SAIC purchased the Rover brand from BMW several years ago, but not the name, resulting in old Rovers being produced by the Chinese automaker under the name Roewe. It's the old Rover 75, now called the Roewe 750, that will debut SAIC's fuel-efficient initiative. It will feature a mild hybrid system, which assists the existing internal combustion engine under acceleration but is incapable of propelling the vehicle on its own. Having partnered with GM on hybrids built in China under a joint venture, this a decent first step on its own for an automaker in a country behind the curve on green transportation. SAIC's next target is to launch an all-electric vehicle sometime in the near future.
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