Kaixin Auto Holdings Announces Completion of Morning Star Acquisition and Entry into New Energy Vehicles Manufacturing

August 22, 2023

BEIJING, Aug. 22, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kaixin Auto Holdings (“Kaixin” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: KXIN) today announced the closing of the acquisition of Morning Star Auto Inc. (“Morning Star”). Following the closing, Morning Star has become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kaixin, which represents the Company's official entry into the field of new energy vehicle manufacturing.

Mr. Mingjun Lin, chairman and CEO of Kaixin, said: "The Company has gone through a long journey in its transformation into the new energy vehicles business, and the successful completion of the Morning Star acquisition is an important milestone in the successful transformation of Kaixin!"

According to the latest statistics, China's automobile exports during the first half of 2023 increased by 75.7% year-on-year to 2.14 million vehicles, which is equivalent to nearly 70% of last year's total exports. China’s automobile exports have surpassed those of Japan and rank first in the world. In addition, the country's new energy vehicle exports increased by 160% year-on-year to 534,000 vehicles during the first half of 2023, 56% of which are mini-sized (A0 and A00 classes) new energy vehicles. Mini-sized new energy vehicles are the product categories that Kaixin sees huge growth potential and focuses on in its future endeavors.

About Kaixin Auto Holdings

Kaixin Auto Holdings is one of the primary dealership networks in the premium used car segment and new car sales in China. Supported by the rapid growth of China's used car market and leveraging its own hybrid business model that offers both strong online and offline presence, Kaixin is in the process of transforming from a nationwide dealerships network to one of the important players in China’s electric vehicle market.

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