• Jan 24, 2009
After investing a few hundred million dollars into alternative powertrain research, China's Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) says that it's finally ready to produce its first hybrid car. Nothing too fancy, just a mild hybrid with an electric motor that isn't capable of powering the vehicle without the assistance of the gas-powered engine. The battery pack, at least, is a suitably high-tech lithium ion unit that will be supplied by Johnson Controls, which has a joint venture with battery-maker SAFT to produce automotive packs. SAIC expects a fuel savings of about 20%. The platform for SAIC's first hybrid will be the old Rover 75, which was renamed the Roewe 750 after being bought out by its Chinese owners. Assuming all goes to plan with this first hybrid step, SAIC plans to branch further into the alternative propulsion world with an all-electric model.

[Source: Automotive News – subs. req'd]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Anyway, notwithstanding the anti-Chinese ignoramuses here, I'm hoping SAIC will at least update the car with the introduction of a hybrid unit. After all, the current nose job is now almost six years old, the entire car is eleven years old, and the article does state that only the platform will be used, which is encouraging.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "We don't need chink made car. They are "goons". cancer of the earth." - Joe

        If all Americans are like you, then they're morons of the earth.



      • 6 Years Ago
      i can dig it
      • 6 Years Ago
      Oh, that SAIC.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whew, I thought I was the only one seeing it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i'm having pizza for breakfast. how about you guys?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Word! Some left over Domino's, and a bit of Chinese food too :D
      • 6 Years Ago
      To all the unworldly American blue-collar idiots: SAIC bought the rights to Rover products following MGR's collapse in 2005, but couldn't use the Rover name since it was owned by Ford. The car pictured is a rebadged Rover 75.
        • 6 Years Ago
        On behalf of all the unworldly American blue-collar idiots, thanks for the unprejudiced insight there, Dazza. I must say, you're going to feel pretty silly once our Hovercar Market takes off!
        • 6 Years Ago
        wow Dazza, i think you spend more time bashing Americans than you do cars
        • 6 Years Ago
        Dazza's merely stating facts because I doubt most Americans even know what a Rover is.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Aw, Mr. Dazza... I'll never look at another 300C without thinking fondly of this exchange.

      Now where did I leave the keys to my pickup?" - Rochester NY


      Probably somewhere in your trailer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow. Could that be any more blatant? This is a 300C copycat.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "wow Dazza, i think you spend more time bashing Americans than you do cars"

        The car itself can't help being what it is. Whatsmore, the 75 was itself a decent motor car in its day. However, comments such as "wow ... could that be any more blatant ... this is a 300C copycat" from people who are completely ignorant of the motor industry beyond their own shores deserve all the bashing that comes to them.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Wow. Didn't you ever know cars other than Chrysler or 300C? For examples : Rover, MG, etc. And for your reference: this is originally Rover 75, long before 300C coming out.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Chink made car?
      It seem like a another carbon copy of rover."
      - Joe


      SAIC bought most of Rover and the rights to their existing models when MGR floundered in 2005. Before that, both companies had been working on the RDX60 joint venture, which SAIC have now completed in the form of the Roewe 550.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Please, just stfu already.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That thing looks like a cross between a 300 and a Holden.

      --RS
        • 6 Years Ago
        You want a cookie, Captain Obvious?

        • 6 Years Ago
        bet the paint chips off and causes cancer.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yeah the 300 comment is astute. If Chrysler were to follow through with limiting their own manufacturing and just focus on marketing badge engineered vehicles from other companies, this could work wonders for them given the coincidental similarities to the 300...
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