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Old 04-17-2007, 11:11 AM   #31
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Oh BTW, is this the "450"?
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Old 04-17-2007, 01:05 PM   #32
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There seems to be some argument about that but yes, I think it is what the British press nicknamed the Roewe 450.
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Old 04-20-2007, 01:43 PM   #33
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More pics:
http://www.caradisiac.com/Shangai-Mo...cept-16409.htm
http://paultan.org/2007/04/25/roewe-w2-concept/
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Old 04-22-2007, 07:15 PM   #34
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..looks like Nanjing may stop SAIC making this car as SAIC don't seem to have the right to use any Rover 75 components in other designs.... As I understand it the IPR's can not be transferred to other models without express permission from the owners of MGR's physical assets (which is Nanjing basically)

I hope SAIC haven't spent to much money on this as Nanjing may demand it goes to the crusher.....
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Old 04-23-2007, 03:26 PM   #35
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The rear of the car is fantastic - the entire car has a lot of Alfa Romeo in it, which is a good thing.

Please bring it to market and the US soon.
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Old 04-23-2007, 05:21 PM   #36
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Interesting design of boot lid - its going to collect a pool of water in the middle whenever it rains, I wonder where it will go when you open the boot?

Not sure from the picture, but maybe if you park it on an absolutely flat road then you may be OK.
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Old 04-23-2007, 07:12 PM   #37
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Interesting design of boot lid - its going to collect a pool of water in the middle whenever it rains, I wonder where it will go when you open the boot?
I'd assume it has a drainage channel around the edge of the trunk opening. I don't think I've ever seen a car with a trunk that didn't have this.
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Old 04-26-2007, 08:25 AM   #38
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They are renaming the W2 as the Rongwei 5 series - maybe the 550

http://auto.sohu.com/20070426/n249719486.shtml
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Old 04-26-2007, 05:48 PM   #39
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In this intriguing battle between SAIC and NAC, regarding who can get the best out of what was left of the MGR fiasco, SAIC, at the present time, seem to have all the answers. Their 750 looks like a convincing face lift of the Rover 75 and the appearance of their 450 shows they are determined for their Roewe brand to succeed.

At the other end of the scale we have NAC who seem intent on sticking the MG badge on ANYTHING.
Now it's the turn of the Rover Streetwise to suddenly transform itself into an MG.
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Old 04-26-2007, 06:08 PM   #40
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Depends on how you look at this:

- NAC have a THE MOST advanced factory in China with capacity to make 200,000 cars and 250,000 engines and gearboxes. The factory can also make more models on one line than any factory in the world (allegedly)
- Roewe can make 50,000 car a year, although they seem to be struggling to make many cars at all at the moment (there's a question mark on their actual ability to make thousands of 75's without the Longbridge Robots).
- Will Brits by a fake British car from a company with a fake British Brand?
- Nanjing may be rolling out the old models but it seems that the MG ZS will be heavily changed from the old one (new sheet metal).
- The Roewe 450 looks nice but so does the Briliance Zhongua but that' rubbish. The ZS is proven technology.
- MG have redesigned the K series so it stops blowing head gaskets and is Euro 4 compliant. The Roewe is the old engine completley unchanged.
- MG have their own Diesels close to production. Where will Roewe's come from?
- MG ZT LWB is longer AND significantly lighter than the stretched Roewe version. Why? Remember the ZT LWB was designed and engineered in Britain. Are you still confident in a crash in the Roewe 750?
- MG's will all be NCAP tested. What about the Roewe's?
- New Sportscar will be launched within 2 years by MG
- Range of new Austins will be launched from next year.

Scratch beneath the surface at Roewe and there are plenty of unanswered questions.....maybe that's why SAIC are considering trying to do a merger deal? Nanjing don't seem keen though....wonder why?
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