Sunday, April 19, 2009

SAIC Roewe N1 concept

Roewe, the flagship domestic brand of Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC), has released this teaser rendering of the N1 concept set to debut at the forthcoming Auto Shanghai 2009 show.

Unlike the production 550, a handsome car that was one of only handful of actual production models at last year's Auto China in Beijing, the N1 was penned and developed by a 21-year old Chinese designer.

Though the N1 will be badged a 'concept', insiders have alluded that the car will go onto production, with the sale being forecasted around late 2009 or early 2010.

Two rather compact engines for its size - a 1.3-liter and a 1.5-liter four-cylinder - are set to power the production version, taking advantage of a recent government incentive providing tax breaks for small cars propelled by engines smaller than 1600cc.