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Old 02-21-2006, 04:37 PM   #1
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SAAB Aero-X Concept @ 2006 Geneva Show



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ORLANDO, Fla. -- The 500-pound gorilla in the Saab make meeting this year didn't wait long to take center stage. Dealers wanted to know: What are the chances that General Motors' new billionaire shareholder and board seat holder will pressure GM to kill Saab?

"It's definitely an issue," acknowledged Al Leo Sr., Saab national dealer council chairman and owner of Scott Saab of Tampa Bay and Scott Saab of Tampa, in Florida. "We wanted more reassurance, and they gave it to us."

This month, GM gave a board seat to Jerry York, a representative of Las Vegas casino developer and GM shareholder Kirk Kerkorian. York has publicly proposed a series of steps to bring GM back to profitability, killing the Saab franchise among them.

Saab officials, including General Manager Jay Spenchian, assured dealers by letter last month that no such move is planned.

"But words are easy," Spenchian said outside the make meeting. "We have to reassure by action."

Spenchian told dealers in the meeting that Saab will introduce a concept car at the Geneva auto show late this month. The 400-hp, V-6-powered two-seater foretells the styling of the car that will replace the 9-5 sedan later in this decade. Dealers asked about the status of the 9-5 replacement.

"You don't do a concept car on just any brand," Spenchian said. "You do it when there's a future."

Spenchian also told dealers that GM is narrowing the list of possibilities for a vehicle to replace a canceled Saab crossover. That vehicle was killed when GM sold its interest in Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. last year. Fuji was preparing to build the vehicle for Saab at Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. as a derivative of the Subaru B9 Tribeca. Instead, GM will derive a vehicle from an existing GM platform, possibly from Europe.

"We're getting down to a couple of options," Spenchian said. "We'll be talking to dealers in the next few months about the final decision."






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Old 02-21-2006, 04:43 PM   #2
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I judge those wheels insufficiently wacky for a saab.
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Old 02-21-2006, 04:48 PM   #3
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Not bad looking. The Saab face looks really nice pretty much no matter what car they put it on.

That's an interesting, uh, "door."
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Old 02-21-2006, 05:29 PM   #4
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daym.. they're realli taking their slogan literally..

"saab was born from jets.."
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Old 02-21-2006, 05:46 PM   #5
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To open the trunk you just remove the entire rear 3/4 of the car.
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Old 02-21-2006, 06:44 PM   #6
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This looks like the new Sonnet Sports car.
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Old 02-21-2006, 07:37 PM   #7
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Does this remind anyone else of the B11S Concept? I personally think this looks better.
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Old 02-21-2006, 07:41 PM   #8
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OK, so this is the grill that Subaru should have come out with.

I actually like it.
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Old 02-21-2006, 07:46 PM   #9
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I like it... but I would like to say... NO WAY would it make it to production.
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Old 02-21-2006, 07:50 PM   #10
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I like it... but I would like to say... NO WAY would it make it to production.
Well obviously not that car - but they are definitly testing the waters on the overall look. Just like what Subaru did with that hideous convertible that they came out with a couple of years ago.
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Old 02-21-2006, 07:52 PM   #11
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yeah... hopefully the overall styling would make it.
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Old 02-21-2006, 08:30 PM   #12
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definately b11s shape
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Old 02-21-2006, 09:37 PM   #13
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OMG the roof opens like the one on the bat mobile
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Old 02-21-2006, 09:40 PM   #14
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Wow,I would buy one.

Looks realy good.

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Old 02-21-2006, 09:40 PM   #15
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Not completely. The doors have to move sideways first, then the roof can move forward. I'd like to see it in action.
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Old 02-22-2006, 11:33 AM   #16
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I think given the right resources SAAB could have a bright future..
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Old 02-22-2006, 12:21 PM   #17
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...toll booths are going to be a nightmare in that car.


looks great though. Paint it yellow with a black stripe down the middle
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Old 02-27-2006, 12:46 PM   #18
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Press Release:

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http://www.youtube.com/?v=ZG39Rds2XUw

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Aero X Concept Showcases Future Saab Design Direction


Inspired by Saab's aviation heritage and Scandinavian roots
Previews more progressive design language
Innovative opening canopy eliminates doors and windshield pillars
"Green Power" from 400 hp BioPower engine using 100 percent ethanol fuel
All-wheel drive, carbon fiber bodywork
North American debut at New York auto show in April
The Saab Aero X concept harnesses the power of Saab's aviation and Scandinavian roots to make a unique statement in performance car design. Conceived as a study to explore future design directions, its innovative features preview the development of an enhanced design language that will inspire future Saab products.

As one would expect from Saab, this dynamic two-seater sports coupe breaks with automotive design convention both outside and inside.

First, there are no doors...or windshield pillars. That's because the Saab Aero X adopts a cockpit canopy, just as you would see on a jet aircraft. It offers the Aero X pilot full 180 degree vision, and also facilitates entry and exit from its low-slung cabin.

Thrust for the all-wheel-drive Saab Aero X also comes from a powerplant with a difference. The 400-hp, twin-turbo, BioPower V6 engine is fueled entirely by ethanol, a sustainable energy source that is kinder to the environment by cutting fossil CO2 emissions. The "green power" of this advanced engine gives new meaning to the phrase "performance with responsibility."

