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Re: Roewe 250

Yes, this does come as a surprise,D-C. But then Fiat has been scrambling to maintain her presence everywhere from the USA to Guangzhou,Chongqing, and Wuhu. So maybe it's to be expected that she keeps her fingers in the remnants of NAC overtaken by SAIC.
 

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Re: Roewe 250

Here are some interesting comments:

The reason it looks like a Fiat is because it is a Fiat! Look at the badge insert at the back. It’s made for a Fiat badge…
That isn’t a Rover 25-based car.
It is Fiat Grande Punto with a new front bumper cover.
The rest of the bodywork is unchanged from the Fiat.

If it was on a Rover 25 platform the fuel filler and exhaust would be on the opposite sides.

If you want my guess, it is a mule vehicle testing the powertrain of a new Roewe vehicle (hence the new bumper/grille, to ensure correct airflow to the radiator and intake), within a Punto body because it has similar weight and dimensions to a vehicle that as yet does not exist in the metal. This saves tooling up a full prototype vehicle just to test the powertrain.
I have high hopes that this is the case. SAIC has thus far played by the rules and a copycat car would be a disaster.
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Maintain her presence in the USA? FIAT has been out of the US since the 70s.
 

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Re: Roewe 250

But Fiat is in negotiations to "merge" with Chrysler, in efforts to save both of their collective hindquarters, literally. Just a matter of time before Chrysler goes bankrupt.

The move would give Fiat access to Chrysler U.S. showrooms, and, Chrysler could offer cars like the small Fiat 500 to Americans who might be looking for such a car.
 

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The Roewe 250 is radically different from the Rover 25, leading itself to more of a Fiat Punto style design, but will of course have that hint of British elegance about it that other mini car producers just fail to invoke in their designs.
 

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Re: Roewe 250

I found sometime ago in the web some pics (Photoshopped ones certainly) of the Roewe 150, which seems to be the same as the Roewe 250. It's basically a 3rd generation FIAT Punto with Roewe grille and logo. Here are they.

Wheel Tire Sky Vehicle Car


Wheel Tire Sky Cloud Vehicle
 

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Roewe 150

From China Car Times- This one's been out a while

The Roewe 150, or possibly 250, will be Roewe’s first small car, an actual launch date has yet to be announced, but it could be unveiled at an end of year auto show, possibly Beijing or Guangzhou. The 150 is probably not going to be based off the Rover 25 platform, as it is a little bit too long in the tooth for modern day application.
It has to be stressed that the above mock ups are an artists impression of what might come from Roewe, but if this is what’s coming, then we certainly think it’s lacking in character, and style.


 

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Looks a bit like a Suzuki Swift, which in my country always is driven by grandmas with no money. Nowdays they are a (relatively) cheap choice of car. This might be Roewe's answer to the "Big 3" i.e Swift, Yaris and Fit.
 

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I can not see much of the exterior design of this new Roewe but the profile reminds me a lot of a Skoda Fabia mixed with a Daihatsu Sirion.
The interior looks very dated.
Let´s hope the disguised model does not reveal much of the acutal design.
 

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Roewe 250

Just coming out of Brum as I was turning on to the M42 I saw a Roewe 550 iirc pulled up behind me at the lights.

It was on an 08 plate interestingly, so predates the official unveiling of the car by quite a considerable amount around a year or so?. On top of that Roewe to the best of my knowledge have only been sold in China, and at the time NAIC and Nanjing were still seperate and competing entities, with only Nanjing having European operations. So obviously I would say plans to sell the Roewe 550, or more likely the MG 5 in the UK must exist, and have done for some time.

At the time however, all I could think was how much the front end looked like a Chrysler Neon and how much of a blandfest it was. Hell, I was massively more excited when I spotted and tailed a Bini Clubman all taped up on trade plates around 6 months before being officially unveiled on my way to work a few years ago
 
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