Saab has a stunning surprise for
The Aero X Concept was inspired by the aviation heritage of Saab and has a cockpit canopy, like those on jet aircraft. The bold design has a sculpted tail that covers a twin luggage compartment with a conventional hatch opening and sliding drawer underneath. Inside, there are no dials or buttons; Saab has used techniques derived from Swedish glass and precision instrument making to display data on glass-like acrylic clear panels in graphic 3D images. Interior and exterior lighting is LED-type.
The concept is equipped with a 2.8-liter BioPower V-6 fueled by bioethanol and, Saab says, would cut carbon dioxide emissions. The V-6 is teamed to a seven-speed, double clutch automated manual transmission. The engine has 400 hp and 369 lb-ft between 2000 and 5000 rpm, which in theory would thrust the concept car from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds and give it a (limited) top speed of 155 mph. Active chassis management and all-wheel drive are featured, the latter with variable front/rear torque split. The body of the Aero X would be made of lightweight carbon fiber, Saab says. -Henny Hemmes
2006 Geneva Motor
Show Preview, Part I
Aero-X: Born From the Corvette
2006 Saab Aero-X Concept
2006 Saab Aero-X Concept
2006 Geneva Show
Preview, Part II (2/19/2006)
New VW Concept A, Porsche 911 Turbo, BMW WRC car.
Lutz Calls for "Decoupled Development"
A new approach to
developing advanced technology, from powertrains to folding hardtops, should
speed up product development at GM, while also reducing cost, asserted the
automaker's product chief, Bob Lutz. Know as "decoupled development," the
concept means that GM engineers will work on new hardware even before they know
what vehicles it might be used in. "Very often," he noted, "incorporating
something new into a vehicle program is where you have your problems." However,
once a new system is developed, Lutz explained, "engineers can pull it off the
shelf and put it on their vehicles" without delay. Decoupled development would
have been particularly helpful with the Pontiac G6 convertible, the GM car czar
suggested. The mid-size model was initially delayed because of problems with its
folding hardtop. If GM had developed the hardware separately, the problems would
have been fixed already, Lutz insisted, noting that
Camaro Going Ahead; Mini-HUMMER Back On Schedule
"All of us are
hoping (the Camaro) will be a production-approved program" in the very near
future, said GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, adding that "We're all working on it as
if it were an approved program." The "heritage" Camaro, which debuted in
January, proved one of the most popular concepts at this year's
The Camaro That Almost
Was by TCC Team
How GM's hot concept pony car got that way.
MINI's "Wild Brother"
2006 MINI Cooper S JCW
No BMW Without Racing
2006 BMW Z4 M Coupe
2007 BMW Z4 M
by Henny Hemmes (2/27/2006)
A driver's car, minus the roof.
BMW Readying New Hydrogen 7-Series for Public Sale
"The challenge" for manufacturers like BMW is to come up with environmental-friendly technology that doesn't take away from the joy of driving, declared BMW CEO Helmut Panke. And one way to do that is with hydrogen, he told TheCarConnection.com during a Geneva Motor Show preview. Panke said he "will confirm" that within two years, a version of the 7-Series sedan will be put on the market capable of using both hydrogen and gasoline. "It will not be just a test car," but will be offered to the pubic, Panke emphasized. Unlike some makers, which are developing futuristic fuel cell systems, BMW has chosen to focus on using hydrogen to power a relatively conventional, internal combustion engine. By going bi-fuel with the 7-er, a buyer would be able to run on conventional gasoline when unable to find a hydrogen pump. At the moment, there are perhaps a few dozen of those in operation anywhere in the world.
FROM THE SOURCE headlines from the latest press releases
The 13th annual Auto Interiors Show will launch June 7 when GM Vice Chairman Bob Lutz, the company's consummate "product guy," takes to the podium at Cobo Center in Detroit to share his thoughts on GM's turnaround and how interior design is playing a key role in strengthening vehicle sales and brand image. Lutz joins a solid two-day roster of speakers and conference sessions that will cover a full range of topics related to interiors, from interior economics and safety; to interior design and branding; to electronics, in-car entertainment, and materials.
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