Details emerging

Feb 12 – There’s an update below. 

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The first tidbits of information are starting to come out about the concept to be unveiled in Geneva on February 27.  I can tell you, from a reliable source, that the concept has been named

Aero-X 

Information is scant and there’s no pictures, but I can tell you the following:

The Concept Car Saab Aero-X is going to be a real highlight. With the unveiling of the spectacular sportscar at the Geneva show, the following key values from Saab will be shown:

  • Saab’s unique heritage as plane constructor
  • A clear design tradition with Scandinavian roots
  • progress and innovation

UPDATE!!

Johan, in comments, says the following:

"With the world premiere of the Saab Aero X and the European debut of the Saab 9-5 BioPower the Scandinavian brand shows two concept cars which are powered by the eco-friendly renewable energy source bioethanol. While the Aero X The car has a 400-hp Bio-Power twin-turbocharged engine the Saab 9-5 BioPower Concept is driven by a turbo powerplant with a displacement of 2.3 liters. It delivers a higher maximum performance by almost 20 percent (310 hpvs. 260 hp) and a 25 percent more powerful torque (440 Nm vs. 350 Nm) than its gasoline equivalent as well as significantly reduced CO2 emissions." 

 

I haven’t been able to find that press release, Johan.  If you have a link for it, please add it into commentsLink found (Thanks Johan)!!  As Johan mentions, with these numbers it appears that Saab may have Biopowered the V6 engine.  With 400hp and that "X" designation, I think AWD is a decent bet. 

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That’s all I’ve got at the moment, people – but it’s a heck of a lot more than we had before.

Aero-X?  Is there a hint of AWD in that name?  The mind boggles!  Bring on February 27!! 

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19 Comments

  1. Oh, man, this is breath taking! I guess we will see an AWD SAAB this time. SAAB did some serious talks with Haldex in 2002/2003 about an AWD system. VW and Volvo are among the cars using Haldex AWD system. I can’t wait to see what SAAB will bring to Geneva!
    Go, go, go, SAAB!

  2. Hello!

    This is also said from a GM pressrelease dated 10th feb 2006:
    “With the world premiere of the Saab Aero X and the European debut of the Saab 9-5 BioPower the Scandinavian brand shows two concept cars which are powered by the eco-friendly renewable energy source bioethanol. While the Aero X The car has a 400-hp Bio-Power twin-turbocharged engine the Saab 9-5 BioPower Concept is driven by a turbo powerplant with a displacement of 2.3 liters. It delivers a higher maximum performance by almost 20 percent (310 hpvs. 260 hp) and a 25 percent more powerful torque (440 Nm vs. 350 Nm) than its gasoline equivalent as well as significantly reduced CO2 emissions.”

    400 hp bioethanol engine, it must be the new V6, or what do you say? WOW!

  3. To me the name makes a lot of sense.
    With Reuters reporting that GM will focus on a Saab Revival.
    I think it is fair to say that after 10years of being in GM’s hands.
    The essence of Saab seems to have been lost.
    New customers will not remember Viggen let alone Griffin. So until True Corporate Identity is finally established. Aero is all GM can use right now

    Quote: Mark LaNeve, GM’s vice president of North American vehicle sales
    “it’s fair to say that we haven’t been real tightly focused on what segments we’re going to compete in,” he said of the Saab division. “Everyone knows Volvo stands for safety and no one was sure what Saab stands for. The products were just as good, if not better.”

    LaNeve went on to say on to say “Saab’s “Born from Jets” ad campaign launched several months ago aims to change that, LaNeve said. The ads focus on Saab’s heritage as a company founded by 16 aircraft engineers, emphasizing the brand’s performance.”

    …..

    Although performance is a main ingredient on the Saab identity,
    I think LeNeve should have gone on to mention that GM’s aim will be to re-affirm the key identity of Saab, which should embody.
    Driver focused performance, engineered for economy and versatility with a vital concentration on safety.

    In my opinion we should promoting that a Safe car doesn’t have to be boring.

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  4. I agree with WooDz except that I would like safety to be the highest priority. However, that’s a hard sell with the 3-star rating (out of 5) of the 9-7x at the US NHTSA. I can’t wait for a replacement for that vehicle.

  5. Watching the olympics last night, GM ran an ad on e85, that was fairly long in describing what it was and that it was comming, and not once was Saab mentioned. They showed suburbans and other chevy cars, boo! At least Saab has a production e85 model.

  6. I find it interesting (and a little tedious) how GM bangs on about Saab’s aircraft heritage and how that inspires the cars. It doesn’t. Not really. Not any more. It is merely a marketing gimmick. It’s The General’s propaganda machine in full swing trying to flog cars on the back of a false ideal.

    Furthermore, this thing about Saab having unique heritage as an aircraft constructor? Well, I am not entirely sure just how unique that is?

    “In 1946, the Bristol Aeroplane Company, one of the world’s most successful aviation manufacturers diversified into car manufacture. In 1960 it was persuaded to join with others to form the British Aircraft Corporation (later British Aerospace). At that time the car division (Bristol Cars Ltd) passed into private hands.” [source: http://www.bristolcars.co.uk/BristolFighter.htm ]

  7. Is it more sense then to mention other GM products in that matter? I don’t think so. Off course they should have mentioned the SAAB Biopower concept in that ad. Actually, it ain’t a concept anymore. In my part of the world, Europe, there is an encreasing sale of Biopower vehicles. In Sweden they sold out the 2006 forecasted amount of Biopowered SAAB cars already in 2005! I know about President Bush’ speak about the cut in the US oil addiction, but as far as I recall I also heard some of the former US Presidents talking about the same issues years back. Maybe the timing is right here and now, and maybe GM should have used their success in Europe, or at least in Sweden, to pinpoint what they wanna focus on in the future regarding alternative fuel. But maybe a initiatives like this must be “US-born” if success shall be granted in the US? Off course we have a long way to go here in Europe as well when it comes to alternative fuel, but we have at least started and SAAB is actually now playing a very important role in that ‘play’.

    Have a nice weekend, all! ;/)

  8. John, I think sometimes we get tuned out to the aircraft inspiration as we’re so immersed in the brand’s culture and used to the cars ourselves.

    Yesterday, we had some people visiting us from New South Wales. I had to drop our son off at a friend’s house so I invited our NSW friend to come along for the ride (in the 9-5 I have for the weekend).

    The first thing he said when he got into the car: “Geez it looks like the cockpit of a plane!!”

    He had no previous experience with Saabs. When I told him about the aircraft roots it made complete sense to him.

    And if any of you sensed some sarcasm in johno’s enthusiastic comment then please forgive. That’s my Honda-driving brother-in-law in Melbourne having a little fun. I’ll get him into a Saab one day.

  9. What is it about the current Saabs that is inspired by aircraft?

    – Night panel button?
    – airplane shaped handle in boot of 9-3 Combi?
    – vortex trails and roaring jet noises in the tv advert for the SportCombi?

    The point is, Saab Automobile split from Saab Aircraft a long time ago (I can’t remember when, now) and now we have an American company making European cars in Germany and telling us that they are inspired by aircraft. C’mon!

  10. Nothing heard from “Djupstrupe”? He should know what’s hiding behind the curtains. It was some time since we saw him and his pictures around your site.

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