Rumors have swirled recently about Huawei’s SERES SF5 “stopping production”. A large number of SERES stores’ logos have been replaced with “ATIO” logos, and the SERES SF5 has stopped reservations in various channels after the release of the AITO M5, the latest EV model released by Huawei.
A car owner said that he paid a deposit of 10,000 yuan ($1569) for a SERES SF5 on December 12, 2021. As a result, after selling his old car, he was told that he could not pick up the new vehicle nor get his deposit back. He had to return his old car and was asked for twice compensation by the second-hand car dealership.
In this regard, on Tuesday, a person close to Huawei said that the Huawei SERES SF5 did not stop production and sales, but only suspended its reservations due to short supply.
In partnership with SERES, a new energy vehicle brand owned by Chongqing Sokon, Huawei unveiled the SF5 at the 2021 Shanghai Auto Show. However, long before the cooperation with Huawei, the SERES SF5 was listed. After an agreement was reached, SERES adopted Huawei’s electric drive system, HiCar and other primary functions, and entered into Huawei’s sales channels.
The AITO M5 is the second car that Huawei has co-developed with Chongqing Sokon. On December 23, 2021, Huawei held a press conference which introduced several new products, including the Huawei P50 Pocket folding smartphone and the AITO M5. The AITO M5 is equipped with the the company’s proprietary DriveONE electrical system and the HarmonyOS Smart Console. The SUV can go from 0 to 100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds.
Under the support of its partnership with Huawei, Chongqing Sokon sold 6,150 new energy vehicles in December 2021, up 88.71% year-on-year. In 2021, its cumulative sales volume was 41,440 vehicles, up 104.39% year-on-year.