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Xiaomi plans to open 20,000 more offline shops in China in three years

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi plans to open 20,000 more offline shops throughout China in the next three years, expanding its presence in lower-tier cities and towns, according to Lu Weibin, Xiaomi’s partner and vice president. Lu said new Xiaomi stores will be bigger and may sell Xiaomi’s electric vehicles (EVs) in the future. The company announced an EV subsidiary in March. [China Securities Journal, in Chinese]

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Xiaomi EV expects to begin mass production in the first half of 2024: Lei Jun

Xiaomi is targeting the first half of 2024 to mass produce its first electric vehicle, CEO Lei Jun reportedly said on Tuesday at its annual investor meeting. The company announced an electric vehicle subsidiary in March. Lei said the project is progressing ahead of schedule. Xiaomi shares rose more than 4.68% to HK$22.35 in Tuesday’s morning session. [The Paper, in Chinese]

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Auto chipmaker Black Sesame gets funding from Xiaomi

Black Sesame Technologies, a Chinese autonomous driving chip startup, has raised an undisclosed amount in two funding rounds led by an investment firm from Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi. Hubei Xiaomi Changjiang Industrial Investment Fund led the investment, in which Lenovo Capital and Incubator Group, and automaker FAW participated. The company said it is valued at $2 billion. [Black Sesame statement, in Chinese]

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Xiaomi talks to FAW Group about potential auto partnership

Xiaomi is discussing a potential partnership with state-owned automaker FAW Group, according to a Sept. 11 statement from the Jilin provincial government. The Chinese smartphone giant recently launched an electric vehicle subsidiary. Xiaomi had reportedly talked about a partnership with at least two other automakers, including Great Wall Motor and JAC. But both those automakers denied the reports. [Jilin provincial government statement, in Chinese]

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Xiaomi funds another self-driving startup

Self-driving startup Geometrical Pal raised RMB 400 million ($62 million) in pre-Series A funding from backers including Matrix Partners China and Hubei Xiaomi Changjiang Industrial Investment Fund, an investment firm formed by the namesake smartphone maker, Chinese media reported Monday. This comes just two months after Xiaomi led a $190 million Series D for driver assistance system developer Zongmu, as the consumer electronics giant moves forward with driverless car technology. [36Kr, in Chinese]