The first model introduced by the new “Own brand” company was Roewe 750. From a standing start in 2005, the stretched model, based on Rover 75 IPR (engineering), was introduced in China in 2007. SMTC UK undertook the stretch engineering and supported the interpretation and implementation of the total model engineering into Chinese suppliers and SAIC Motor vehicle manufacturing facilities. Styling work for the Roewe 750 was undertaken in China with design and feasibility support from UK designers and engineers stationed in Shanghai. The shape of the cooperation between UK and Chinese engineers in those early years enabled the fastest possible route to commencing production of a new Roewe product by a new company into the Chinese market.
Clearly there were stance, poise and proportion similarities to Rover 75, but since its introduction Roewe 750 has evolved significantly in design and technology, much of which has been undertaken by the China Technical Centre supported by a significant group of UK engineers stationed in China on long term contracts.
The 1.8 turbo and V6 engine introduction was strongly supported by the UK Powertrain team both in development and their introduction into manufacture. The manual transmission for Roewe 750 was engineered for the application with very significant engineering, analysis and development support from the UK team.