- Jun 24, 2009
SAIC to buy Opel Insignia platform for Roewe?
Chinese-spec Buick Regal - Click above for high-res image gallery
According to an unnamed source from the 21st Century Business Herald in China (via Gasgoo), Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp (SAIC) has been in talks with General Motors since last March to purchase the Eplison II platform (as used by the latest Opel Insignia and the Chinese-market Buick Regal) for its next Roewe 750 midsize sedan. The fact that SAIC is GM's Chinese partner may seem to lend a bit of credibility to these rumors, though SAIC and General Motors have both initially denied any knowledge of the platform-sharing plan.
While all of Roewe's sedans have so far been based on the aging underpinnings of the former Rover brand from the U.K., recent concepts – such as the attractive N1 from the Shanghai Motor Show earlier this year – show that the Chinese automaker is serious about designing attractive machines for its home market and beyond.