Last month I wrote a post spelling out the new Saabs we can expect to see in 2011 and at which show we might see them.
I’m not sure how right I was, but by the looks of the 2011 Geneva Motor Show invitation, there might not be a lot left for later on in the year. Geneva’s going to be HUGE!
If the imagery on the invitation is deliberate – and one would have to think it is – then we will see four vehicle debuts at the Geneva Motor Show:
UPDATE: I’m a cock.
Just look up the freaking web address on the image, which I completely overlooked because I was too excited playing detective. It spells out which model is which. At least I got them right.
These invitations were sent out in the last day or so and this one was forwarded to me by the guys at Dimini.ch (who sell the best Saab scale models you’ll ever see – I’ve just ordered a 900 Turbo and a 99Turbo to add to my collection and will pick them up in Geneva).
Ok, so what are we looking at here?
I believe the draping is deliberately constructed to give us a hint as to what we’re looking at. Obviously, showing some color and vehicle feature is part of the ploy.
Closest to ‘camera’ we have the Saab 9-5 wagon. No prizes there.
Furthest from camera we have the Saab Design Concept that they’ll unveil there to show the general direction that Saab Design will take under Jason Castriota. That car’s completely unknown, hence the drapery hiding absolutely everything.
That leaves two other cars in the middle.
My guess is that the second car, in a shade of what looks to be almost an orange-red color, is the Saab 9-3 Independence Edition convertible. The color of that vehicle is ‘Sunset Red’ and that orangey-red color looks very sunsettish to me.
I predicted a NY Auto Show debut for that one as it’s expected to go on sale in May. Given that Independence Day is this month, however, maybe it’s pointless holding the vehicle beyond Geneva.
The third vehicle?
Possibly the Griffin Edition Saab 9-3 that we might see MY2011.5?
I don’t know, but it’ll sure be one hell of an interesting show.