Latecomer Meituan Makes Foray into Online Car-Hailing Market

By Liu Xiaojing and April Ma

(Beijing) — China’s largest group-sales website, Meituan-Dianping, has discreetly rolled out an online car-hailing service — a bid by the latecomer to seize new opportunities in a market recently streamlined by stringent regulations.

Meituan, best known as an online directory and deals platform for restaurants and local services, began testing the water in Nanjing on Tuesday with an online ride-booking service embedded within its app.

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