Inside, the Saab Aero X's cockpit also adds a new dimension to clean Scandinavian interior design by completely eliminating conventional dials and buttons. Instead, Saab has applied techniques derived from Swedish glass and precision instrument making, displaying data on glass-like acrylic 'clear zones' in graphic 3-D images.

All exterior and interior lighting is by LED (light-emitting diode), which has given the design team new freedom to exploit the compact packaging benefits of a technology that will be featured increasingly in future Saab products.

With weight-saving carbon fiber bodywork, a lightweight powertrain, electronically controlled suspension and all-wheel drive, the Saab Aero X is an exciting driver's car that promises a level of performance to match its looks. Computer simulations anticipate zero to 60mph/100 kph in just 4.9 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph/250 kph (limited).

Despite being so tightly driver-focused, the Aero X still offers surprising practicality, again, a quality you would expect to find in all Saab designs. That dramatically sculpted tail conceals a useful twin storage facility, with a conventional hatch opening and sliding drawer underneath.

"This study shows how the strength of the Saab brand heritage can inspire bold, innovative design," says Bryan Nesbitt, Executive Director, GM Design Europe. "As we move forward with new Saab products, we will remain focused on carefully cultivating this brand equity in the context of Scandinavian design values."

"This concept shows the exciting possibilities that are open to us as we evolve a more progressive design language for the brand," says Jan Åke Jonsson, Saab Automobile's Managing Director. "Our designers, engineers and marketers in Sweden are ideally placed to nurture and communicate the unique DNA of the Saab brand. Their work will ensure that future product proposals express core qualities, such as progressive design, sporty performance and emotional functionality, in a way that is specific to Saab."

The Saab Aero X is the latest in a series of concepts from Saab, each accentuating different brand qualities. These include the 'four-dimensional' 9X (IAA Frankfurt 2001), the 9-3X Cross-over Coupe (Detroit 2002) and the 9-3 Sport Hatch (IAA Frankfurt 2003).

Saab Aero X Background

From Aircraft to Automobiles

Saab's aviation roots go back almost 70 years to 1937, when Svenska Aeroplan Aktiebolaget (Swedish Aircraft Company Limited) was founded in the town of Trollhättan, 45 miles/70 km north of Gothenburg, where Saab cars are still built today on the site of the original aircraft factory.

The company supplied military aircraft to the Swedish Air Force and began diversifying into civil aviation in 1944 and the automotive business in 1947, when its first car, the Saab 92, was unveiled (Saab 91 was a light aircraft used for pilot training). The 92's streamlined, teardrop-shaped bodywork was clearly the work of aircraft engineers and radical for a small production car of the time, as was the use of wind tunnel testing during its design.

The adoption of front-wheel drive for sure-footed handling, excellent roadholding and efficient space utilization was also unconventional for the time - more than a decade before the layout was to become popular in the rest of the auto industry.

Another innovative design from Saab's newly-created car division was the Sonett 1, a lightweight sports car for competition use, unveiled exactly 50 years ago this year. Its 'monocoque' chassis was made from aviation-specification aluminum panels, instead of the usual arrangement of steel beams and tubes. Although common in aircraft construction, Saab was using this design six years before it was introduced to Grand Prix racing.

Today, more than 4 million cars and 4,000 aircraft later, Saab is one name and two companies. The car business, Saab Automobile AB, is now wholly owned by General Motors, the world's largest auto maker, and the Saab Group is a global leader in the application of advanced technologies, specializing in aerospace and defense systems.

Over the years, Saab cars have continued to incorporate aircraft-inspired design features, from wrap-around windshields and cockpit-like ergonomics to green instrument illumination and need-to-know information displays. And the innovative spirit of those early aircraft engineers, including their pioneering attention to safety, continues to be reflected in Saab's unconventional approach to car design.

Saab is a division of General Motors Corp. Saab Automobile USA is the importer and distributor of Saab 9-2X, 9-3, 9-5 cars and the 9-7X SUV for Saab Automobile AB, Sweden.
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Old 02-27-2006, 06:31 PM   #19
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^^^ that looks pretty bad ass (except the way that the side windows have that step)... but what the concept looks like and what an upcoming model looks like are most of the time totaly unrelated.

I wonder if this might be another car based on the Solistice/Sky platform? Seems like it might be a good fit.
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Old 02-27-2006, 07:12 PM   #21
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getting there. I'm sure the final price would be difficult to justify against the price of a baby Aston or something german. wish we had more crazy door designs in production vehicles.
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Old 02-27-2006, 07:35 PM   #22
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Nice turbine looking wheels.

The car is definitely out there, and will never show up exactly like this in production, but I have to say it is an interesting looking beast. I'd be curious what kind of production model, if any, comes from this vehicle.
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Old 02-27-2006, 08:34 PM   #23
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400 horses and AWD, but 0-60 is still just 4.9... sounds like they used the special 'heavy' carbon fiber.
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Old 02-27-2006, 08:51 PM   #24
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With that long of a nose, I hope it's a true mid-engine car. The 400hp twin-turbo AWD part sounds really nice! And like all Saabs, it looks fantastic.
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I just read this is built on the corvette Chassis, and since the powertrain sits even farther back it is a front-mid-engine vehicle.
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