GENEVA - Saab
broke the ice tonight on the eve of the Geneva Motor Show
by creating a Scandinavian atmosphere to reveal its stunning
Aero X Concept car at the GM Premiere Night. As the Aero
X emerged in dramatic fashion amid 55 tons of specially
imported Swedish ice, Saab's managing director Jan-Åke Jonsson
said: "This car makes a powerful statement for the brand.
It demonstrates that Saab is on the move and speaks for
the confidence GM has in us. It also shows how far we can
take the Saab brand in the future and will inspire our designers
as they define how our brand's character will be expressed
in the next-generation of Saab cars."
Photo: Automotive Intelligence
The Aero X is an exciting
sports coupé that harnesses the power of Saab's aircraft and Scandinavian
design roots. Its innovative features include an aircraft-style
cockpit canopy, eliminating the need for doors, and a 400 bhp, twin-turbo,
V6 BioPower engine fuelled by pure bioethanol, giving zero fossil
CO2 emissions. Inside, the cabin utilizes techniques derived from
Swedish glass and precision instrument making to display data in
graphic 3-D images on glass-like acrylic 'clear zones', eliminating
conventional dials and switches.
Anthony Lo, Director
of Advanced Design GM Europe, who led the Aero X design team, said:
"This car is what you get when you allow designers to take Saab's
rich heritage and dream. But the Aero X is much more than that -
it's a canvas to explore the potential signature cues for Saab's
next generation product portfolio."