Although Google and the Chinese government are having a little row right now, this hasn't stopped China's love for Google products. The production lines for the Roewe 350 have started rolling out the sedan, which is designed to spearhead Shanghai Automotive Industry Corporation (SAIC)'s future products. It is certainly headed for hundreds of thousands of Chinese homes. In the process, it will employ Google's Android operating system, up until now only seen primarily on mobile phones and a handful of cheap personal computers.
The Roewe 350 boasts a DVD and GPS system running on the most recent OS release: Android 2.1. Some of the amenities include direct web access and real-time traffic reports. The system also provides access to chat applications, which should really be a passenger-only activity while the vehicle is in motion. While it seems nice to have, it seems like it could be too tempting to some careless and reckless drivers. This is not the first time Google’s software is making it to cars. Previously, Audi A8 appeared with Google Earth pre-installed.
Further information and sources reveal that Roewe 350 would launch with a 1.5VVT engine, which is good for 105bhp and 135Nm of torque. On paper, the output sounds decent and comparable to a Toyota Vios but nothing beats an actual test drive. The Roewe 350 is predicted to debut at the Beijing Auto Show in the coming month. With the influx of china-made vehicles into Singapore, we may actually see the Roewe making a debut locally some time in the future.