Saab PhoeniX Has Winglets and Butterfly Doors

Saab PhoeniX concept

I can see those superfluous winglets in the photos, but what are butterfly doors, and if they are gullwing doors, why aren’t they so named? Do they flap? Styling-wise, most everything in this concept exercise is a little forced. And it looks like a Batmobile.

Spyker-Saab’s new (ex-Ferrari) hotshot design director Jason Castriota talks such blather as “aeromotional design” principles (deriving from aerodynamics), but what’s new about that? Cars and people like this are what give concepts, even Geneva concepts, a bad name.

There are really only two reasons to produce a concept car: to get reaction to a car that’s likely to see production, and to create a styling exercise like this—probably to gauge response to the parts rather than the whole.

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Alfa Romeo, Lamborghini, Saab and Toyota Thrill in Geneva

Saab PhoeniX concept

No matter how snowy or cold the winter gets, I know I can always count on the Geneva Motor Show to provide some relief from the doldrums of the dark season.

If pictures of the latest in sports-car concepts and hot production vehicles don’t get your mind looking toward spring, you might want to check your pulse.

While the show hasn’t seen a showstopper like last year’s Porsche 918 Spyder, this year’s crop of goodness includes the latest Toyota FT-86, a U.S.-bound Alfa Romeo 4C, the Lamborghini Aventador, and an all-new look for Saab.

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Green Update–>MINI Rocketman and VW Bulli at Geneva

MINI Rocketman

The MINI Rocketman has got to be the most intriguing small-car concept at Geneva. It has every imaginable gadget and electronic gizmo crammed into a package of some charm. And finally the company is getting back to the size and style of its 1959 ancestor.

Over time, MINIs have gotten somewhat bloated—witness the Countryman. The Rocketman fits three, maybe four, into its cabin, courtesy of sliding seats and weirdly hinged doors, as the car configures itself to your needs.

At the rear, a pull-out drawer holds your luggage. Inside, a track-ball on the steering wheel controls the electronics. A removable center controller can be taken into the house and plugged into a computer to download music, navigation info, etc., and brought back to the car for the next trip.

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