Roewe 350 production kicks off today. Roewe 350 running on Android!

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The much anticipated Roewe 350 went into production late yesterday and will eventually launch on April 23rd at the Beijing Auto Show.

The 350 was based on the Roewe N1 concept car that was shown at the Shanghai Auto Show last year. The concept itself was the epitome of 3G lifestyle, and as a result the Roewe 350 DVD/GPS system is actually running on Google’s very own Android system. The 350 will be able to get all the latest real time traffic reports so drivers can avoid certain spots, the system also allows for direct web access from your car, and oddly it allows you to chat online which is something you really don’t want to be doing when you’re driving. The 350 will be running the 2.1 Android operating system, which is the same as what you will find in Google’s latest Nexus handset.

The Roewe 350 was always set to show ‘the future‘ from SAIC, and it looks like they have actually achieved this by building a car that not only looks good, but has the tech behind it.

The 350 will launch with a 1.5VVT engine, but a 1.5 Turbo engine is also in the works according to various different media outlets. The 1.5l engine is good for 105bhp and 135Nm of torque making it great for inner city jaunts. Pricing for the car is expected to range from 70,000rmb to 130,000rmb, and will no doubt sell over 5000 units per month easily.

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8 Comments

  • steve
    March 18, 2010

    So they have U.S. dealership network? Where do I go to pre-order?

  • Alibaba
    March 19, 2010

    Here are big photo albums.
    http://car.autohome.com.cn/pic/series-s7157/2062.html
    http://db.auto.sohu.com/modelpic-74290_detail.shtml

    SAIC has chosen ChinaUnicom as their telecom partner. It’s very wise to build a real-time online service based on Android and 3G, they could easily offer lots of value-added service like BMW Assit and GM onStar.

  • MGSteve
    March 19, 2010

    Roewe is still a Chinese brand, although versions of them will be sold under the MG badge in various countries around the world (except the US for now!). i.e. the Roewe 550 is the base for the MG 6.

    I suspect they will come stateside eventually, probably as MGs rather than Roewe.

  • Patrick
    March 20, 2010

    This will be the MG4 I think…

  • love car
    March 21, 2010

    want buy this car is the price lower than RM 70, 000. 00 ( RMB 140, 000 ). Im from Malaysia. Love this car so much and hopefully their will bring to Malaysia to compete with Kia Forte

  • Matthew Hall
    March 27, 2010

    Running Android is cool, but I wish Chinese cars would look more Chinese. The styling of this car is very derivative, evoking both Corolla and Civic. The Japanese started by copying western designs and then infused a sense of Japanese design as they gained market share. China has a rich history of art, science and design that should be reflected in the car designs.

  • I Heart Roewe
    April 13, 2010

    Cool! Okay picture shots. When is the car rolling out? I want to get one! But…. WHY ONLY ONE BACKLIGHT??????? Seriously, I don’t know what is going on these days, but I really think they should change it.

  • mutuelle handicapé
    May 18, 2011

    hello this article very excellent

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