Wednesday Night Quick Snippets

Jetlag and workload have played their part in tiring out this puppy. I’m bushed.

There’s still some more to come, though. I’m on my way to Sweden tomorrow, where I’ll drop in some more Tim Tams to Peter at the museum, then I head back home. I’m processing one more video now (a quick look around the Geneva Show) and the next entries about PhoeniX and the Independence Edition will come over the next few days.

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There’s a poll over at Autoweek, asking which show car is your favourite. In an exhibition of pointless sentimentalism, the VW Microbus is currently leading the field (the Microbus looked pretty average to me, not at all reminiscent of the real deal).

Feel free to cast your vote.

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A little more press coverage on the PhoeniX…..

From Spiegel Online:

The Swedish brand Saab, which fought a year ago for survival was in Geneva a real surprise: Revealed was a spectacularly styled coupé with the evocative name Phoenix. “We want to provoke,” says Saab’s designers Jason Castriota.

And there’s a glowing study of the PhoeniX at Expressen (yes, a Swedish paper getting excited – woohoo!):

On one level recalls Phoenix, this extremely muscular, aerodynamic sports car, the manufacturer’s model 92 001 in 1947, designed by Sixten Sason when SAAB began to broaden its production from airplanes to cars. But on another level carries its evocative curves promises of a future science fiction world.

At the same time nostalgic and futuristic Phoenix is an incredibly bold demonstration of Saab’s confidence in its brand name and its future success in the market.

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Hemmings ponder the rise of the airplane logo – yes, it was very much noticed.

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Video to come later.

SW

maanders
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maanders
5 years 6 months ago

PhoeniX is catching up on the Microbus….only 0.7% behind currently!

You know what to do. 😉

maanders
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maanders
5 years 6 months ago

By the way, has anyone heard from young Jake in a while? Last saw word of him in the Hi-Po submissions about a month ago. I would think he would be very interested in all the stuff the last few days from the Geneva show.

Curvin O'Rielly
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Curvin O'Rielly
5 years 6 months ago

Homework? Grounded? Hope he’s okay.

Jake
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Jake
5 years 6 months ago
Maanders- I’m still here! I just has too much work thesedays to read and respond to comments. It’s an EXTREMELY busy time for e right now. I have to play saxophone for about 2-5 hours a day for a concert this weekend, and as much as I’d like to make time for comments, I only have time for the articles… Thanks so much for caring, though! It means a lot to me. I hope to be at the next Swedish Car Day in Boston where my brother currently lives, so maybe I’ll meet some of you guys there. I can’t… Read more »
maanders
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maanders
5 years 6 months ago

No worries, Jake. Glad to hear you are doing fine and had time to read the news, even if you did not have time to post comments. Good luck with your concert!

Jake
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Jake
5 years 6 months ago

Thanks, maanders! The concert, while stressful to prepare for, should be extremely rewarding…

Jake
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Jake
5 years 6 months ago

P.S. I just posted my opinions on the cars below….

GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 6 months ago

Done, Saapie power!

Plus that that VW is so unbelievably ugly and is just exploiting some nostalgic sentiments, ugh.

maanders
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maanders
5 years 6 months ago

Wow! There must not be many votes cast yet as the PhoeniX has jumped into first place by about 16% in just the last few minutes. Nice job, GerritN. 🙂

GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 6 months ago

Me can click really, really fast!

Joachim
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5 years 6 months ago

haha..

SteveW
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SteveW
5 years 6 months ago

Just want to say that the coverage from Geneva has been superb. Many thanks.

maanders
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maanders
5 years 6 months ago

Wow! That Hemmings blog post says, “…our friend Steven Wade….”. You sure do make an impression, sir! But then, Steven Wade is a friend to all who have a warm spot in their hearts for Saab. 🙂

Mark
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Mark
5 years 6 months ago

Steven kindly took time from his hectic schedule to query Jason C. on behalf of the Saabisti of the “Hemmings Nation,” so he deserves all of the credit!

turbin
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turbin
5 years 6 months ago

Re: Airplane logo, WOOHOO! My 9000 Anniversary seats are even cooler now!

