"Our efforts to build a pre-owned car business over the past two years have taught us a lot. We know the demand is there and will continue to grow rapidly. We understand customer behavior in this segment and we have become fully aware of the trend towards greater use of the internet to obtain information and conduct transactions. The proven quality of our technical services, relying on sophisticated equipment, our experience in providing financing,our loyal customer base, and our investment in a state-of-the-art dedicated center will provide a strong physical foundation for this platform."
"Sohu's strong track record in building online businesses, its established presence in the automobile online sector, its substantial user base, and its nationwide reach and recognized brand will ensure the technological success of the platform, attract an online audience of potential buyers and sellers, and gradually contribute to the scalability of this business."
Mr. Guo concluded: "With the market still in its very early stages and a solid partnership with Sohu Auto, we are confident in our ability to substantially expand our pre-owned car business and advance our overall strategy."
About Lentuo International Inc.
Lentuo is a leading non-state-owned automobile retailer headquartered in
. Lentuo operates 12 franchise dealerships, 10 automobile showrooms, one automobile repair shop and one car leasing company.
About Sohu Auto
Sohu Auto is a business unit of Sohu.com in (NASDAQ: SOHU),
premier online media brand. Sohu Auto operates two of the most influential websites dedicated to the Chinese auto market, auto.sohu.com, an online destination for automobile consumers and 2sc.sohu.com, an online information platform which can provide accurate pre-owned cars information for dealers and individuals.
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