There’s traffic flying all over the place. It’s been a crazy week, but starting to settle now. Edmunds have reported that the Aero-X images we’ve seen this week are "incomplete renderings" as told to them by GM.
They also reported that it’s quite likely that there was nothing inadverdant about the inadverdant release (leak) of the pictures. Which is an interesting note for them to finish on. Especially in the light of what Bill Bartman’s written in comments:
As to the Aero-X’s mechanicals, I checked today with an acquaintance who has inside contact with SAAB Sweden (and Germany), and he said that 3.0 liter engine being mentioned for Aero-X is pure SAAB, i.e., not some GM retread. GM wants to kill the true SAAB engines like the 2.0 and 2.3 — in fact it’s said as much — and my contact said the use of biopower in the 2.3 and putting the 3.0 in the concept car is SAAB’s way of putting its continuing engine development in GM’s face. The relationship is an ever uncomfortable alliance, I’m told, and the contact said SAAB can be jerks about it. "They want GM’s money, but they don’t want GM’s interference," he laughed.
Without actually trying to be disrespectful towards GM, whose money has kept my favourite car company afloat, let me say I’m on the side of the Swedes. Always will be. If there really is some bad blood in all this, here’s hoping Saab can find a home where its innovation can be nurtured and grown. And soon. I still haven’t given up on Porsche (yes, call me stupid).
I do a fair bit of homework in preparing this stuff, but at the end of the day I’m just a guy with an opinion – just like you. OK, I’ve invested a little in software so I can express it, but still it’s just my opinions and thoughts. I therefore have a very healthy respect for all the comments posted here.
I just wanted to say that so I could say this….
If I hear another comment about the impracticality of the Aero-X because it doesn’t have a proper boot/trunk that opens at knee level (or whatever) then I think I’ll vomit all over my screen. It’s a sports car, dammit. The fact that it only has 2 seats should indicate that it’s not meant to be totally practical, it’s meant to be fun. And it’s a concept (broken record alert).
The first mass produced Saab didn’t even have a boot/trunk lid.
I’ll reiterate: I do maintain a healthy respect for all opinions expressed. I just don’t agree with all of them.
Porsche don’t have a company email address on the investor relations site. More digging required. I’d like to know what happened with regard to Section 5.1(2) of the agenda for their annual shareholders meeting back on January 27.