Xiaomi Fires Employees Who Leaked False Xiaomi Car Information

Xiaomi SU7 8 photos
Photo: MIIT
Xiaomi SU7Xiaomi SU7Xiaomi SU7Xiaomi SU7Xiaomi SU7Xiaomi SU7Xiaomi SU7
Xiaomi's first car is just around the corner, and as it happens with imminent product unveilings, leaks are almost unavoidable.
However, the Chinese tech giant has had enough of all the leaks in the automotive space lately and targeting its first-ever vehicle, so it decided to take action against those responsible.

First, the company says it fired three employees who previously spread false information about the upcoming Xiaomi Car. Xiaomi says the three employees, who were part of the teams working on the electric system and software components, stamping and casting, and quality groups, attended meetings without authorization and shared false tidbits about the car.

The three employees received what Xiaomi described as "consulting fees," though the company emphasized that all the data they provided to brokerage firms and investment groups was inaccurate.

Second, Xiaomi will take legal action against two Chinese media outlets that leaked videos showing the Xiaomi Car despite signing confidentiality agreements.

The latest information in the rumor mill suggests Xiaomi could announce the Xiaomi Car in the last week of the year, though the company has never confirmed the date. However, several people familiar with the matter said the vehicle is projected to reach the mass production stage in the first half of 2024, with the company aiming to build 100,000 vehicles in the first year alone. The output will double in 2025 when Xiaomi could also announce a second model.

China's MIIT previously disclosed essential information about Xiaomi's first car, including images that reveal a Porsche Taycan and Tesla Model S-inspired look. Called SU7, Xiaomi's first-ever vehicle could land as a sedan with a range of approximately 800 kilometers per charge, though the company is also exploring a performance-oriented version with different specifications.

Xiaomi is the first tech giant to launch a vehicle built from scratch. Apple is the next big name to follow in its footsteps, though compared to Xiaomi, Apple needs more time to complete the vehicle development. The latest information coming through unofficial channels indicates that the Apple Car could land in 2026, at the earliest, though the iPhone maker is reportedly tempted to push the unveiling towards the end of the decade due to the development struggles.

Apple has reportedly dropped some of the most ambitious systems, sticking with a more traditional approach for its first-ever vehicles. The car was originally supposed to be a self-driving model with a cabin doubling as a living room on wheels and a productivity workspace. However, Apple's latest plans include a more conventional cabin with a steering wheel, pedals, and everything else you can find in a car today, as the company believes a more revolutionary approach wouldn't be possible this decade.

Apple has never commented on the Apple Car, so all information surfaced through unconfirmed channels.
If you liked the article, please follow us:  Google News icon Google News Youtube Instagram
About the author: Bogdan Popa
Bogdan Popa profile photo

Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
Full profile


Would you like AUTOEVOLUTION to send you notifications?

You will only receive our top stories