Great Wall Florid and Cool Bear
The other two familiar models on the Great Wall stand were the Florid and the Cool Bear. Look at that Toyota profile with the Florid, and the boxy Cool Bear stance. Remind you of any Scion models? Great Wall obviously expects that foreign accusations of copying will always fall on deaf ears. But for how long?
2006 Roewe 750
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Roewe 750 and Hybrid
The Roewe 750 is a modified version of the British Rover 75, whose great brand name was snatched up by Ford shortly before Shanghai Automotive (SAIC) was due to take possession. Roewe, or “Rong Wei” as it is written in Chinese, means power and glory. Engines are a 2.5-liter V-6 and a 1.8-liter turbo four, slightly modified from original Rover designs. A diesel model was also on show, but no further details were available. Due to the lack of popularity for diesel cars in China , it could form part of SAIC’s future export plans. The back end of the Roewe 750 has been re-styled by SAIC and now includes distinct BMW-like characteristics.
Like the diesel model, the Roewe 750 hybrid was on show but not much information was released. The hybrid is reported to offer a 25-percent boost in fuel economy and features an in-line configuration that sandwiches an electric motor and epicyclic geartrain between the conventional engine and transmission. The system features stop-start and runs purely in electric mode at low speeds.
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