It's IAA time again. Only, I don't feel like going to the fair. Although Frankfurt is on my doorstep. Another IAA without Saab, that's boring. And somehow, as a good friend said, you feel homeless. Okay, the other Swedish brand from Gothenburg shows a study that is worth a look. So maybe it is? Let's see ... Out of nostalgia, today we take a look back at better Saab days.
Recent years of GM direction have been accompanied by exciting studies. There was the Saab Aero X, probably the most beautiful sports car concept from Sweden. Designed 2006 by Anthony Lo. Two years later, at the Paris Motor Show 2008, came the Saab 9-X Air. Closer to reality than the Aero X and a reinterpretation of the Saab convertible.
The design was - let's say it openly - devilishly good! So good that it still looks delicious today. Actually, he could be at the IAA now and would still be futuristic. Some design elements were subsequently realized for the Saab 9-5 II and the 9-4x. For example, there would be the continuous light bar or the illuminated door sills.
The technology under the attractive body would still be in vogue today. A small 1.4 liter turbo engine, fueled with E85 as BioPower, and 200 hp would have provided propulsion. Supported by an electric motor, lithium-ion batteries and an automatic start-stop system, CO2 emissions would have been just 107 grams per kilometer. But these were all just dreams!
Now, a few years away, the studies can be seen for what they are. Originally, they were supposed to represent a great future for the brand. In reality, they are symbols of broken promises. Because neither the Aero X nor the 9x Air went into series production.
Both are now in the Saab Museum Trollhättan, and they are still beautiful. Designer Anthony Lo will not be happy that so few of his ideas found their way into the show. 2010 he took his papers at GM Europe and switched to Renault.
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