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.
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
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
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
'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
Yes, You Can Build a Sick Vintage Rally Car - AFTER/DRIVE
Ever wanted to go back in time, when screaming two-stroke Saabs were the
kings of rally? Find out how you can, with Bruce Turk, Saab jedi-master and
vintage rally dude.
On the car's specs Bruce adds: "It now has a 850cc three cylinder two
stroke motor that started life as a 750cc but the block was bored out to
850cc. It has Monte Carlo 850 pistons, a GT 750 crank shaft, a dual Solex
"Super kit Carb, lightened flywheel, heavy duty clutch (extra springs
added) fully ported intake and Exhaust
ports to rally spec II specifications and a Spec II rally 4 speed Saab gear
box which is very rare I might add... Oh, estimated HP is 60 BHP"
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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.
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obsession and a collection of Saab cars, parts and memorabilia you must see
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