Saab Solution

“Trollhättan, Sweden: Spyker Cars N.V. (Spyker) announces that the intended sale of Saab Automobile Property AB (Saab Property) is still uncertain and subject to the fulfillment of a number of additional conditions imposed by the European Investment Bank (EIB) on Saab Automobile AB (Saab Automobile), General Motors (GM), the Swedish National Debt Office (NDO) and the Swedish Ministries of Finance and Enterprise.” This was a concept car, the PhoeniX, that Saab rolled out at the New York Auto Show last week: According to Jason Castriota, Saab executive design director (and New York native), “The PhoeniX establishes a new reference point for the future of Saab product design.

This was announced yesterday:

“Trollhättan, Sweden: Spyker Cars N.V. (Spyker) announces that the intended sale of Saab Automobile Property AB (Saab Property) is still uncertain and subject to the fulfillment of a number of additional conditions imposed by the European Investment Bank (EIB) on Saab Automobile AB (Saab Automobile), General Motors (GM), the Swedish National Debt Office (NDO) and the Swedish Ministries of Finance and Enterprise.”

This was a concept car, the PhoeniX, that Saab rolled out at the New York Auto Show last week:

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According to Jason Castriota, Saab executive design director (and New York native), “The PhoeniX establishes a new reference point for the future of Saab product design. It symbolizes a renaissance of the innovative spirit and passion that drove Saab to build its first car. We’re now taking the visual DNA forward with what we call ‘aeromotional’ design, adding emotion, power and fluidity. This design aesthetic will shape and differentiate future models in the Saab portfolio.”

This 2+2 has a coefficient of drag of just 0.25. And it is a hybrid, with a 200-hp, 1.6-liter gasoline turbo engine mated to an electrically driven rear axle (a 34-hp motor/generator).

Yes, this is a concept. Yes, it may never see the light of day outside of an auto show.

But you’ve got to believe that if Saab (or any company, for that matter) created production cars that had the panache and appeal of the PhoeniX, issues like selling real estate to pay suppliers probably wouldn’t be an issue.