Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi is “hot on the tail” of US rival Uber in Mexico, according to a new report, as competition in the sector heats up amid aggressive expansions into new markets.

In November and December Didi was the most popular travel app in Mexico’s Apple App Store, with Uber coming in second. Since then, the Chinese company has ranked second according to an analysis by research company ValueChampion. “Didi has been hot on [Uber’s] tail in Mexico just as Lyft has been in the US,” Duckju Kang, ValueChampion CEO said in the report. Didi launched its services in Mexico in April 2018.

Uber drew attention to the competition with Didi in its IPO prospectus, which it filed on April 11, saying that the Chinese company had “made significant investments to gain or maintain category position in certain markets in Latin America.”

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Chris Udemans

Christopher Udemans is a Shanghai-based technology reporter. He covers Chinese artificial intelligence, mobility, and cybersecurity. You can contact him at chrisudemans [at] technode [dot] com.