Back in 2006, Saab brought out the Aero-X, a concept considered a piece of art at that time. Now, five years later, Saab has one-upped that concept with the launch of the new Phoenix Concept at the Geneva Motor Show. This concept previews the design language of the next generation of Saab cars.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Saab history, you should know that the "Ursaab" name says a lot. It was Saab’s first model to be launched on the market and the Phoenix takes its inspiration from it as a play on the rising of the Phoenix. We’re thinking that if the future of Saab looks anything like this, then they will truly rise from the ashes, just like the Phoenix bird did.
"The PhoeniX establishes a new reference point for the future of Saab product design," says Jason Castriota, Saab Automobile’s Executive Design Director. "It symbolizes a renaissance of the innovative spirit and passion that drove Saab to build its first car. We’re now taking the visual DNA forward with what we call ‘aeromotional’ design, adding emotion, power and fluidity. This design aesthetic will shape and differentiate future models in the Saab portfolio."
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Chevrolet has the Volt, Opel the Ampera and now Cadillac has the Converj. So what about Saab? What would a Swedish interpretation of GM’s E-Flex platform look like? It took the imagination of a 24 year old designer to answer that question.
Mayeul Walser wanted to create a luxurious four-seater coupe that blends the futuristic feel of sci-fi movies with the elegance of products from renowned fashion houses such as Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel.
The Fashionista will be powered by a hybrid powertrain coupling a V6 gasoline engine with an electric motor to produce (a purely theoretical) output of 300 HP.
Saab will unveil at the Paris Auto Show the 9-X "Air" BioHybrid, a concept that redefines the look of a four-seat convertible by exploiting the distinction between a folding roof and a folding soft-top.
The 9-X Air was conceived in parallel with its 9-X BioHybrid sibling and, as a result, it is a design free from compromise or adaptation. The shape of the windshield and frontal styling, for example, was designed to work in both applications. The two cars share a focus on efficiency, with a powertrain that uses engine rightsizing, turbocharging, biofuel and hybrid technology to deliver sporty performance together with a significantly reduced environmental impact.
Running on E85 fuel (85% bioethanol/ 15% gasoline), the engine delivers a sporty 200 hp, giving 0 to 60 mph acceleration in 8.1 seconds and projected CO2 tailpipe emissions of just 107 g/km over the combined cycle. Compared to gasoline, the overall environmental impact on a source-to-wheel basis of using E85 is even more beneficial.
Press release after the jump.
Swedish nationals Saab and Volvo have joined forces with Vattenfall, battery technology consortium ETC and a government environment agency to bring out a new range of plug-in hybrid vehicles.
The eco-friendly notion will span the next two years and a hybrid powertrain as well as an electrical charging infrastructure will subsequently be developed. As many as 10 cars will begin their testing schedule within this period, claims Auto Motor and Sport magazine.
Every automaker thrives to do their bit to save the environment by making use of technology and this move by the Swedish duo is no different. Saab presented its 9-X BioHybrid concept car only last week, showcasing its capabilities in this field. Volvo’s ReCharge Concept stands up to put forth the company’s interest and ability in the same area. As hybrid sales begin to open up, manufacturers are hard at work producing hybrid avatars of their star cars. Volvo and Saab see opportunities in this market and a lot remains to be seen on how much advantage they take and prosper in this high-potential field.
Saab unveiled today the 9-X BioHybrid Concept, a preview version of the 2010 9-1, a model that will come to compete with models like BMW 1-Series. The 9-X BioHybrid evolves visual design themes from the award-winning Aero X coupe (shown Geneva 2006) and multi-dimensional 9X (shown Frankfurt 2001) concepts.
The 9-X BioHybrid Concept is powered by a 1.4-liter BioPower turbo engine, optimized for bioethanol (E85) fuel that delivers 200 hp. The 9-X BioHybrid explores the potential for using active aerodynamics to reduce drag – and fuel consumption – at cruising speeds. Above 70 kph (43 mph), the upper and lower bodywork is reshaped as the roof spoiler automatically extends to further lengthen the roof line and an underbody diffuser is deployed from the bottom of the rear bumper.
At the front, the deep grille, that concave styling line in the hood pressing and the ‘wraparound’ windshield are inspired by the award-winning Aero X concept shown at Geneva two years ago. The 9-X BioHybrid cuts a unique silhouette in compact car design. The longer roof line and ‘sawn off’ rear styling contributes to a better aerodynamic performance and provides more interior room than a conventional compact hatchback with a sloping screen and rear trunk lid deck.
