In March 2011 saw the Saab PhoeniX Concept for international attention. At the last public appearance of the Saab Automobile AB, the small, charismatic manufacturer was able to steal the show from all other providers once again. For the last time.
The PhoeniX Concept was groundbreaking and anticipated many innovations with an electric rear-wheel drive and the Android-based IQon. At the same time, the work of Jason Castriota polarized. He based his vision on the Saab sonnet, mixing tradition with modernity, and putting something exciting on the wheels.
The response from the press was enormous, there was a lot of recognition and design awards. Maybe because the story behind it was just too good to ignore. A small manufacturer escapes a large corporation, is given the chance to restart, and presents a provocative study right at the start. These are the stories that legends are woven from and that we want to believe.
PhoeniX concept lives. In good condition and at NEVS.
After the premiere at the Geneva Motor Show Saab then caught up with the harsh reality. The interest shifted to the economic topics and the daily dramas. The then still young blog put the development to the test, because I would not have expected in this form. It became quiet around the PhoeniX Concept.
Unconfirmed reports said it had been damaged in transit. In addition, Jason Castriota is said to never have received any payment for his work. For a while, the whereabouts of the vehicle was also unclear. There were the wildest theories, and I hoped the study would show up at the Saab Museum at some point.
At the latest 2013 was clear that NEVS had come into possession of the PhoeniX concept. The study remained, with a number of other concepts, in the environment of the design studios. A few days ago we received a current picture from Trollhättan. It shows the vehicle in a familiar environment and, if an assessment is possible, in good condition. Maybe, and that would be desirable, NEVS will eventually give fans access to the latest Saab design study. Or transfer it to the Saab Museum.