BYD Steps on the Gas

BYD Steps on the Gas

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  • BYD Co. unveiled its latest flagship, the Yangwang U9, a high-performance electric supercar priced at 1.68 million yuan ($233,450), directly challenging traditional gas-powered sports cars from competitors like Ferrari NV and Lamborghini. Initially targeting the Chinese market, the U9 boasts impressive specs, with acceleration from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour (62 mph) in just 2.36 seconds and a top speed of 309.19 km/h. Despite its reputation for affordable electric vehicles (EVs), BYD is expanding its luxury offerings under brands like Yangwang and Fang Cheng Bao.
  • As it gears up for a potential post-Lunar New Year price competition in China, BYD is banking on the demand for high-end EVs that promise better profit margins, reflecting its ambition to capture diverse segments of the automotive market. In a move to boost investor confidence, BYD Chairman Wang Chuanfu proposed doubling the company's buyback of its China-traded shares to 400 million yuan. This announcement coincided with a surge in BYD's Hong Kong-listed shares, signaling positive sentiment despite recent market concerns over EV demand.

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Additionally, BYD is strategically cutting prices and refreshing its lineup, targeting combustion engine competitors while expanding its global reach, as evidenced by the arrival of its first EV-carrying ship in Europe.


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