He was for a short time the bearer of hope in Trollhättan. Michael Maurer, German design star, today responsible at Porsche. In the year 2000 he came from Mercedes to Saab, became the Executive Director Design. Exciting studies such as Saab 9x and 9-3x come from his pen.
And some of us drive every day with a work by Michael Maurer on German roads. The Saab 9-3 II is one of his designs. And also the Saab 9-2x and 9-7x are from his pen. He does not seem to have been so happy in Trollhättan, because he already switched 2004 to Porsche, where he still works today. He overlooked this in one of his interviews. "The Saab management takes too little time for design (and designers) ..."Said Maurer 2004 to a large German car newspaper. He probably was right about that during the then phase of the company.
However, the Saab 9-3 basic design is still timeless today and very modern with the 2008 facelift. The one of us in the last picture riddle shown 9-3x study, here as a two-door coupe, was the template for the eponymous production model. A slightly more on lifestyle and off-road designed derivative of the sports combination, which I always liked very much. Perhaps there is a hint of the hoped Saab 9-3 II Coupe in the drawing, which was never realized or presented to the public.
Michael Maurer's designs can today be admired in the Saab Museum Trollhättan. On one of my last visits three studies from his time in Sweden were side by side, probably more coincidence than intention.
At the time of the launch of the 9-3x study, there was a limited print run by Saab, and the Saab Parts (Orio AB) opened the "treasury" for us and not only brought out these rarities. We will, with the German branch of the Orio AB as a sponsor, in winter 2013 / 14 launch a photo contest under the motto "Saab & Snow". Because in Eschborn nothing has changed except for the name of the parent company. Saab continues to be a business model and daily lived passion!
Participants have the chance of a Saab design by Michael Maurer and not only. For more Saabian prices wave, including collectibles, which - like this Saab sketch - can not be purchased anywhere. Anticipation is the greatest joy; the wait will be worthwhile. Promised ! More on this topic on the blog soon.