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.
MINI Rocketman concept - exterior design
MINI has unveiled the Rocketman concept which draws inspiration from the
original 1959 Mini. It measures a compact 3,419mm long, 1,907mm wide and
The overall design is a little busy, but the car has an attractive Bermuda
grey body with exposed carbon fiber sections that hint at the concept's
carbon fiber space frame construction. Furthermore, the Rocketman features
a wraparound greenhouse, a glass roof (with optical illumination), LED
headlights, projector-style taillights, and 18-inch lightweight wheels.
No word on what powers the concept, but MINI hinted the Rocketman is
capable of having an average fuel consumption of 3 L/100km (94 mpg imp / 78
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)
Lotus Eterne 4-door Concept Paris Promo
Lotus has stuned the media with the Eterne four-door coupe unveiling at the
Paris Motor Show today.
Details are limited, but the car is based on 2014 Elite. This means power
will likely be provided by a 5.0-liter V8 engine with 620 PS (456 kW / 612
hp) and 720 Nm (531 lb-ft) of torque. A hybrid variant will also be offered
and it will use a Kinetic Energy Recovery System (KERS) and, possibly, a
Lexus-sourced transmission with two integrated electric motors.
Set to go on sale in 2015, the Eterne will carry a base price of
approximately £120,000. Stay tuned for more photos and details.
Saab PhoeniX Concept in NYC
Saab's PhoeniX Concept was shown to members of the motoring press. The
video shows the car in motion just prior to being loaded back on the truck
The PhoeniX is loaded for transportation to its next destination; The New
York International Auto Show 2011.
Saab Phoenix NYC
SaabsUnited witnessed the PhoeniX make it's North American debut on the
shore of the Hudson in Manhattan.
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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Saab IQon Infotainment System
Saab IQon Infotainment System is a ground-breaking car communications
platform, using Google's Android operating system. Based on pioneering
'open innovation' with third-party service providers and application
developers, it comprises an embedded computer platform which seamlessly
connects to the Internet when the car's ignition is switched on.
2015 Mercedes Benz AMG Vision Gran Turismo - Concept Car
Take a look at the making of the Mercedes-Benz AMG showcar with no
Mercedes-Benz team put in a lot of work to make a sketch into a reality.
Passion is what drives car design.
The mystery concept car Mercedes-Benz has been teasing for the past couple
of days has turned out to be this stunning supercar concept, designed for
the upcoming Gran Turismo 6 video game. It's called the "AMG Vision Gran
Turismo", and according to Mercedes it presents a vision for the supercar
of tomorrow. From the video game to the studio to the live debut at the
2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, the new conceptual supercar turns heads with
its sleek, futuristic curves.
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The project was actually started because of a challenge put forward by Gran
Turismo creator Kazunori Yamauchi. He asked design studios from all across
the globe to come up with a concept using the theme "Vision Gran Turismo".
A handful of these, including the AMG Vision Gran Turismo, were selected to
be transferred to the virtual world where they will be available in Gran
Turismo 6 through online updates.
But for Mercedes, the challenge was also an opportunity to explore future
design. For the German automaker, future design looks to contain extreme
proportions, sensual contours and a high-tech quality. Signature styling
elements for the brand are also present, including a long hood, compact
greenhouse and broad shoulders.
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The cabin's design continues the raw, performance theme; in fact, it has
been inspired by a Formula One race car's cockpit. It's said to feature a
pair of bright red sport seats that form part of the structure. The
dashboard has been designed in the form of two gullwing doors which are
positioned on each side of the steering column. As a result the actual
doors themselves, also gullwings, appear to be an extension of the
instrument panel. Finally, the steering column visibly penetrates the
firewall to the engine compartment, creating a visual connection between
the driver and the heart of this supercar, a hand-built AMG V-8.
The engine delivers a claimed 577 horsepower and 590
pound-feet of torque, which is the same rating as the twin-turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 in the latest S63 AMG.
However, on the concept, the Exhaust
gasses exit from eight individual tail-pipes. And just for Gran Turismo 6,
AMG's sound specialists have created a powerful, sonorous Exhaust note.
Performance should be scintillating given the fact that the concept weighs
just 3,053 pounds, made possible due to its lightweight aluminum spaceframe
structure which also incorporates plenty of carbon fiber.
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Handling the design of the concept was a team of designers made up of staff
based at Mercedes styling studios in Sindelfingen, Germany as well as in
Como, Italy and Carlsbad, California. The world debut of the concept took
place this weekend at the opening of a new Mercedes R&D center located in
Sunnyvale, also in California.
When might we see a design similar to that of the AMG Vision Gran Turismo
on a production Mercedes? The automaker's upcoming sports car, the 2015 AMG
GT, already appears to share some similarities with the striking concept,
albeit in toned down form. We suspect elements will also filter across to
regular Mercedes lineup as well.
How to make a Concept Car with Clay sculpting DIY - The real Fast and Furious
The Real Fast and the Furious. A full size concept for the streets. Here is
a speed up time-lapse of the JZ Cobra Concept car for those that requested
it. This JZ Cobra Concept was designed and built using clay sculpting or
clay moulding to get the shape. The JZ Cobra concept uses a Toyota Supra
chassis to build upon and therefore is sometimes referred to as a reshell.
All clay work and design done by Russell Dennis. JZ COBRA CONCEPT