The German automaker Audi hired Thibaut Dereymacker, NIO‘s Senior Interior Designer with over 10 years of experience in the automotive industry that was responsible for the ET7 and ES6 models’ interior design.
When working for NIO, the designer was responsible for “the development of ES6 details, speakers, vents, etc to production” and also “the lead on various research projects including ET7 (key sketch, initial theme, and part of the development”, Dereymacker says on LinkedIn.
Before joining the EV maker in January 2017, the Interior Designer had already worked for the German automaker where — for nearly 6 years — he developed concept cars and worked on the interior design for Audi’s Urban Concept, the Crosslane concept, and the Audi Q2 production.
On early Monday, Dereymacker wrote: “Time for new adventures! After over 5 years at NIO, it’s time to take on new challenges. I am incredibly proud of what we have accomplished together with the Nio team: growing the company to what it is today, shaping the brand and pushing the industry forward. I am especially thankful to my colleagues, without whom such an experience would not have been possible”.
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Now, it’s time to look at the future and I am proud to announce that I’m joining Audi. It is a very special moment as the brand has always been in my heart, and I’m thrilled to join such a team of talented designers and leaders in those exciting times for the industry! Thanks Marc Lichte, Norbert Weber and Uli Beierlein for their trust!,” he added.
Earlier this month, Audi filed a lawsuit in Munich against NIO for the decision of naming two of its models (ES6 and ES8) infringing its trademark for the S6 and S8, Handelsblatt initially reported.
On Friday, NIO announced that delivered a total of 12,961 units in June 2022, representing an increase of 60.3% when compared to the same period in 2021 with its cumulative deliveries reaching 217,897 as of June 30. The deliveries comprised 8,612 electric SUVs, including 1,684 ES8s, 5,100 ES6s, 1,828 EC6s, and 4,349 ET7s, the Company’s flagship premium smart electric sedan.
In 2021, NIO delivered 91,429 units reaching another consecutive year where it can double the vehicle sales. From 2019 to 2020, the EV maker increased its deliveries by 112.6% with 43,728 units delivered. For 2022, NIO‘s CEO said that the ~100% Deliveries growth Year-over-year “is expected to be maintained in 2022”.
Last week, JP Morgan analyst Nick Lai issued a note about NIO after the short seller report released by Grizzly Research. The analyst explained that this system used by NIO and Weineng is similar to the one used by OEMs when it comes to vehicle financing and that “every battery held by Wuhan Weineng has a corresponding underlying subscriber”.