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.
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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.
Audi A3 sedan concept revealed
Intended to recapture the glory of the original A4 (B5) that launched in
1994, the A3, shown for the first time as a sedan, features the familiar
Audi family grille with LED lined headlamps. Elsewhere, Audi keeps things
interesting with agressive bumper fascias, flared fender arches and big
20-inch wheels constructed of carbon fiber and aluminum.
Dressed like a future RS model, power arrives via the same 2.5-liter turbocharged five-cylinder engine found in
the RS3 Sportback. However, the A3 sedan concept produces 68 PS (50 kW / 67
bhp) more at 408 PS (300 kW / 402 hp) through a seven-speed S tronic
transmission and quattro all-wheel drive.
Performance is supercar good with the 0-100 km/h sprint taking 4.1-seconds
in the 1540 kg (3400 lb) vehicle.
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
The PhoeniX is loaded for transportation to its next destination; The New
York International Auto Show 2011.
Saab PhoeniX Concept
'Aeromotional' design inspired by Saab's aviation roots. Design and
technical features to shape the next generation of Saab Cars. Minimalist
cabin with advanced Saab IQon infotainment system. Rightsized turbo engine and innovative Saab eXWD for electric
rear drive. Showcases technologies in al-new vehicle architecture
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.