If there was a friendly headline in the last few days, it was this: “Production in the former Saab plant” was the headline for “Automobile Production”. It revolved around Sono Motors and the Sion. The Munich-based company is becoming more and more present in the media and is getting the attention it deserves. Representatives of the press had the opportunity to drive the Sion prototype, and the result was many reports in the media. Welcome to the weekly press review.
Production in the former Saab factory
Sono Motors had good press this week. The right product at the right time and a provider who approaches things differently. The Sion is a community car; the solar cells integrated in the body are innovative. Many articles about Sono Motors could be read this week, the article in the "Automobile production”Is just one of them.
Saab, and the old factory in Trollhättan, play a supporting role. According to current plans, 2023 Sion will be built on Göta Älv per year from 43.000. 12 years after the end of automobile production and then in 2-shift operation.
That reads well for Trollhättan and for the Saab fans. However, investments in the old Saab location are necessary beforehand, and on a large scale. So far nothing can be seen of this, one has to wait and see what happens.
Dark Mode = Night Panel
Sometimes you wonder what happened to the nice little Saab ideas. That was the Night Panel, which began its career as a black panel in the Saab 900 II. During the night it switched off the lighting of all displays except for the speedometer. Just a gimmick? It was more than that.
Behind this was the experience from aircraft construction and the active relief of the eyes at night. Reduced exposure to light in the cockpit reduces stress on the eyes. The concentration for what is happening on the street increases. Young readers will smile mildly at this. The 50 plus generation nod in agreement. The night panel, used deliberately, makes every night drive more pleasant. And safer.
With the disappearance of Saab, the Night Panel also disappeared. But not quite. Senova and BAIC models based on the Saab platform of the 9-3 II used not only Saab engines. The night panel was also taken over. Now it appears again in the Corvette C8.
GM Authority reports on it and calls it Dark Mode. Not quite as consistently as implemented at Saab, the Corvette cockpit almost turns into a fighter jet at night. The original Saab idea, which is allowed to live on in a great American sports car, is of course pointed out.
Warming is different
Anders Warming almost became a beacon of hope for the Saab fans. His Saab X_RayVision polarized and interested. There was interest in Saab, passion for a very special make of car was felt. Then designed the Dane still has Hengchi 1, 2 and 4 for Evergrande Auto.
Could there be more in it for the future? Something that looks like Saab and is built in series? Preferably in Trollhättan, of course. Designers like Warming are of course in demand. His independence did not last long, his own design studio is on hold for the time being. The website is offline, the Saab designs are only available here.
Today, July 1, 2021, Warming will join his new position as Director Design Rolls Royce at. A big brand and an exciting challenge. Thank you Anders Warming for dreams like the Saab X_Ray Vision!
With images from Chevrolet and Rolls Royce