The ES6 is called the EL6 in Europe because of Audi's trademark lawsuit.

(NYSE: NIO) said yesterday that it would launch new "models" in Europe on June 15, but didn't specify which ones. Now the answer has been revealed.

"We are revealing our new Nio models, the ET5 Touring and the EL6, on 15.06.2023, 19:00 CEST in a global online launch event and you are invited!" the Chinese electric vehicle (EV) maker tweeted today.

The ET5 Touring will be Nio's first new model to be launched simultaneously in the global market, and its Chinese launch will start at 19:00 Beijing time (7:00 am US Eastern time) on June 15, a few hours before the European launch.

That European launch event starts at 1:00 pm US Eastern time on June 15, or 1:00 am Beijing time on June 16.

The EL6 is the SUV known in China as the ES6, which is using a new name in Europe because of the Audi lawsuit. Audi believes Nio's ES8 and ES6 infringe on its trademark rights for its S8 and S6 models.

Nio last held a launch event in Europe on October 8, 2022, when the company introduced the ET7, EL7 and ET5 to European consumers. The EL7 is the ES7 sold in China.

The company launched the new ES6 in China on May 24, and its deliveries began the night of the launch.

Earlier today, a message posted by Nio on its mobile app hinted that the ET5 Touring will be released for consumers in China, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Germany.

The ET5 Touring show car and vehicles for test drives have recently arrived at Nio stores, and test drives will be available on June 15, it said.

Nio began accepting pre-orders for the ET5 Touring in China today, although the model's specifications and price have not yet been announced. Its delivery will begin on June 16, Nio said.

The production team of British automotive media Top Gear will be involved in the ET5 Touring launch event, according to information shared by the Nio App today.

As of today, the ET5 Touring show cars are available at 248 Nio stores in 48 cities across China.

Nio's stores include the flagship Nio Houses as well as the smaller Nio Spaces, and as of May 30, they numbered 118 and 269 in China, respectively, according to data it released on June 1.

NIO to launch ET5 Touring on Jun 15, delivery in China to start next day

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