New rumors in the Chinese automotive press saying the Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) wants to revive the once famous ‘Shanghai‘ brand. Media say that the first car to be Shanghaied is the slow-selling Roewe 950. To prove the facts the story comes with photos showing a Roewe 950 with Shanghai badges.
There is however a small problem with these photos: they are exactly two years old. They first appeared on the Chinese interwebs on January 6 2012, fueling similar rumors about the resurrection of the Shanghai brand, but that never happened. In November 2012 we saw spy shots of a Roewe 750 with Shanghai badges, again with rumors about the Shanghai brand, but again nothing happened.
It is very well possible that SAIC is still considering reviving the brand. Rumors usually come from somewhere, but sure it is certainly not! We will keep an eye on new developments…
Spy shots of the upcoming Roewe 350 1.5T, it will be launched on the China car market in early 2014. The Roewe 1.5T will be powered by the same 1.5 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the MG5 1.5T that was launched on the Chinese auto market last week.
Roewe has applied for patent on a facelift for the Roewe W5 SUV. The facelifted Roewe W5 is expected to debut at the Guangzhou Auto Show in late November. The facelift includes a new heavily chromed grille with a huge Roewe logo in the middle, and a slightly revised front bumper.
Spy shots showing the facelifted Roewe 350 sedan testing in China, it will be launched on the China car market late this year. The facelift included a new grille, new head lights, and new bumpers. Biggest news however sits under the bonnet.
Spy shots showing the upcoming Roewe 550 plug-in hybrid testing in China, it will be launched on the Chinese car market later this year. Chinese media say the 550 hybrid will have a fuel consumption of only 2.7 liters per 100 kilometers.
The facelifted Roewe 550 has been launched on the Chinese car market. Price starts at 118.800 yuan and ends at 182.800 yuan. The facelift included a new grille, new head lights, new rear lights, new bumpers, and an updated interior. The facelifted Roewe 550 debuted last month on the Shanghai Auto Show. The facelifted Roewe 550 is available with two engines: 1.8 with 133hp and 1.8 turbo with 160hp. Gearbox: 5-speed manual or a 6-speed DCT that was developed with GM.
The facelifted Roewe 550 debuted on the Shanghai Auto Show in near-total darkness. What is, Roewe trying to hide? The facelift has done well to the old 550, making sure it can continue at least another two years. Biggest changes are up front with a new grille, headlights and bumper.
This must have been a very painful birth. We saw the very first spy shots of the facelifted Roewe 550 in… November 2011. Since then we have seen various prototypes testing around, including a completely-ready example in the Shanghai subway.
But no matter how many test cars we saw, the facelifted Roewe 550 never made it to the Chinese car market yet. The latest we saw were the patent drawings which appeared in January of this very year. Chinese media now report the facelifted Roewe 550 will finally debut on the Shanghai Auto Show that starts next week. Hurray.
Roewe has applied for patent for the facelifted Roewe 550. The new design however was no secret, we have seen the facelifted Roewe 550 all-naked several times, Roewe has been working on this relatively small facelift for more than a year now, begging the question; where is the car?