China Watch : Roewe 750 goes hybrid
The Roewe 750 Hybrid was greeted with a fair degree of scepticism here in the UK when SAIC Motor first unveiled the car at the Beijng Auto Show back in 2007. How could a company that had only just managed to put the ex-Rover 75 into production already be considering introducing a petrol/electric hybrid? However, Roewe’s (and now MG’s) parent company knuckled down and developed the exciting new variation.
Three years on, and the car is ready for introduction at the Guangzhou Auto Show – and joins a rapidly expanding market sector ahead of much of its European opposition. SAIC Motor is working with corporate partner GM on the hybrid system, which is very closely related to the American giant’s own system supplied by American auto parts supplier Delphi. SAIC Motor’s intention is for the hybrid system to boost fuel consumption and emissions improvements by around 20 per cent.
Interestingly, the arrival of the 750 Hybrid also ushers in a light facelift for all MY11 Roewe 750s. The front end styling has been revised to incorporate daytime running lights in larger clusters which include the awkward wing cut-out that has been part of the car’s styling since the original 75. More details as they emerge.
[Source: China Car Times]