Press release after the jump.
We first believe that Saab’s Concept that will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show will be called 9-1X, but latest sources say it will actually called 9-X BioHybrid.
In terms of design, exterior styling is said to be based on the Aero X and 9X concepts. Finally, Saab’s concept will be powered by a 1.4-liter 200 Hp BioPower engine combined with an electric motor.
Despite the plethora of environmentally-friendly cars at The Sexy Green Car Show which opens at the Eden Project in St Austell, Cornwall next week, Swedish premium car maker Saab is confident that it will turn the rest of the event quite literally green with envy now that its entire range, including the iconic Saab 9-3 Convertible, is offered with the option of an eco-friendly engine.
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Saab’s successful BioPower concept - delivering increased performance as well as reduced fossil CO2 emissions - is to be introduced throughout the 9-3 range, including Sport Sedan, SportCombi and Convertible bodystyles. This expansion will reinforce Saab’s leadership of Europe’s emerging flex-fuel segment, where the Swedish premium brand will now offer ‘eco-friendly’ variants of all its core models.
Non-polluting driving is this year the principal topic at the Geneva Motor Show.
In cooperation with Rinspeed, Saab will be showing with the "9-5 BioPower Rinspeed" how vision and reality can harmonize. The model is equipped with a Bioethanol-engine and demonstrates that already today is possible to reduced CO2 without giving up the pleasure of driving.
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The Saab BioPower Hybrid Concept, the latest development in Saab’s innovative combination of ethanol BioPower and hybrid technology, makes its U.S. debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.This unique concept, showcased in a Saab 9-3 Convertible, is the first vehicle to combine fossil fuel-free bio-ethanol fuel (E100) capability with electric-only propulsion by utilizing the advanced 2-mode hybrid system that General Motors is co-developing with DaimlerChrysler and BMW Group. The Saab BioPower Hybrid Concept is capable of zero fossil fuel CO 2 emissions while also enhancing performance and reducing energy consumption.
The latest development of Saab’s innovative combination of BioPower and hybrid technology is presented at the British International Motor Show (July 20 – 30) in London: The Saab BioPower Hybrid Concept.
This unique concept, showcased in a Saab 9-3 Convertible, is the first vehicle to combine a fossil-free bioethanol fuel (E100) capability with electric-only propulsion by utilizing the advanced two-mode hybrid system which General Motors Corp. is co-developing with DaimlerChrysler and BMW (...)
Saab Great Britain is delighted to announce the world premiere of the 210 bhp 2.3t BioPower engine in the new-look Saab 9-5 Saloon and Estate range. This car will be unveiled at the British International Motor Show which will be held in London in July. The addition of another BioPower variant, delivering 14 per cent more power and 11 per cent more torque whilst substantially cutting fossil carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions when running on bioethanol E85 fuel, will extend Saab’s leadership of (...)
The World’s first fossil fuel free hybrid, the Saab 9-3 Convertible BioPower Hybrid Concept Car, steps out of Sweden for the first time. Combining pure bioethanol with electric power on demand, the Saab 9-3 Convertible BioPower Hybrid Concept is also the world’s first hybrid soft-top.
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Having made its world premiere at the Stockholm Motor Show earlier in 2006, this is the first time that the ground-breaking Saab 9-3 Convertible BioPower Hybrid (...)
Making its world premiere at the Stockholm Motor Show today, the ground-breaking Saab BioPower Hybrid Concept delivers zero fossil CO2 emissions, enhanced performance and a range of energy-saving features by combining the use of pure bioethanol fuel and electric power generation for the first time. As the world’s first fossil-free hybrid vehicle, the Saab 9-3 Convertible show car also becomes the world’s first hybrid soft-top.
Saab Hybrid is predicting a debut around 2010, probably as that’s the time the new small Saab, the 9-1 or 9-2 will be due for release.
Of course, Saab wouldn’t just make the same old sort of hybrid that everyone else is making. It’s combining the hybrid technology with E85 to make a car that produces even less pollutants than the record low currently spat out by the Toyota Prius. The Prius releases around 104 grams of carbon dioxide per kilometer. It’s projected that the Saab, running on (...)