Jake
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Jake
5 years 6 months ago

I LOVE the airplane logo…

If Saab could replace their wordmark with the airplane, I’d buy a logo just to have one…

martinsaab
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martinsaab
5 years 6 months ago

Can’t find the poll! Help! 🙂

GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 6 months ago

http://www.autoweek.com/section/carnews

right hand side

Let’s crush the competition!

GerritN
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GerritN
5 years 6 months ago

Ha, ha, they didn’t notice that I’m running virtual machines. Another vote towards the jackpot.

Jeff
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Jeff
5 years 6 months ago

63.5% of the vote suddenly. How did that happen? 😉

Jake
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Jake
5 years 6 months ago

Sneaky, Gerrit, sneaky…

But… I approve! 😀

Tomas TL1000R
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Tomas TL1000R
5 years 6 months ago

37,1 % This community will fix the win as usual!

martinsaab
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martinsaab
5 years 6 months ago

Thanks, GerritN.
49% and going on… 🙂

maanders
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maanders
5 years 6 months ago

Yes! The PhoeniX is leaving the VW Microbus in the dust….or is that in the swirling air currents channeled off the back end details of the PhoeniX? 😉

Golfhunter
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5 years 6 months ago

I have uploaded the others parts of J.Castriota speaking about the PhoeniX during a roundtable interview yesterday
http://saab.skynetblogs.be/archive/2011/03/02/jason-castriota-part-1-2.html

Dan
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5 years 6 months ago

I’m even more confident now the airplane logo was purely a bit of fun for the concept car.

Arild
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5 years 6 months ago

Great work Swade and Red J at the motor show!

Swade, when you’re in Sweden, drop by Björn Envall and ask him what he thinks about the PhoeniX concept. It would be interesting to know what he thinks about the design. Anyways, have a nice trip to the heart of Saabland. 🙂

wilfried
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wilfried
5 years 6 months ago

what microbus ?

wilfried
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wilfried
5 years 6 months ago
… but let us not fake that poll, keep it honest you fellow saabists ! I’m deeply impressed by the phoenix-concept itself, didn’t expect anything like that, and I’m impressed with the coverage of the event over here at saabsunited. Somehow you can feel the same buzz as some 10 years ago at the moment the Maurer 9X-concept appeared and many people thought: “yes, that was about time those trolls woke up”. I hope this time it turns out to be a more prosperious period after the concept and a lot of features will appear in the production cars. Job… Read more »
Steve C.
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Steve C.
5 years 6 months ago

We SUers must be voting – it was slow to record my vote and as of 5:45 PM EST, the Saab PhoeniX is at 61%!

Pacca
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Pacca
5 years 6 months ago

What colour is it on the 9-5 SW that we can see on the pictures from Geneva? Is it new?

Lars S
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Lars S
5 years 6 months ago

I’m getting more positive about the PhoeniX. I still don’t really like the look of it but I’m beginning to love its existance and what it appears to mean for Saab in terms of attention and good publicity.

Radu
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Radu
5 years 6 months ago

Vote casted! PhoeniX rulez!

Jake
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Jake
5 years 6 months ago
Long time, no commenting for me! But, the Phoenix is FANTASTIC!!! It’s my desktop. I LOVE the flying buttresses. The butt is slightly iffy, though… The Griffin is nice! It doesn’t seem too blingy to me, and as much as I wanted a more drastic facelift, it still is an acceptable one, considering that it’s only gonna be on the market until October 2012. I DON”T like the ice-block headlights, though… That 9-5 wagon: Sexy as hell. Only words I have for it. Besides 7-series-as-a-much-more-tasteful-and-pretty-Swedish-wagon, of course… Good to be back, even if it’s just for one comment… -Jake
Svx92
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Svx92
5 years 6 months ago

67.8%

saabdude
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saabdude
5 years 6 months ago

Now at 72.1% as of 0809 EST. 😀

All others fading fast.

SteveW
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SteveW
5 years 6 months ago

Love the aeroplane logo especially lit up with rear lights / brake lights. That would be a great little detail on a new 9-3 hatch. People could even see in the dark what you are driving!

rune
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5 years 6 months ago

One of the hallmarks of this concept is its widespread use of the classic Saab “airplane” logo, something not seen on Saab cars since 1973.

The leather seats in my 1997 Saab 9000 beg to differ. The “old” airplane logo is still very much alive. 🙂 At least in our hearts.

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