Cars Coming Soon->Will GM Save Saab Again?

Saab logo

How’s this for irony:

In 2009 General Motors nearly killed off Saab along with Pontiac, Saturn and Hummer. But in the first days of 2010, the General sold Saab to Spyker. Saab fanatics rejoiced. We were skeptical, even back then, about Saab’s long-term prosperity.

Today Spyker is in deep financial trouble with Saab and has one last-ditch plan to save the brand. The plan involves a sketchy Russian billionaire, the Swedish government and, wouldn’t you know it, rests on the approval of General Motors.

We should have Elton John write a song, because this is an incredible example of the Circle of Life in the auto world.

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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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