Our Saab biotope may be cozy, but the world continues to change. Brands come and go ... sometimes they come back. They reinvent themselves - or continue as before. An old German brand from Bremen celebrates rebirth under the Asian sign. A manufacturer from Delbrück, briefly traded as a new star in the German vehicle sky, is reinventing itself completely.
We're talking about Artega, an exciting brand with as much potential as drama. The Artega GT, highly praised in the press, was certified as a Porsche hunter in 2007. The career was short - although at times there were almost 850 binding orders, the production of the GT ended after 153 copies. The thriller about the Artega brand can be guessed at. With the B6 Venator Concept based on Artega, Spyker and Victor Muller provided another, unfinished footnote on the history of Westphalia.
And there are still the rumors in the room about a completely developed, sinfully beautiful convertible based on Artega GT. If you speak to them, it becomes strangely quiet. No, I'm not an insider on Artega, it's just that small brands beyond the mainstream have always had my heart and interest. If you want to know more about the background, you should read the interview with founder Klaus Dieter Frers. Unfortunately, questions remain unanswered, but a little insight is granted.
Artega is back! Paragon CEO and Artega founder Klaus Dieter Frers bought back brand and knowledge, Artega showed presence at the IAA. The innovative GT is history, it will not be reissued. Which does not mean that the past in Delbrück would no longer matter. Artega mixes with the white GTR racing cars in motorsport, also waiting and modifying the produced vehicles in the factory. GT owners have not lost their home.
From the past, lessons have been learned. One rule might be that in the future you will not do what everyone is doing. The future of Artega is written purely electrically. First, fascinating proof of competence is the new Artega Scalo. Two synchronous high performance motors with a peak power of 195 KW each, an efficiency of up to 98%, a torque of 780 Nm catapult the Scalo in 3.6 seconds from 0 to 100. The range should be 400 kilometers, lightweight with polyurethane and carbon provide a weight of only 1.585 kilograms.
Twelve copies of the Scalo will be made to order; How much electrical innovation there is in the Scalo can be found in the press release from Paragon subsidiary Voltabox for the IAA.
As the second Artega product of the future, the Artege Karo is on the list of desirable options. According to the manufacturer a synthesis of quad, jet ski and scooter. I would like to think he is a fun mobile. The concept vehicle is ready for series production and shows that electric vehicles fit into interesting niches.
Artega is versatile in the present. Car supplier is watching in the background Paragon AG; Artega 2.0 focuses on development, homologation, production and prototyping. Who now reads parallels to a saga from Sweden, understood. Would Artega have been a blueprint for Saab?
Let us transfer the scenario from Westphalia to Västragötland ... Then you could read the following text on the blog, which in many parts is unfortunately pure fiction:
“Saab is making a comeback with an all-electric version of the Aero X. An electric super sports car from Sweden, innovative, fantastically beautiful, extremely expensive. Saab is back, the Aero X will be produced in 12 copies. A bang and finally what Saab and the friends of the brand deserve. Saab has always been progressive, unlike the others, the Aero X in its electric version is worthy of the brand's reputation.
In the pipeline is an electric two-seater, which will be available depending on the equipment as a pure Funmobil or green city car. Of course, the factory takes care of the Saab history. You are committed to history! Owners of classic Saabs can order restorations to the factory standard, the last conventional products from Trollhättan, the Saab 9-5 NG and the 9-4x are maintained with updates and adapted to individual customer requirements.
The Saab plant is open to external production, development and prototype construction. Contract work for other manufacturers is another pillar of the brand. ” Oops…
And already fiction and reality blur. We'll never see the Aero X electric super sports car. But we can shed a tear in the museum when we see him. An electric funmobile with the Saab logo also appears far away. Why actually? Think outside the box, go other ways than the crowd, that would have been a good fit.
Looking for special solutions ... be creative. We haven't seen any of this since 2012. Only NEVS Industrial Services became a reality, the order situation seems to be right there ... even if everything else is missing. Missed endless possibilities. Pity !
And now? Maybe an engineer in Sweden reads, finds the blueprint interesting, translates it to Saab proportions. Even more innovative, Swedish, crazy. That would be exciting.