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SAAB concept cars: a quick look

By Model Driver: our newest guest writer

Throughout the years Saab have delighted in showing off their innovative concept cars and seem to thoroughly enjoy tantalising car aficionados. They are a company that thrive off the enjoyment of their fans and are constantly pushing the boundaries with their concept vehicles. Their bold and impressive take on car design is immensely influential on people’s love of their current model designs and is encouraging more fans to buy a new Saab 9-3 than ever.

SAAB Aero X concept car

Saab continually blur the line between reality and science-fiction to show us a glimpse of the not too distant future. However, many of their concept cars are destined to never enter production. They are usually just shown as a taste of what’s to come with some of their features appearing in later models that become available.

The Saab Aero-X for example was unveiled at the Salon International de l’Auto in 2006, and although it’s exquisite features impressed and awed fans it never became commercially available. It did influence some of Saab’s later models though; most notably elements of the Aero-X’s frontal design are evident in the second generation Saab 9-5 and the Saab 9-3 Sports Sedan design refresh.

The exciting SAAB Phoenix concept car

The Saab PhoeniX concept car was recently showcased at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show. It stole many people’s attention with its simple, beautiful design that featured elements from nearly every Saab model ever created. It stirred up quite a fuss and was even awarded the 2011 Auto Express design award.

The PhoeniX’s main draw is, in my opinion, the startling clarity and purity of the design. It doesn’t just look like a high-performance machine; it looks like a powerful creature (this also goes for every other concept car Saab have created). The fusion of aero-dynamics, architecture and ability make this vehicle almost animal-like. It’s not hard to imagine it as a Panther or Tiger. It’s sleek and strong composition are definitely something to look out for in future Saab models. With such an emphasis on showing us the future it’s no wonder that Saab has amassed such a large amount of fans. They’ve been creating concept cars for years, even as far back as 1959 with the experimental Saab Monster.

The monster: a concept car with 2 engines!

The 'Monster' looked deceptively normal, just like any other 93 but under the bonnet SAAB engineers had broken new ground by fitting not one but two engines!

In addition, substantial efforts had been undertaken to reduce all up weight. The resulting first six cylinder SAAB had monster performance too, with around 120mph available from an estimated 135 bhp.

The car went rather further than many concept cars which are often 'more show than go' but the high power and light weight made the car a handful to drive at speed and this gave rise to the monster name.

The car survives to this day and may be seen, along with many other fascinating cars made by our favourite car manufacturer in the SAAB museum collection at Trollhättan (Sweden).

Saab are a force to be reckoned with, and will more likely than not be the car manufacturer that truly steps up and takes vehicular production into the next generation.






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