cos you need them! LEARN!
cos you need them! LEARN!
I gotta say, i’m excited to see what SAAB comes up with in the next few years. I always loved SAAB as a company, but found GM to be a corrupting party in their uniqueness and product line. Here’s to hoping SPYKER brings some fun back to the brand.
The rumour is that the original SAAB 99 is the inspiration behind a new working concept under the working name “92” or”9-2″
About a year ago, IEDEI had ranted about SAAB and it’s lack of current identity.
It is starting to look more and more that SAAB may find it again!
some renderings/possibilities that have been circulating:
It’s an exciting time for SAAB in IEDEI’s opinion. They get a fresh start, under a native Swedish company, with alot of press in the last 6-12 months and only one way to go: UP.
The CEO of SAAB-SPYKER has been hinting that the Saab Aero X Concept (2006) could get built, even saying “it deserves to be built”. Motor Authority are reporting there may be an increasing chance it does get based, possibly on the existing Spyker Aileron platform. As a concept, it was definitely a stunning example of SAAB design….and what better way to relaunch the company than to make a statement.
GO ON THEN! Build it!
Amidst the soap opera of what has become SAAB, The SAAB-Spyker deal seems to be building confidence in its conclusion. The latest positive sign seems to be that after over a year of US market dormancy, the SAAB 9-3X has been added to US dealer order lists! It will be months til customers get their orders filled, and maybe this is a way for the company to gauge interest in products after all the hooplah….but it seems that the 9-3X would nicely fill the gap that the Audi Allroad’s absence in the US market has created; an upscale, european wagon with AWD.
To all those people who have been rooting for SAAB to be rescued, this is your time to walk the walk and place your order for a pretty cool AWD wagon. Good decision SAAB, now back up all this talk with some kick ass new products, and success will be yours!!
All hail the rescue of SAAB. I was rooting for it all along, and now it seems it has happened. Spyker, with the deep $600 million help of the Swedish government, has had their bid accepted by the fat slobs at GM.
Rumour is that upcoming SAAB models will be known as SAAB SPYKER. The 9-5 (new) will be released in the US market later in 2010.
Great news. Good luck, Spyker!
An original 1977 promotional film outlining the (at the time) new Saab 99 Turbo.
Rumour is that the Swedish government have called emergency meetings to meet with GM! Maybe Saab will survive!?
In honor of the beating of Saab that’s occuring at the moment, today’s foto of the day is devoted to the ORIGINAL 1st Saab ever made..URSaab, the Saab 92. It had a drag coefficient of 0.30 (!!!) in 1947! Amazing.
DO NOT LET SAAB DIE, SWEDEN!!!
Why can’t GM get interiors right? They design a reasonably nice exterior for this new Chevy Cruze, and then when I rummaged through the promo photos of the INTERIOR—–i started to think it reminded me of something….and then i remembered. I then searched, and then confirmed the truth. Why GM? Why can you not make a nice, clean, functional interior without making it look like a drunk 11-year old designed the dash and buttons?
Chevy Cruze interior VS. cheesy early 90s boom box
I loved Saabs growing up….I always used to wish my parents would buy one. Eventually my mum bought a 1999 Saab 9-3 with my pushing, however overall it was a dissappointing car. By that time, Saab had already disintegrated into a puddle of poo laid by General Motors.
How can a company, which built the utterly charming, classic, and timeless original Saab 900s of the 70s and 80s LOSE THE PLOT like Saab has? Was it puretly GM screwing it all up? Or did Saab, as a company, just give up! I’m not sure of the truth, but I am sure that this company has all but gone down the tubes completely.
There is one solution, in my opinion. Saab needs to get back to their roots. Abandon all this 9-3, 9-5 crap….and start focusing on the 900 line of cars again. BRING BACK THE SAAB 900, YOU FOOLS!!!
If i had the money, i would buy this infected company, fire all the useless designers who keep believing that the rubbish 9-5 design is great and should be ‘tweaked’ every 2 years to try and reinvent the car—–and come up with a young, fresh, design team who loved the old 900 growing up…..and GO RETRO. Yeah, i know lots of people hate that word; “retro”, but in a case like this—-the 900 should have been to Saab what the 911 was to Porsche. It should have become an evolving design with evolving performance.
Shame on you, Saab—-for screwing it all up. I AM ALSO LOOKING AT YOU, Volvo!
Here’s a rendering i found online, not exactly what i’m thinking of—-but a good start!
I was born and raised in Detroit. I know what an original late 60s Camaro is supposed to look like, and while Chevrolet can desperately try to associate this new 2010 Chevy Camaro as a throwback to the original, it is clearly NOT a clone of the original.
The recent release of the Dodge Challenger, was a blatant style tribute to the original 197o Challenger, although as previously discussed on IEDEI—not an especially accurate or interesting design job.
The 2010 Chevy Camaro is a robotic, hi-tech, warped, twisted, version of the original Chevy Camaro. I know for a fact (from people who work close to GM), that when this Camaro was designed as a concept a few years ago for the North American International Auto Show—its conception was rushed and pushed out to the public without putting much care into the design. Fortunately for GM, the design was successful with the Auto Show crowd—–the same sad crowd who wait in lines to sit in cars like the Dodge Avenger. Not really the crowd you want telling you what to put in production, is it?
Either way, the new car will sell by the bucketloads, and for Detroit’s sake—i do hope GM recover from their dire puddle they’re sitting in at the moment. I hope it shakes them up, and they stop producing rubbish cars and get back to the glory of the 50s and 60s.
Camaro Vs. Camaro.
these are great!