Some large manufacturers in recent years have been attracted to a particular market, namely the automotive one. From the Cupertino house, which more than once seems to have thought of a project of this type, up to Huawei that now seems to have definitively put the idea aside. For Xiaomi however, things are different: the Chinese company officially confirmed the arrival of its smart electric car during an event held in March 2021.
Upgrade 19 / 10: after presenting its official business, Xiaomi finally reveals when its first electric car will arrive on the market. Find all the news directly at the end of the article.
Lei Jun thinks about the future, with the first Xiaomi car
Although the news of the last few hours is quite exciting, it is necessary to calm the minds for a moment. At the moment, in fact, there is no certainty of this news. In the sense that, after all, we have no official confirmation about the design of a car in the Xiaomi house. From the latest reports iFengNews, however, it seems that Lei Jun would like to personally lead this project in the future, perhaps creating a electric vehicle.
Already in 2013 there was a fruitful meeting between the CEO of Xiaomi and Elon Musk, the patron of Tesla. Here was born a strong interest on the part of Lei Jun in the automotive world, especially in the prospect of one day making an electric car. If he ever ventures into such a project, then, it would be an absolute surprise for the market and for the brand's ambitions.
Good news arrives, but to be taken with a grain of salt
The push and pull that sees protagonists Xiaomi and the project of an alleged one smart car continues unabated. This time comes yet another report that arises in a more positive way than what was seen with the statements of Xiaomi dating back to the month of February. Although Lei Jun has denied a project related to this sector, the Chinese media continue to insist.
The new report cites sources close to the CEO of the Chinese company (even some investors would speak of it) who would have confirmed the presence of work in progress to create a smart car. That's not all because it even seems that the responsible of the project is the same Lei Jun. Based on what was revealed by the alleged sources, Xiaomi would look out to the medium-high band of the automotive sector, with products that will benefit - of course - from the company's tech package.
The rumors continue with an alleged meeting between Lei Jun and the founder of NIO (the Chinese Tesla); then there would be various partnerships with local auto manufacturers, with names of the caliber of BYD. To conclude, the report reports that Xiaomi's smart car project should actually start from this or from next month. Will it really be so? What has been read so far is the result of leaks and rumors, so it must be taken with due precautions until an official confirmation from Xiaomi (if it ever comes).
Xiaomi Auto is reality: the electric vehicle of the brand will be made | Official
Through the official social channels Xiaomi announces the beginning of a new journey for the Chinese brand, this time grappling with its first electric car. According to what is read in the official statement, Lei Jun's house will launch into the sector of electric vehicles: no explicit mention is made of a car but all the clues and indiscretions collected so far point in this direction. Obviously there is always the benefit of the doubt and the company could refer to e scooters or electric bikes (even if we exclude it). To find out more we will have to wait for today's event, the second apparently of the mega live dedicated to the new Xiaomi products (including also My MIX Fold).
Given the rumors that have been running for months now, it is highly probable that this is the long-awaited one Xiaomi Auto, also given the size of the investment (we are talking about 10 billion dollars in the next 10 years) and the CEO and founder Lei Jun as responsible. Not only that, it seems that the vehicles will also be dedicated to the Global market: in short, it would therefore be a very serious plan to enter this particular sector.
Lei Jun confirms new details on Xiaomi's first electric car, also regarding the price | Update 07/04
The mega event in March didn't just bring top smartphones like My 11 Ultra and "alternative" models such as My MIX Fold, but also the official confirmation of the future of Xiaomi and its electric car smart. However, the news does not end there, thanks to a series of posts by Lei Jun: the executive has revealed some details that could make us understand the path taken by the company. First the CEO launched a survey on the Weibo social network, in which it asks users for suggestions on the name of Xiaomi's first electric vehicle.
As for the release period, we should have something concrete within the next 3 years, as predicted by previous rumors. In addition, other important details emerged from the various question and answer between Lei Jun and the fans: first of all, Xiaomi's car will be a a SUV or a berlina (practically in the style of Testla Model X or Y), as pointed out by the CEO himself. This clarification arose from the fact that various Mi Fans would have wanted a sports model and therefore the manager wanted to make things clear right away.
Furthermore, the price has not yet been defined but the company aims at the medium-high range, with a figure of around 100.000 and 300.000 yuan, or between € 13.000 and € 37.000 at the current exchange rate. Let's say that the gap is quite large but at least we have an idea of the price range in the aims of the Chinese house.
