SHANGHAI -- A batch of 160 Roewe 550 compact sedans made by Shanghai Automotive Industry Co. have been shipped to the Israeli city of Eilat -- the first time a Chinese automaker has sold sedans in Israel.
Israeli distributor the David Lubinsky Group imported the sedans, according to the Web site of China's Ministry of Commerce. The ministry oversees China's foreign trade.
The Roewe 550 sedan will be sold for $39,400 (264,000 yuan) in Israel, according to the ministry. The price includes Israeli taxes.
The Roewe 550 -- which is built on a shortened Rover 75 platform -- is 4624mm long, 1827mm wide, and 1480mm tall. It is powered by a 1.8-liter turbocharged Kavachi gasoline engine.
After SAIC acquired Rover in 2007, it adapted Rover platforms and powertrains for the Roewe brand.
Other Chinese automakers such as BYD Co. also seek to market cars in Israel, but their products have not yet met local emissions standards, the ministry said.