Autoweek and the Aero-X

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!!

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5 Comments

  1. So, Brian Nesbitt and Anthony Lo didn’t design the car, and the guys who designed it got the axe? That’s depressing, unless I’m misinterpreting. Did they just get relocated to the new Saab Brand Center in Sweden which they announced around June 2005. Or is the Saab Brand Center maybe just a front to satisfy the Sabististi while the real design work goes on in Rüsselsheim, Germany?

  2. Ted, I think a lot o the staff are staying on but moving. I know of a few that definitely are. Maybe that’s something I can ask a guy I know in follow up to some other questions he’s fielding for me.

    I never know if it’s Saabisti or Saabitisti or Saabacalafragalisticki!!

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