Xiaomi Auto, Automobile or Mi Car, what will the name be? | Update 15/04
Following the aforementioned survey done by Lei Jun on what the cars should be called Xiaomi, it is clear that we need to clarify the name of what we now simply define "Xiaomi Auto". It must be said that even this appellation is not at all accidental, given that the brand registered the brand as it is before it even officially entered the automotive sector, together with the name "Xiaomi Automobile". It initially seemed like a precautionary move, but then it became the concrete news we all know.
But it seems that the registered trademarks, which therefore feed the "full-name" for Xiaomi's car, are not finished at all. In fact, it is required of these hours of the brand "We Car", Or better than" Mi Che "(米 车), for 12 transport vehicles. The brand is then also combined with a sort of logo that would actually look good on a car at all Xiaomi, recorded a few years ago. Furthermore, it could also be consistent because it would effectively be like any Consumer product of the brand as a can be My 11. Obviously, these are assumptions based on these facts, so the question of "name" must always be taken with a grain of salt.
That's why Xiaomi made the cars official 3 years earlier | Update 23/04
In recent weeks there has been continuous talk of cars on Chinese soil, from Huawei increasingly Queen of car software to Xiaomi and its official plans. And the latter have been subject to debate among experts and users, wondering why if production will start no earlier than 3 years, such important announcements have been made.
To try to give an answer was Wang Xiang, President of Xiaomi Group, declaring that this policy initiated by Lei Jun is essential to obtain supplies in time for resources globally but above all for it Develop of the aforementioned car. And the founder of the brand himself certainly has no shortage of "friends" with whom to create high-level automotive solutions. So the rule "prevention is better than cure" can only be good for Xiaomi.
Xiaomi aims high: near the arrival of the Chief Operating Officer of Ford China and NIU? | Update 08/05
The "scouting" for the Xiaomi automotive division begins. In fact, according to the latest industry rumors, it seems that Zhu Jiang, former NIU and currently resigned COO of Ford of China, as well as project manager for the Mustang electric, it would be in talks with Xiaomi, but not only.
For the local sector, a prominent figure like Zhu would be ideal for starting a business as profitable as he aspires Xiaomi, which is no stranger to recruiting elements of a certain name from other giants. Zhu Jiang in the past he held important roles in both BMW, both in MINI, both in Lexus but also for the division Amazon Kindle. It will be necessary to understand the developments, but Lei Jun immediately aims to start well.
The team expands | Update 15/06
It will take years before we see the launch of the first Xiaomi electric car, but the project is continuing to take shape. As already suggested by rumors about the former Ford executive, new rumors arrive from China regarding theteam expansion in charge. The company would have opened several positions to recruit employees in various work sectors. Among these we find assumptions for the development of high precision maps, simulation software, creation of millimeter algorithms and more. All recruitments that will take place at the Haidian headquarters in Beijing.
We also discover that Xiaomi would have asked to collaborate with Great Wall Motor, the largest car manufacturer in China. But the latter would not have accepted, therefore Xiaomi would be preparing to do everything independently.
Xiaomi and SAIC together? | Update 12/07
Meanwhile Xiaomi prepares his team for the realization of the car project, CEO Lei Jun has been spotted in the offices of various car manufacturers. After BYD, Great Wall and Wuling, the owner Xiaomi was "paparazzi" inside SAIC Motor (Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation). Part of the "Big 4" of the Chinese industry together with Changan Automobile, FAW Group and Dongfend Motor Corporation, it is based in Shanghai and is one of the stages of the path that the founder of Xiaomi is taking.
As stated by Lei Jun himself, in the last 3 months he has carried out 85 such visits, thus being able to dialogue with over 200 veterans of the sector, participating in meetings and obtaining useful information for the aforementioned project. In the case of SAIC, we are talking about a company that is achieving strong success in the world of EV cars, as shown by the sales of the Hong Guang Mini EV. Made in collaboration with General Motors, it costs just $ 4.500 and it's no surprise that it has surpassed the giant Tesla in sales.
Xiaomi focuses on self-driving technology | Update 02/08
News arrives for Xiaomi Auto, directly from Lei Jun's official profile: the Chinese company is looking for 500 experts in the field of autonomous driving, destined - obviously - for the automotive division of the brand. The poster dedicated to the recruitment campaign is outspoken: Xiaomi intends to create its own self-driving technology, which will debut aboard its smart cars.
