- Shanghai Auto is introducing the Roewe 950 sedan, based on the Buick LaCrosse.
- Shanghai Auto is the longtime Chinese partner of General Motors.
- The Roewe 950 will be publicly unveiled later this month at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show.
SHANGHAI, China — Shanghai Auto, the longtime Chinese partner of General Motors, has developed a new flagship sedan, the Roewe 950, for the Chinese market. Based on the Chinese-built Buick LaCrosse, the Roewe 950 will be publicly unveiled later this month at the 2012 Beijing Auto Show.
Until now, the Roewe product range in China — the 350, the 550 and the 750 — has been based on vehicles, platforms and components adapted from the former MG Rover group. The ailing British automaker was liquidated in 2007, with the rights acquired by Shanghai Auto and another Chinese company, Nanjing Auto, that eventually was absorbed by Shanghai Auto.
The newest Roewe model is the first to use a GM platform, in this case a version of the global Epsilon midsize architecture. The Roewe 950 will offer a choice of GM-sourced engines, including a 186-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder and a 265-hp 3.0-liter V6.
Prices in China will range from $25,400 to $42,850.
Edmunds.com says: The new Roewe 950 is virtually identical to the Buick LaCrosse — no surprise, considering the latter is made by the Shanghai GM joint venture.