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
Alfa Romeo 4C Concept world premiere - 2011 Geneva
The Alfa Romeo 4C Concept has made its debut at the Geneva auto salon
The 4C Concept is a two-seat, rear-wheel drive sport coupe about 4 meters
long and with a wheelbase just short of 2.4 meters. It features a mid-rear
mounted 1.8 liter turbocharged power
plant allowing for a 40/60 weight distribution (front axle/rear axle).
Much of the technology and materials of the 4C are inherited from the Alfa
Romeo 8C Competizione. It features a lightweight chassis with carbon-fiber
and aluminum body structures for a total curb weight of less than 850 kg
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
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.
Saab Phoenix NYC
SaabsUnited witnessed the PhoeniX make it's North American debut on the
shore of the Hudson in Manhattan.
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.
2011 Saab 9-5 Aero Turbo6 XWD Start Up, Engine, and In Depth Tour
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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
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2009 Saab 9-3 Aero Turbo V6 Convertible Start Up, Exhaust, and In Depth Tour
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Top 10 Coolest Debuts of the 2011 Geneva Auto Show - CAR and DRIVER
Our picks for the best debuts from this year's Swiss extravaganza..
2011 Geneva Auto Show: 10 Coolest Debuts - Feature
2011 Geneva Auto Show
Saab Aero X Concept Car
Saab Aero X Concept Car at the British International Motorshow 2006. A
really nice car, and just look at those doors!
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.