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Old 06-20-2008, 04:25 AM   #91
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Default Roewe 550 - Officially on the market

June 20, 2008.

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China's largest automaker Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC) has officially started to sell its own-brand Roewe 550 sedan in China on Thursday, priced at 142,800 ($20,765) - 189,800 yuan.

SAIC has not given any timeline for exporting the model but said it's a world-class car targeting global consumers. Early media reports say this car will hit the European market in early 2009.

The Roewe 550 was unveiled by SAIC at the 2008 Bejing Auto Show in April. It is set to compete with models like Mazda3, Honda Civic, Ford Focus and VW Sagitar. The Roewe 550 is based on the Rover 75, but is shortened, modified and restyled. It is 4,624 mm in length, 1,827 mm in width, 1,480 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,705 mm. The turbocharged engine could turn out a maximum of 118 kW.

Currently SAIC owns the intellectual property of Rover and MG models and has already relaunched the old Rover 75 as the Roewe 750 in the Chinese market in early 2007. Sales of Roewe 750 have reached 25,000 units so far.
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The Roewe 550 officially jumped onto the Chinese market place earlier today, pricing was announced, as were specifications of the car. Now all we have to do is test drive the car, or at least buy one!

The 550 is China’s first ‘international car’, the car which will clearly shape China as a make it or break it car producing country. The car was designed in the UK, by the hands of Ricardo 2010 who eventually became under SAICs control. From what we believe, the Roewe 550 will eventually be branded as an MG, and then sold into overseas markets, we have heard rumors of the Roewe brand actually being launched in overseas markets, but we cant say for sure.

The Roewe 550 is available in four different packages:

* 550 Standard - 140,280rmb (manual trans)
* 550D - 150,280rmb (manual trans)
* 550S - 150,680rmb (auto trans)
* 550D - 160,680rmb (auto trans)
* 550G - 180,980rmb (auto trans)

Tomorrow we will translate the Roewe 550’s spec sheet, although its looking like the 550G is the model with all the trimmings (airbags in every place possible) and the others only lacking certain items, which is reflected by the minor differences in the price range. The prices are a little higher than CCT expected, but not by much. We really cant wait to get behind the wheels of a Roewe 550 and tell the world what the ride is like.
sources: China Car Times and Gasgoo
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Old 06-21-2008, 04:19 AM   #92
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Roewe 550 – with chance for global success.

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19.06.2008 - According to previous announcements, at today’s press conference, SAIC has officially unveiled price list of the newest Roewe 550 model. Chinese concern believes, that the car - designed in Great Britain, will gain customers laurels. The attractive compact will be offered on the European market as well. SAIC will use Ssangyong’s dealership network to sell it there.

Roewe 550 is the second compact model (near Brilliance FRV), design of which is not similar to any simple Chinese construction. Interesting body’s design is possible to see also in passenger compartment. Among many innovations there are: four-wheels’ suspension and digital clocks instead of analogue ones. In richer versions there is integrated multimedia system (RMI - Roewe Multimedia Interface) assembled as well, which is connected with GPS navigation system. The car maker ensures, that “550” will get 5 stars not only in “weaker” China New Car Assessment Programme (CNCAP) crash test, but in EuroNCAP as well.

The car has typical compact Dimensions: 4,624/1,927,1,480mm, and wheelbase – 2,705 mm. The boot compartment has 452 l of capacity, and the possibility to fall the rear seats down. A turbocharged 1.8L (160hp) petrol engine drives the car. The maximum torque is 215 Nm. The top speed is 215 km/h, and reaching 100 km/h is possible in 10.8 sec. Given data is available with five-speed manual gear box.

The first offer on the Chinese market contains 5 car’s configurations.

The basic version 550S has a following standard equippement:
- 2 air bags,
- ABS, EBD, BAS, ASR i ESP,
- ventilated brakes,
- automatic air conditioning,
- radio CD MP3 + 8 speakers,
- electric windows and mirrors,
- leather steering wheel.

Richer version 550D has additionally:
- leather upholstery,
- 16" alloy wheels,
- multifunctional steering wheel,
- heated mirrors.

These two versions might be equipped with five-speed automatic transmission, having the possibility to change gears manually.

The top version 550G is available only with automatic transmission, and its equippement was supplement by:
- side and curtain air bags,
- pressure monitoring system,
- 17" alloy wheels,
- rain and lights sensor,
- electrically regulated seats,
- sunroof,
- Bluetooth,
- DVD with GPS.

According to previous Automotive News’ information, SAIC’s strategy of expansion in Europe predicts to have 2 activities’ stages. On the first one – cars will be sold through dealership’s network and under Ssangyong brand. The second stage will be based on creating own dealership’s network and starting the distribution under Roewe brand, which will be possible earliest in 2010.
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Old 06-21-2008, 05:25 AM   #93
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sold under Ssangyong dealership and brand?
That doesnt seem a smart move. I am familiar with the Ssangyong in Africa, Portugal, Spain and Italy. They're aceptance by the market is low. the after sales service and spare parts is bad.
I dont see it as a improvement
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New pictures of Roewe 550 Sport.




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Old 08-01-2008, 05:45 PM   #95
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Looks so much better than the normal version.
Just don't like the rear bumper
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Roewe 550G 1.8T at Autohome:
http://www.autohome.com.cn/drive/200808/43172.html

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Its not a bad looking car.
The back needs more to the ground
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TRW safety system featured on new SAIC Roewe 550

August 09, 2008

TRW Automotive Holdings Corp. , the global leader in automotive safety systems, is supplying a full range of occupant safety products to the new Roewe 550, China SAIC Motor's self-developed mid-size sedan. This marks an expanded collaboration between TRW and SAIC, who worked together on the successful launch of the Roewe 750 in 2007.

TRW equips Roewe 550 with a complete occupant safety system (OSS) including driver, passenger and rear seat belts, driver and passenger airbags, side-impact curtain airbags, airbag electronic control units, and side-impact and rollover sensors. Driver and passenger airbags are manufactured by the Company's joint-venture plants in Shanghai and Changchun, China. TRW's wholly- owned OSS facility in Shanghai produces the advanced electronics.

Roewe 550 features the RP2, TRW's second-generation rack-and-pinion seatbelt retractor. In anticipation of a crash, an electronic control unit activates the rack and pinion mechanism to tighten the seat belt, adjust the slack and help protect the belted passenger. Additionally, TRW uses a load limiter in the Roewe 550 seat belt system to help better manage the occupant energy in a crash.

The RP2 technology was introduced to the European market in 2004. Today, Chinese consumers are able to benefit from this advanced technology on the Roewe 550. Notably, the entire seat belt system on Roewe 550 is manufactured by TRW's joint venture with SAIC, Shanghai TRW Automotive Safety Systems Co., Ltd. (STASS).

Besides OSS products, TRW supplies Roewe 550 with a lane-departure warning sensor, ABS system and Electronic Stability Control System (as a premium option), all produced locally in China.

http://www.gasgoo.com/auto-news/7371...Roewe-550.html
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