Audi sues Chinese EV maker Nio over trademark rights

Audi’s lawsuit against Nio came right ahead of the Chinese EV brand’s planned entry in German market.

German luxury car major Audi has filed a lawsuit against Chinese electric car manufacturer Nio in a Munich court because of an alleged copyright infringement. Reportedly, the Volkswagen-owned luxury car giant claimed that Nio has violated an infringement of Audi’s trademark rights.

The lawsuit by Audi claims that Nio’s decision to christen two of its electric cars as ES6 and ES8 interferes the German car brand’s trademark for its own model designations S6 and S8, claims the report. Nio however, is silent on the matter.

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Chinese auto manufacturers have been accused many times by global auto majors of copying the design and features of popular global models. The latest lawsuit filed by Audi also comes in a similar line.

The move by Audi comes at a time when Nio made most of its sales in China and entered the Norwegian market in May 2021. Also, Nio plans to launch its cars in Germany soon along with other key European markets like Netherlands, Sweden, and Denmark before the end of this year. Nio has begun selling its ES8 model in Norway but claimed that it plans to launch the ET7 electric sedan in Germany.


The Tesla rival Chinese EV manufacturer introduced its ES7 SUV with an impressive 930 km range and vehicle-to-load capabilities. This luxury electric SUV is said to come based on a second generation high-efficiency e-drive platform with a SiC power module. It is capable of accelerating 0 100 kmph in just 3.9 seconds. The electric SUV is available in two different battery pack options – a 75 kWh pack and a 150 kWh battery. The smaller battery pack is capable of offering a 485 km range on a single charge.