Features

  • To provide an overview of Alibaba’s business models and eCommerce platforms
  • To discuss the development of Alibaba’s B2B and B2C platforms in the automotive context
  • To provide market insights on Alibaba’s current and future offerings in the automotive market
  • To present information about Alibaba’s potentialities that are critical to the eCommerce business across the repair and maintenance services, new cars, used cars, and parts retailing segments
  • To evaluate the eCommerce growth opportunities for stakeholders to grow in new car, used car, and parts sales, as well as insurance and repair and maintenance services in the Chinese automotive market

Key Issues Addressed

  • What are the eCommerce opportunities for Alibaba in the automotive business?
  • What are the key benefits offered to automotive market participants and consumers, and how do they impact the participants?
  • What are the main pricing and cost models, and what are the developments expected from Alibaba for the automotive market in long term?
  • What are the core offerings and exclusive value offerings of Alibaba provided to the automotive market and how do they influence the market?
  • How is the Alibaba’s online set-up in the new car, used car, and parts retail segments?

Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
  • Key Findings
  • Alibaba’s Top 5 Achievements in 2017
  • Alibaba’s Business Overview
  • Alibaba’s Services Snapshot
  • Global eCommerce Market Outlook
  • Alibaba’s eCommerce Outlook
  • Automotive Participants of Taobao and Tmall
  • Top 5 Automotive Trends in Alibaba
  • Alibaba’s Automotive Value Chain Overview

2. Research Scope, Objectives, and Methodology
  • Research Scope
  • Research Aims and Objectives
  • Key Questions this Study will Answer
  • Research Methodology
  • Research Background

3. Alibaba’s Unique Potential in the Automotive Market
  • Alibaba’s Potential in the Automotive Market
  • Benefits for Alibaba’s Sellers
  • Benefits for Alibaba’s Buyers
  • Alibaba’s Core Offerings to the Market
  • Alibaba as a Platform in the Automotive Market
  • Purchase Process of Alibaba on eRetailing
  • Exclusive Value Offerings by Alibaba
  • Impact of Alibaba on eRetailing
  • Cost Models Analysis

4. Alibaba’s Opportunity Analysis
  • Top 5 Automotive Trends in Alibaba
  • Alibaba Cloud and YunOS
  • Digital Marketing
  • New Retailing
  • Case Study - Automotive Vending Machine
  • Case Study - 3 Years of Strategic Cooperation Between Alibaba & Ford
  • Case Study - Major OEMs and Alibaba
  • Case Study - Major Parts Distributors and Alibaba
  • Case Study - Traditional Vs Alibaba Set-up in New Car Retail
  • Case Study - Traditional Vs Alibaba Set-up in Used Car Retail
  • Case Study - Traditional Vs Alibaba Set-up in Parts Retail

5. Growth Opportunities and Companies to Action
  • Growth Opportunity - Alibaba in the Automotive Market in China
  • Strategic Imperatives for Success and Growth

6. Conclusions and Future Outlook
  • Key Conclusions and Future Outlook
  • The Last Word - Three Big Predictions
  • Legal Disclaimer

7. Appendix

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • Alibaba Group
  • Ford