We already knew that Autoweek loved the Aero-X. They named it as their best car in the 2006 Geneva Motor Show.
Now they’ve joined the lucky bunch of press groups that have driven it. And they still like it. A lot
Aero-X is a dream car. The Saab/GM advanced design center in Pixbo, Sweden, got the ax in 2005, and Aero-X is, in a sense, Pixbo’s final, heroic episode. The design team—David Leary and Erik Rokke for the interior, and Alex Daniel for the exterior and oversight of construction in Italy at G-Studio—decided to stretch the brand cues to the limit. The result is equal parts serious two-seater GT and cool Scandinavian spirit.
The Aero-X has put Saab back on the radar of a lot of journos that had pretty much written them off as a type of well-appreciated also-ran. It’s now GM’s and Saab’s task to capitalise on the new interest and inspire a new generation of Saab owners with vehicles as innovative and progressive as the spirit shown in the Aero-X (if not a production version of the Aero-X itself).
The final word goes to Alex Daniel, exterior designer:
The question is: Can the suffering Swedish firm ever do anything for production as totally engaging as this? As remarkable as the original 99 Turbo was at the 1977 Frankfurt show? Both GM Europe design boss Bryan Nesbitt and global product czar Bob Lutz want to see this happen.
“If anything comes of it, most likely we could do a slightly smaller-scale two-seater with some of these design cues,” says Daniel. “At the very least, it’s out there now, no one was expecting it, and it has a lot of people talking about Saab. That’s a great feeling.”
A great feeling, indeed.
I’ll say it again, the interior on this beast is just sensational!!