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Xiaomi CEO says firm to mass produce its own cars in H1 2024 -spokesperson

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SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Xiaomi Corp Chief Executive Lei Jun said the Chinese smartphone maker will mass produce its own cars in the first half of 2024, a company spokesperson said on Tuesday. 

  The comments, which were made at a investor event, were first reported by local media and later confirmed by the company. 

  Zang Ziyuan, a director in Xiaomi's international marketing department, also posted the news on his verified Weibo account. 

  The date marks the next major target for the company's fledgling electric vehicle (EV) division, which Xiaomi formally announced earlier this year. 

  Xiaomi shares jumped 5.4% to HK$22.50, the biggest daily percentage rise since May 12, extending gains for the third straight session. 

  In March, Xiaomi said it would commit to investing $10 billion in a new electric car division over the next ten years. The company completed the business registration of its EV unit in late August. [L4N2Q310P]. 

  The company has ramped up hiring for the unit, though it has yet to reveal if it will produce the car independently or via partnership with an existing carmaker. 

  (Reporting by Josh Horwitz and Yilei Sun; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Ana Nicolaci da Costa)