The Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) has been blowing a lot of smoke, so to speak, over its ambitions to produce alternative fuel vehicles for several years now. Having partnered with Tongji University's engineering faculty in 2005, SAIC invested nearly $300 million in a new division dedicated towards developing alternative propulsion systems. Now the Chinese automaker is finally tipped to launch its first hybrid as early as next year.
Thanks to our colleagues reporting from their home turf on Autoblog Chinese, we now have the first official shots of the Rover 75-based sedan from Roewe, Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp.'s (SAIC) newly minted brand. We've shown you spy shots of the large sedan, but these are the first official pics that show off the new sedan's front end. The shape of the face is a bit Rover-esque, but the new fascia incorporates a large chromed grille frame that's bisected by body work a la Audi, new headligh
automaker announced Monday that it's injecting another $1.25
billion into its drive to export SAIC-brand vehicles worldwide. Monday's announcement follows February's news that
the company had established a $460 million unit to build SAIC cars based on the Rover 25 and 75 models.
The latest twist in the ongoing saga
of the collapse of British automaker MG Rover is the resurrection of the Rover in China - twice. In its own inscrutable
fashion, the Chinese government has authorized both Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp. and Nanjing Automotive Corp. to
produce versions of the Rover 75 sedan (pictured at right).