A year after gaining independence from GM, Saab is rising from the ashes with the stunning PhoeniX concept.
Penned by Jason Castriota, the PhoeniX wears Saab's new Aeromotional design language which incorporates aircraft-inspired styling elements. Notable highlights include butterfly doors, winglets, a twin-ripple hood, LED 'ice-block' headlights, and a distinctive front fascia which will likely been seen on future production models.
According to Castriota, "The PhoeniX establishes a new reference point for the future of Saab product design. It symbolizes a renaissance of the innovative spirit and passion that drove Saab to build its first car. We're now taking the visual DNA forward with what we call 'aeromotional' design, adding emotion, power and fluidity."
No interior pictures were released, but Saab says the cabin has a minimalist design with a 2+2 seating arrangement and an afterburner-inspired instrument cluster. More notably, the concept features an Android-based IQon infotainment system which can download third-party apps via the internet.
Under the hood, power is provided by a turbocharged 1.6-liter petrol engine that develops 200 PS (147 kW / 197 hp) and 250 Nm (185 lb-ft) of torque. It is backed up by a rear axle electric motor (dubbed eXWD) which churns out 34 PS (25 kW / 34 hp) and gives the car an all-wheel drive system. Thanks to this setup, the concept can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 5.9 seconds and hit an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). More importantly, Saab estimates the PhoeniX will have a combined fuel consumption of 5.0L/100 km (56.5 mpg img / 47 mpg US) and CO2 emissions of 119 g/km.
High-res photos: http://www.worldcarfans.com/111030130935/saab-phoenix-concept-drops-jaws-at-geneva-reveal
2012 Kia Rio promo
Kia has introduced the new Rio at the Geneva Motor Show.
Available in three- and five-door body styles, the redesigned model
features a bold front fascia, deeply sculpted doors, and optional LED
daytime driving lights. It measures 55mm longer, 25mm wider, and 15mm lower
than the outgoing model. Furthermore, the 2,570mm wheelbase results in a
spacious cabin and a luggage compartment which can hold up to 390 liters
(13.8 cubic feet) of cargo.
Speaking of the interior, the cabin is described as "clean" and
"sophisticated." While we wouldn't go that far, material quality seems
significantly improved from its predecessor. Additionally, the Rio offers
options such as passive entry, Bluetooth connectivity, and heated front
Under the hood, four different engines will be available. The entry-level
1.25-liter petrol produces 85 PS (63 kW / 84 hp) and 118 Nm (87 lb-ft) of
torque, which enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 13 seconds
and hit a top speed of 167 km/h (104 mph). Moving up the 1.4-liter petrol
rewards owners with 109 PS (80 kW / 108 hp) and 136 Nm (100 lb-ft) of
torque. Thanks to the extra power, the dash from 0-100 km/h takes 11.5
seconds and the top speed is 181 km/h (112 mph).
On the diesel side, there's a 1.1-liter three-cylinder that develops 82 PS
(60 kW / 81 hp) and 94 Nm (69 lb-ft) of torque. This anemic engine means
0-100 km/h clocks in at 16.4 seconds and the top speed is 161 km/h (100
mph). If you don't have all day to wait around, the 1.4-liter
four-cylinder churns out 90 PS (66 kW / 89 hp) and 216 Nm (159 lb-ft) of
torque. It enables the car to accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 14.2 seconds
and top out at 171 km/h (106 mph).
The five-door Rio will go on sale later this year, while the three-door
variant will be launched in early 2012.
2012 Kia Picanto promo
Completely redesigned for 2012, the second generation Kia Picanto (aka
Morning in S. Korea) has made its world debut at the 81st Geneva Motor
Displaying a lot more character, the Picanto drops the cute Pokemon look of
the first generation for a bolder design. The Picanto features an
aggressive front bumper, sweptback headlights, flame surfaced doors, side
skirts, unique taillights and a roof spoiler. Add in aggressive design
lines and sporty alloy wheels and the Picanto is transformed into a serious
contender in the sub-compact city car segment.
The new generation Picanto will be offered as a five-door globally while a
sportier three-door body style will eventually be available in Europe.
When lauched towards the end of 2011, four "super-efficient" engines will
be available. These engines include a 1.0-liter three-cylinder, available
in petrol, flex fuel and bi-fuel versions, as well as a 1.2-liter
four-cylinder petrol. Outputs will range from 69 (51 kW / 69 hp) to 85 PS
(63 kW / 84 hp), while torque numbers vary from 94 (69 lb-ft) to 121 Nm (89
lb-ft). More specifically, the 1.0-liter bi-fuel engine produces 82 PS (60
kW / 81 hp) and 94 Nm (69 lb-ft) of torque.
A five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic is available for all engines.
CO2 emissions range from 95 to 105 g/km or 90 and 100 g/km with the
optional engine start/stop system.
Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 Geneva pre-show unveiling [German lang]
The Lamborghini Aventador LP700-4 has been revealed at a Geneva pre-show
It's matter of looking now as we already now all there is to know about the
car and its impressive construction.
The LP700-4 features a curb weight of just 1575 kg (3,472 pounds) due to
its carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) monocoque structure which tips
the scales at only 147.5 kilograms (324.5 lbs). The whole body-in-white
weighs but 229.5 kilograms (505 lbs).
