Saab dreams and digital Tesla daydreams

Sometimes I'm happy to only write a blog about older combustion engines. I'm spared digital issues, instead a lot revolves around analogue dreams. You should not completely shift your view of current developments to one side. She is interesting. This week, Tesla was noticeable. The Americans infect the offspring with their digital daydreams. You're doing really well. Meanwhile, the man who was responsible for Saab's dreams changes employers.

Saab Aero X in the shell
Saab Aero X in the shell

Anthony Lo goes to Ford

When you talk about Saab designers, some names come up spontaneously. Einar Hareide, Sixten Sason, Björn Envall. Maybe Michael Maurer too, although he was only briefly at Göta Älv. Anthony Lo hardly names anyone? Why is that? The designer was responsible for almost all of Saab's current dreams. Exciting studies arose with or through him.

The best-known object is the Saab Aero X. Although it had little chance of a future, it inspired the dreams of fans. Its design features were incorporated into the series as striking features of the 9-4x, 9-5 NG and the 9-3 Griffin series. Had Saab survived, Lo would have been the one who would have shaped the brand's design language for years.

Anthony Lo (center) during the Aero X project
Anthony Lo (center) during the Aero X project

Anthony Lo was last at Renault and is now moving to Ford, replacing Moray Callum. Callum leaves distinctive marks, and his successor is a challenge. It will be exciting to see how Lo will affect the direction of the Ford and Lincoln brands.

Perhaps some Saab design features can be found in the new products.

Digital daydreams from Tesla

You can think what you want of Tesla. The Americans are on an extreme run and the self-proclaimed Tesla hunters look pretty gray at the moment. This week they were overworked Model S and X presented. I save myself the chatter about longer ranges and impressive accelerations. With smartphones on the move, this is something that the respective fan base can work on.

What is striking, however, is how Tesla is making its pursuers look old with the revised interior. The comparison to European Tesla fighters is like that between a Boeing 747 and a Millennium Falcon. Sure, the angular steering wheel is above all a provocation. It will not be available outside the USA, Tesla also has a conventional one up its sleeve.

But: the steering wheel, which somehow fits more into an airplane than a car, is already setting a new trend. There are first imitators. The Chinese supplier Cowin is planning an E-SUV Coupe with a comparable steering wheel design.

Tesla Model S with a new interior
Tesla Model S with a new interior

The tidy cockpit and the multimedia equipment are a digital daydream. And clap for the pursuers. Older readers who, like me, grew up with a Commodore C64 or antique Siemens consoles will be groaning right now. The game console is the most powerful in a car to date. It has an output of up to 10 teraflops, which corresponds to a Playstation 5. A real argument for the next generation when it comes to which electric car the family drives.

You can play wirelessly on the lush 17 ″ display in the center console, which has a resolution of 2.200 x 1.300 pixels, or on the display on the back seat bench. It is unclear which processor Tesla uses to achieve this (energy-guzzling) performance. There are no details yet. But it is predictable - kids who have pursued their gaming passion in a Tesla will no longer be found in a Porsche or Audi. This is exactly what Musk will intend.

A brand change, out of the Tesla Gaming Zone, could lead to serious upset and a really bad family atmosphere.

How good when you are at home in an analog vehicle.

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6 thoughts on "Saab dreams and digital Tesla daydreams"

  • What I do about the game console and how “sustainable” such a permanently installed and, above all, proprietary thing can be, is still missing ... Tesla doesn't sell tons of cars. The somewhat ailing and unconventional hardware of the WiiU and the low sales figures were a reason for the vast majority of publishers not to develop games for it. Somehow I can't imagine that so many people order the console, if it's an extra, and above all not that so many people buy games for a lot of money that they can only play in the car. Ergo, I have the “fear” that the thing will be there in a few months without support or new games and the developers are not in the mood to deal with the hardware for the rather small market of 60 € full price games for cars .

  • Tesla is inconsistent

    What the kids really want are much larger monitors with more resolution. It has to be 4K and windows and the outside world also disrupt the gaming experience.

    A darkened interior would be ideal. And if you wanted to make your dad just as happy as your screwed-up son, you would build LANDAULETS again.

    In the front the parents would be sitting outdoors, enjoying the wind, the weather and the changing landscape and light moods. On the long way to the resort, they would be completely deaf to the (gaming) spectacle in the closed interior.

    At national borders, the rabies and corona vaccinations are shown for the kids. And the border guards wearily wave through. They have seen enough footwells full of empty bags of chips and aluminum cans (from energy drinks) during this shift, received enough insults from teenagers.

    Seriously, the kids want the PS6 tomorrow - so the next car in the future (because the outdated game console is permanently installed).

    Great concept. Very, very sustainable. Is that satire or the world we live in?

  • What a cover picture !! ... on this great article.
    This 15-year-old study continues to set standards today and I can't avoid it on any visit to Trollhättan without photographing it again.
    I can only agree with Aero 9-3, neither is my future. A game console like this does not even belong in the driver's field of vision, he has its display. And the dwarf rebellion is not decisive at all 😉

  • The snow has practically disappeared, the Corona Koller can be felt everywhere and so, despite the wet streets, I "unpacked" my wonderful Lancia Fulvia and drove a little lap with it, was very happy about the four analog round instruments, about the robust sound, via the handy wooden steering wheel and the fantastic panoramic view that the Fulvia Berlina offers!

    Did I miss a large display? Did I miss a square steering wheel? Did I miss the bling-bling and beep-beep? No, not at all!
    Have a nice Sunday everyone

  • This is definitely not my future!
    The “game display” is huge compared to the speedometer display ... It becomes clear what the mobile pedestal should be: entertainment until the next shopping event. Who likes it ...
    What actually happens if there is “fault software” that acts from the unknown periphery and switches off the distance sensor etc. ??? Or do such parts already exist ...?
    Still a sunny Sunday!

  • Playstation 5 in the car, it was only a matter of time. I hope my kids don't read the blog because they want to be sure. But of course, that's exactly where development is going and that's exactly what customers will ask for in the future. I just hope the German OEMs get this in time. At the moment you get the impression less.

    Blog subscription: I'm looking forward to the NEWS. Somehow I still have the slight fear that too few subscriptions will be taken out and that we will be faced with a blank, white page in the morning.

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