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 which now seems to have definitively shelved the idea . Even Xiaomi was initially seduced by it, and then desisted from any kind of approach to the world of smart cars . It seems, however, that the Chinese giant has again changed its mind about it and yet there are conflicting speculations on the issue.
Update 30/03 : after reports and rumors about Xiaomi’s smart car, this time we have the official confirmation. Find all the details directly at the end of the article.
Lei Jun thinks about the future, with the first Xiaomi car
Although the news of these last 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 iFengNews reports, however, it seems that Lei Jun wants to personally lead this project in the future, perhaps by building an 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.
Xiaomi replies: no smart car projects have been approved yet
After the small jolt that had received the news that Xiaomi was definitively investing in the automotive sector , the company decided to officially respond to the eventuality.
In fact, Lei Jun’s brand has unfortunately denied that any project regarding a smart car has still been approved and that for the moment there is no talk of it. Not a rejection therefore, but not even a confirmation that can foresee a production in a short time (about 2-3 years). As the founder himself says: “ Wait and see “.
Good news arrives, but to be taken with a grain of salt
The push and pull that sees Xiaomi as protagonists and the project of an alleged 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 project manager is Lei Jun himself. Based on what was revealed by the alleged sources, Xiaomi would appear in the medium-high range of the automotive sector, with products that will benefit – obviously – 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 the project regarding Xiaomi’s smart car should actually start from this or 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 a registered trademark: here are the news
It has been since time immemorial that there has been talk of the possibility of seeing an electric car under the Xiaomi brand. The Chinese company denies it, yet there are increasingly insistent reports that see the brand in negotiations with major giants in the sector. In the past few hours, a novelty has appeared that could once again demonstrate the interest of Lei Jun’s company. Indeed Xiaomi Auto and Xiaomi Automobile have become two registered trademarks, a sign that the company is far from immobile in this sense.
In addition, new rumors report negotiations with Great Wall Motors for the development of the brand’s first electric vehicle, a detail that has caused the company’s shares to rise by 6%. Xiaomi could act as an “economic” alternative to Tesla, with an electric car with an enviable quality / price ratio (in the perfect style of the brand). Obviously, the registration of the brand does not mean that Xiaomi will launch a car closely but it is still a big step that could indicate what the intentions of the Chinese house are. However, we are always in the field of hypotheses and we are awaiting official confirmation!
Xiaomi Auto is reality: the electric vehicle of the brand will be made | Update 30/03
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 itself into the electric vehicle sector: no explicit mention is made of a car but all the clues and rumors 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 Mi MIX Fold ).
Given the rumors that have been chasing each other for months now, it is highly likely that it is the long-awaited 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.