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Saab Collects Top Design Trophy

16.November, 2006 @09:11     Coupe News

• Aero X design study named ‘Concept of the Year’ by Autocar
• Coupe praised for stylish design and aircraft influences

51669saaThe stunning Saab Aero X Concept has been crowned ‘Concept Car of the Year’ by Britain’s longest-established car magazine. At the ceremony in London the Saab Aero X was praised for its dynamic stance and the designers’ constant references to Saab’s aircraft heritage, including its innovative wraparound windscreen, turbine wheels and canopy-style cockpit.
Presenting the award, Autocar editor Chas Hallett said: “The Aero X takes familiar Saab design cues and shows how they can be incorporated into modern architecture and plausibly extended even to a 400bhp super-coupe. “The fact that the car also proposes futuristic fascia and interior elements, which are as plausible as they are original, and demonstrates how much better a car can be without windscreen pillars, just makes it better.”

51669-b-saaThe award adds to the trophies won by the Aero X. When it was first shown at Geneva Motor Show earlier this year, the concept was awarded the coveted ‘Best of Show’ honour by US magazine Autoweek, which is also widely seen as one of the world’s most influential titles. “We are very proud of this award,” said Bryan Nesbitt, executive director of Design for General Motors Europe. “The Saab Aero X is much more than just a concept car. It is a testament to the design direction we’re taking Saab in the future.”

51669-a-saaThe Aero X is also a clear definition of Saab’s commitment to fossil-free propulsion. To make sure the Aero X has the performance to match its looks, the concept is powered by a 400bhp turbocharged V6 BioPower engine that can run entirely on pure E100 bioethanol. As with the styling, the powertrain is a strong hint at what lies in the future for Saab. This is the second year in a row that GM Europe’s design team has garnered this award from Autocar. Last year, the Opel Antara GTC was crowned the winner.