BEIJING, March 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Bitauto Holdings Limited ("Bitauto" or the "Company") (NYSE: BITA), a leading provider of Internet content and marketing services for China’s fast-growing automotive industry, today announced the appointment of Mr. Jun Hou as an independent director to its board of directors ("the board"), effective March 5, 2015.

Mr. Jun Hou is currently chairman of Yanyuan Alumni (Beijing) Investment Management Limited, where he manages the Entrepreneur’s Training Camp of Peking University. Mr. Hou has extensive experience in China’s Telematics sector. He was the co-founder and served as the honorary chairman of the board of directors of Autonavi Holdings Limited, ("Autonavi"), from May 2013 to July 2014 and the chairman from April 2002 to May 2013. Mr. Hou also held the position of chief executive officer of Autonavi from April 2002 to October 2009. From June 1994 to April 2002, Mr. Hou served as the chairman of the board of directors and was actively involved in the operations of China Da Tong Industrial Co., Ltd. Prior to this, he worked at China Science and Technology International Trust and Investment Corporation from August 1990 to August 1993. Mr. Hou received a bachelor’s degree in Chinese from Peking University in China.

In addition, Mr. Sidney Xuande Huang, chief financial officer of, Inc. ("") and previously an independent director of Bitauto, remains on the board of directors of the Company as a director designated by Mr. Huang has ceased to be a member of the audit committee of the board in accordance with the Company’s strategic partnership with and Tencent, announced on January 9, 2015. Mr. Huang is succeeded by Mr. Erhai Liu as chairperson of the audit committee of the board, effective March 5, 2015.

The audit committee changes were made to meet the relevant New York Stock Exchange standards on audit committee composition, pursuant to which, the Company’s audit committee of the board of directors is now comprised of three members, Mr. Erhai Liu, Ms. Yu Long and Mr. Jun Hou, all of whom are independent directors.

Furthermore, the Company also announced that Mr. Weihai Qu resigned as director of the Company, effective March 5, 2015. Mr. Qu will continue to serve as a senior vice president of the Company and chief executive officer of CIG, Bitauto’s digital marketing solutions business.

William Bin Li, chairman and chief executive officer of Bitauto, commented, "I am delighted to welcome Mr. Jun Hou as our independent director and look forward to drawing on his rich experience in the industry to further strengthen our board of directors. Following the announcement of our strategic partnership with and Tencent earlier this year, we look forward to working with Sidney to develop our leading automotive e-commerce platform to provide enhanced online automotive transaction services to car buyers across China. Finally, I would like to sincerely thank Mr. Weihai Qu for his extensive and invaluable contributions over the last 10 years as our director.

About Bitauto Holdings Limited

Bitauto Holdings Limited (NYSE: BITA) is a leading provider of Internet content and marketing services for China’s fast-growing automotive industry. Bitauto manages its businesses in four segments: the advertising business, the EP platform business, the business, and the digital marketing solutions business. The Company’s advertising business offers automakers and dealers a variety of advertising services through its website, which provides consumers with up-to-date new automobile pricing and promotional information, specifications, reviews and consumer feedback. The Company’s EP platform business provides web-based integrated digital marketing and customer relationship management (CRM) applications to new automobile dealers in China. The platform enables dealer subscribers to create their own online showrooms, list pricing and promotional information, provide dealer contact information, place advertisements and manage customer relationships to help them effectively market their automobiles to consumers. The Company’s business provides listing services to used automobile dealers that enable them to display used automobile inventory information on the website and partner websites. The Company provides advertising services to used automobile dealers and automakers with certified pre-owned automobile programs on its website. The Company’s digital marketing solutions business provides automakers with one-stop digital marketing solutions, including website creation and maintenance, online public relations, online marketing campaigns and advertising agent services.

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