Power comes from a 6.5 liter V12 with an ouput of 700 PS (690 bhp / 515 kW)
and 690 Nm (509 lb-ft) of torque. Gearbox is a 7-speed independent shift
rod transmission (with dual synchronizers) supplied by Graziano
Trasmissioni Group with 50 millisecond shift times. The LP700-4 Aventador
also features a Haldex all-wheel drive system.
All those mechanics are good for a 0 to 100 km/h sprint time of 2.9 seconds
and a top speed of 350 km/h (217 mph).
Finish options will include the Arancio Argos orange paint in a pearl
effect and bi-color interiors with Alcantara.
The first customers will take delivery of the new Lamborghini Aventador LP
700-4 in late summer 2011. Pricing is as follows:
UK: GBP 201.900,00 (suggested retail price taxes excluded)
Europe: € 255.000 (suggested retail price taxes excluded)
USA: 379.700 USD (suggested retail price - GGT included)
China: RMB 6.270.000,00 (suggested retail price taxes included)
Japan: YEN 39.690.000,00 (suggested retail price taxes included)
McLaren MP4-12C GT3 breaks cover in first tests
The first McLaren MP4-12C GT3 to be built by McLaren GT - a new company
that brings together the expertise of the McLaren Group and CRS Racing -
has successfully undertaken its debut tests at the MIRA proving ground
facility and Silverstone Circuit in England. McLaren GT has also appointed
a new test driver to its team, 26-year-old Portuguese racing driver Álvaro
The initial shakedown tests undertaken with the 12C GT3, whereby new
components are calibrated and bespoke aerodynamic body structures are
appraised for the first time, will be followed by comprehensive tests
scheduled throughout March and April at a number of FIA* certified circuits
across Europe. News on the development programme, full driver line-up and
planned competition for the 12C GT3 will be confirmed after these tests are
The PhoeniX is loaded for transportation to its next destination; The New
York International Auto Show 2011.
2011 Saab 9-5 Aero Turbo6 XWD Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour
In this video I give a full in depth tour of the 2011 Saab 9-5 Aero.
Released as a late 2010 model, the 2011 now boasts a panoramic glass roof
along with the great redesign. Overall makes the car have a much more
stately appearance and further set it in a more sport/luxury sedan class.
I take viewers on a close look through the interior and exterior of this
car while showing details, over viewing of features, and noting unique
styling cues to the vehicle itself. I also show the engine and the details
of it, start it up and see how it sounds under acceleration. A thorough
tour/review of this car designed to give others a greater overall
appreciation of the vehicle.
Walkaround Saab's First Crossover 2011 9-4X Aero Turbo 6 AWD.
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The $800,000 Saab Aero X Concept (Sexiest Back Ever!)
The $800,000 Saab Aero X 2006 Concept
Saab Aero-X is a concept car by Saab unveiled at the 2006 Salon
International de l'Auto. It is powered by a 6.8 L twin-turbocharged V12 running on pure ethanol that
produces 600 kW (800 hp). 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) is predicted to be 3.9
s and top speed is 420 km/h (261 mph). It has a 7-speed manual
transmission controlled by paddles on the steering wheel.
Like the Saab turbo X, the Aero-X has
four wheel drive. The doors and windscreen are connected, so instead of
using conventional doors or even gullwing doors, it uses a cockpit canopy
where the entire top section of the car is opened. This offered the Aero
X's driver full 180 degree vision, and also facilitates entry and exit from
its low-slung cabin. The body is made of carbon fiber. The suspension is
electronically controlled. Even though it is a compact two-seat sports car,
it has reasonable storage, as the rear features two storage facilities,
with a conventional hatchback and sliding drawer underneath.
The interior offers "clean Scandinavian interior design". The car has no
ordinary dials and buttons; instead, data is displayed on acrylic 'clear
zones' in graphic 3D images. All interior and exterior lights utilize LEDs.
Although only a concept car, it has been well received, with many fans
calling for its production. Victor Muller has responded on the
SaabsUnited.com website, saying that it is not a priority for the company
"This study shows how the strength of the Saab brand heritage can inspire
bold, innovative design," said Bryan Nesbitt, the Executive Director of 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 Saab brand," says Jan
Åke Jonsson, Saab'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." Elements of the cars frontal design have emerged in later Saab
models, notably the design refresh of the Saab 9-3 Sports Sedan, the second
generation Saab 9-5 and the upcoming Saab 9-4X.
The Aero-X was rumored to make its cinematic début in Transformers:
Revenge of the Fallen, with fans speculating that it may be used for the
Autobot Wheeljack. However, it was not used.
NEVS SAAB 9-3 No 1
This is the roll out of the first car in the first pre-production series
from SAAB as owned by National Electric Vehicle Sweden.
Introducing the Saab PhoeniX Concept
An all-new vehicle architecture showcase. 2+2 seater design concept
inspired by Saab's aviation roots. Innovative aerodynamics provide
high-speed stability combined with Cd value of 0.25. Design and technical
features to shape next generation of Saab cars. Driver-oriented cabin with
ground-breaking Saab IQon infotainment system.
New 1.6-litre 200 hp turbo engine.
Multi-tasking Saab eXWD for electric rear drive, torque vectoring,
performance Boost and fuel savings.
0-100 km/h 5.9 sec. Top speed 250 km/h. Mixed fuel consumption 5.0 l/100
km. CO2 emission 119 g/km.