Geneva: SAAB Aero-X Concept

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    Geneva: SAAB Aero-X Concept

    Geneva: SAAB Aero-X Concept
    February 27th, 2006
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    Saab Aero X Concept Showcases Future Design Themes



    · Inspired by aviation and Scandinavian brand heritage

    · Previews more progressive design language

    · Innovative opening canopy eliminates doors and windshield pillars

    · 'Green Power' from 400 bhp BioPower engine using 100% bioethanol fuel



    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 you would expect from Saab, this dynamic two-seater sports coupé 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 ****************pit 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 bhp, twin-turbo, BioPower V6 engine is fueled entirely by bioethanol, 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 ****************pit 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 freedoms 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 100 kph in just 4.9 seconds and a top speed of250 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 product, 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 series of concepts from Saab, each accentuating different brand qualities. These include the 'four-dimensional' 9X (IAA Frankfurt 2001), the 9-3X Cross-over Coupé (Detroit 2002) and the 9-3 Sport Hatch (IAA Frankfurt 2003).
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    Re: Geneva: SAAB Aero-X Concept

    Holy Schneikies!!!!!!

    Thats Cool.
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    Re: Geneva: SAAB Aero-X Concept

    I love the overall shape of that thing

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    Re: Geneva: SAAB Aero-X Concept

    Oh, that is just beautiful.

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    Re: Geneva: SAAB Aero-X Concept

    it's awesome but the roof-line is too close to Shelby GR-1 (so is the Firepower's roofline)

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    Re: Geneva: SAAB Aero-X Concept

    beautiful. now lets see how this relates to production models (scared)
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    Holy ***** it's the Batmobile...That Saab looks awesome!!
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    Re: Geneva: SAAB Aero-X Concept

    Well the opening roof would be the first thing to go.

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    Re: Geneva: SAAB Aero-X Concept

    Quote Originally Posted by TaHoE


    Why in teh world is the Start Button so big??!?!?!

    EDIT: Nevermind. I scanned the GMEurope PDF files and found the reason.

    The canopy lever is, in fact, part of a three-way 'start' function located between the seats as a very modern interpretation of Saab's traditional, centrally-mounted ignition key. In its flat, 'down' position', the lever doubles as a transmission selector, allowing the driver to access automatic drive or sequential gear changing via the steering wheel paddles. A green starter button nestles in the center of this lever/selector unit.
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    Re: Geneva: SAAB Aero-X Concept

    I like it. I like the turbine fan-blade wheels. Sharp!
    Is this spose to look like the rumored Sonnett?

    If this were to make production. I would think the entry into & exit from the vehicle would be changed. It seems it would be very costly to have the majority of the cab top open like that on a production model.
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    Re: Geneva: SAAB Aero-X Concept

    I want one! If you build it, they will come.


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    wow, it's freaking awesome. put some real doors on that thing and put some power under the hood and i can see a hit. if it really does make it, it must be called Sonnett.


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    Re: Geneva: SAAB Aero-X Concept

    **creames in pants****

    Why can't anything be a secret anymore? These have been all over the net for days.

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    Re: Geneva: SAAB Aero-X Concept

    That entry is needed in order to get that huge field of vision without blocking A-pillars.

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    Here's pictures grom design process:

    http://www.saab.com/microsites/aero_...collage_eu.jpg
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    Re: Geneva: SAAB Aero-X Concept

    Awesome, now let's see it in real life.
    The wheels are so sweet, and the headrest in the seats is awesome too.
    And don't even get me started on the guages, now that is sweet.
    I wonder if Saab is the next to get some money after Saturn, it seems only right, as they are the only ones who seem to have been neglected as of late. Chevy has lots of new vehicles, Pontiac got their influx, Buick got their version (though the Enclave and the roadster are the only nice things and they aren't even production), Hummer is Hummer (and will live with Alpha and the hopes of a small pickup), GMC is getting the 900's and a crossover, Cadillac obviously got their fair share, Saturn got the Sky and Aura, so now it's Saab's turn.
    It's Saab's turn and rightly so, they have absolutely nothing that even peaks my interest, save the Saab Trailblazer which I can get in an SS. Hopefully it works!

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