Unfortunately there are no other details and it is still very hazy. However, it is clear that Xiaomi's commitment to this new adventure is certainly not slight: with this novelty, Lei Jun's house aims high and tries to enter a very particular and discussed sector. Incidentally, just recently Huawei has kicked off its plans for a proprietary self-driving system.
Meanwhile, as proof of Xiaomi's seriousness, there are also news on the investment front in the automotive sector. To be precise, Lei Jun's house participated in an investment session dedicated to Geometrical Pal, a Shanghai-based company specializing in the development of radar imaging, sensors and ADAS technology. In short, it is a reality that deals with autonomous driving and this first round of investments (in addition to Xiaomi we also find names of the caliber of Baidu) will serve to accelerate the mass production of a new generation of integrated software / hardware systems. As the news about Xiaomi Auto increases we are more and more curious about what will be the future of this new adventure of the Chinese company!
Xiaomi acquires a car company? | Update 19/08
Rumors continue on the future of the Xiaomi Auto project, whose evolution could pass through the acquisition of another company. Sources close to the affair speak of how the Chinese real estate group Evergrande it would be negotiating with Xiaomi for the sale of its electric car division. This would be the New Energy Vehicle group, whose sale would serve Evergrande to reduce the accumulated debt and obviously Xiaomi to acquire useful assets. Especially theacquisition of electric vehicle production facilities, an essential element to be able to carry on this Xiaomi project. NEV's three manufacturing bases are located in the Guangzhou, Shanghai and Tianjin areas.
Xiaomi acquires Deepmotion | Update 26/08
Xiaomi's investment plan in the automotive sector continues, now with theacquisition for 77,4 million dollars of the startup Deepmotion. The company is engaged in the development of driver assistance software, necessary for the development of an autonomous driving system. Here is what President Wang Xiang confirmed: "Through this acquisition, we hope to reduce the time to market for our product. We want to accelerate our research and development on autonomous driving".
The news of the acquisition comes following the publication of the financial results for Q2 2021. Xiaomi's turnover reached 11,5 billion euros, with a profit of 825 million euros, i.e. an increase of + 64% and + 87,4% compared to Q2 2020.
Xiaomi EV starts the era of electric cars of the brand | Update 02/09
Although Xiaomi has announced many news in recent months regarding the construction of its cars, it had not yet announced a business or in any case a company that dealt with it directly. Well, it seems that now he is in it for all intents and purposes. In fact, it was born Xiaomi EV, which, however, has not yet defined whether it will actually be the manufacturer of a full electric car or whether it will concern components for electric cars. The investment made for this initiative was approximately 1.3 billion EUR (10 billion yuan). In short, from now on we will have to expect news directly from this new company, to which it seems Lei Jun is in charge anyway.
Is the agreement between Xiaomi and FAW born? | Update 13/09
As the Chinese media let us know, the president Xiaomi went to visit the headquarters of FAW Group. After SAIC Motor, Lei Jun's evaluation plan for the various Chinese car manufacturers is continuing. For those unfamiliar with it, FAW stands for First Automobile Works and is the first automotive company in the history of China. In its production there are not only cars, but also buses, trucks and various components, as well as various brands such as Hongqi and joint ventures with Toyota, Volkswagen and General Motors.
The meeting took place between Lei Jun and the main officials of FAW and the government of the province of Jilin (where the company is based). As stated by the secretary of the Provincial Committee, "Xiaomi has a strong R&D and manufacturing capability in the consumer electronics sectors. Jilin has a good industrial base, strong scientific research force and sufficient talent pool. Therefore, the cooperation between the two sides in the fields of automotive manufacturing has broad prospects". All that remains is to understand which brand will participate in the construction of Xiaomi's first electric car.
When does Xiaomi's first electric car arrive? | Update 19/10
The first details regarding theauto power di Xiaomi they will certainly arrive next year, but for the debut on the market we will have to wait even longer. Through an official event, Lei Jun has finally raised the curtain on the release period of the very first car of the Chinese brand and no, this is not a short-term project (even if it could have been much worse). Mass production of Xiaomi's electric car will officially begin (barring subsequent changes) during the first half of the 2024: this means that for the actual marketing it will be necessary to wait for the end of year. Or, if we want to be slightly more pessimistic, the arrival on the Chinese market could be postponed early months of 2025.
The first dedicated assembly factory will be located in Yizhuang (Beijing), suggesting that at least initially the car will be reserved for China. For now, however, we do not know if and when this novelty will leave Xiaomi's homeland to become international.⭐️ Follow and support GizChina su Google News : click on the star to insert us in the favoritesi .