March 22, 2013 in Jason Castriota Design
Ronnie_Rad said on March 22, 2013
It looks beautiful. Reminds me so much of the og900.
zippy said on March 22, 2013
Well it has a hatchback, thats about it. Saab’s are supposed to be timeless with simple design. This car would not have saved Saab.
Ronnie_Rad said on March 23, 2013
Timeless comes with time. This car never even hit the lot, theres no way to determine timelessness yet.
It has a wedge shape that is extremely reminiscent of the 900. The first photo screams it, especially with the “duck” spoiler. The front looks very “modern” saab, and the rear looks like the older Saabs.
It would be pure speculation to think this car wouldn’t save Saab. Nobody knows that information.
Besides, the OG900 was a VERY testy design for it’s day. Back then, that design was VERY racy and hardly “simple”.
Angelo V. said on March 24, 2013
Zippy: If it was priced right, it MIGHT have saved Saab. Would have needed proper marketing/product positioning. But based on the design, I see a lot of potential that was wasted.
Ralph said on March 22, 2013
Sorry, I still don’t like it. But it occurred to me that many women will probably like it because of the curves.
Miroslav Stanojkovic said on March 22, 2013
Me too. Sorry but no, I just can´t write that I like the design, but hey we all got different taste.
Tani said on March 22, 2013
Looks distinguishable, sporty. I like the front better than the back side.
Graeme Fisher said on March 22, 2013
I’m pleased to retract my previous negative comments.
I really like the look of this version of the car. Thanks Tim and JC. More on the story of it’s development please.
Build it NEVS.
saabyurk said on March 22, 2013
Mike Baughan said on March 23, 2013
The more I look at it, the more I wish it was in my driveway
+1 and make a petrol version.
Black Arrow said on March 22, 2013
Jeff said on March 22, 2013
They finally leaked, I guess that means we have permission to post them then Tim, huh? I guess I’ll put my post up I’ve been holding back.
dave said on March 22, 2013
Looking better, still… would you consider a poll to vote this design vs the version from Gray Design ?
I’m going to say it: though I love the spirit of the Gray design and the form he’s aiming for, it never comes together, and regurgitates the wrong details of Saab design from the last few years of Saab’s existence. It’s so, so wrong.
hum…well, I must say I did a kind of small “poll” myself when talking to non Saab drivers showing both models, and I can assure you the Gray design was the uncontested winner. So I think Nevs has to think a lot where to focus their target customers.
NickB said on March 22, 2013
The Gray design is just that, a “design”. The Castriota version is an actual car that has been built in the flesh. I think a lot of people forget the allowances and changes that have to be made to a design to bring it in line with safety functions, space in the engine bay for the motor, headroom for the back seat passengers, etc. Designs can be beautiful, but they are hardly ever exactly what gets produced to the main stream.
I’m well aware of nowadays design limitations either because of pedestrian security or other engineering features. I just want Saab to prosper and I have serious doubts about this design would work. For me, this is an attempt to revival old car designs. It may work for many Saab fans, but It won’t work for many others (including me). But most important for the brand, is to try to get to a higher number of possible customers and I find this difficult to achieve with a retro design.
maanders said on March 22, 2013
I do not see why think this is a “retro” design. Yes, it is a hatchback, but that is what customers had said was missing in the Saab lineup. This design has some nods to past design language, but when I look at these pictures, I do not think “retro”.
The part I am still trying to get used to is the creases in the side panels. It still looks aerodynamic, but not in the “smooth skin” sort of way that I think of when I think of a Saab.
The worst problem with the Gray design is that it’s forcing modern Saab design details onto a revived Saab 92 shape, and then stretching it all out into a car that most likely is nearly impossible to get into. Forget the small details that need ironing out, the whole design process seems strained. I love the Saab 92. I love the Aero X. And while I love design exercises to blend together certain Saab traits, for me I never saw them coming together. I’m sure there are several people you’ve talked to who liked it, but for every few people who said they liked it, I’m sure there were several more holding back. It’s one thing to critique a professional and be harsh, Jason can take it. But going after an amateur designer just playing seems a tad cruel, which is why I didn’t even want to comment about it in the first place.
Daniel Chicago said on March 22, 2013
regarding dave’s comment “For me, this is an attempt to revival old car designs. It may work for many Saab fans, but It won’t work for many others (including me). But most important for the brand, is to try to get to a higher number of possible customers and I find this difficult to achieve with a retro design.” I always understood Saab as trying to keep its customers happy and not so worried about being #1. Sure, they’d love to win new customers, but most people do not appreciate the uniqueness of a Saab. Most people want to have a BMW for flashiness. But that’s just my opinion.
I understand you guys… but remember, this won’t be the same SAAB anymore. Many things may have to change in order to be a successful company. Just to finish my thoughts, I was never cruel. I say I don’t like it and I won’t buy it. I didn’t like the Phoenix either so I think my design taste is consistent.
Well, I think for companies with a history, “revival of old designs, or not” is an industry trend, not “a Saab thing.” All three American companies (Unless we now consider Chrysler Italian) have leaned heavily on “retro” or “revival” to sell hundreds of thousands of cars—-Mustangs, Camaros, Challengers, Chargers, Impalas, etc. Nameplates and designs themselves. BMW/Mini is the complete essence of “retro.” Mini is completely based on that. VW New Beetle and New, New Beetle that’s now just a Beetle again—-retro. Kia/Huayndai don’t have a long enough history to do retro. If BMW renamed the 1 Series as the 2002 and boxed it up again—-that would fly out of showrooms. They probably don’t need to do that, but they can.
Troels, Denmark said on March 22, 2013
kochje said on March 22, 2013
Still like it ; could be a good alternative when my 9-5 NG is completely driven off .
Thylmuc said on March 22, 2013
imho, Saab is not about retro design, nor about after sales, add-on tuning elements.
In regards to retro, I note the following elements: -wings/fenders on front an back (osoleted by the “Ponton” body) -foot boards (no longer in use) -big grille (obsoleted by efficient engines) -two exhausts (not required/disfunctional on traversally mounted engines) -decorative stripes
Regarding tuning elements, I can see the following: -an “open”-carburator bulb on the bonnet (particularly ridiculous, since the cars does not even have a carburator) -a spoiler (is the shape defective, or why is that needed?) -Oil cooler opening (is there one anyway?) -side skirts
To me, that design needs serious decluttering to become Scandinavian. Even though I believe that the basic shape is good.
Regarding the carburetor bulb, I’m guessing that’s for aero. I’ll find out next week. The big grill has functional reasons besides air intake, as you’ll note in the 3/4 view the large lighter section which is most likely radar cruise control sensors. I’m not seeing the stripes…?
I personally don’t like the spoiler, but understand why it’s their functionally for aero and also its reference to past 900s and 9-3s. The side skirts are certainly in line with the ones on my 9-3.
The stripesare not painted, but are realized as an functionally unmotivated edge below the windows. The side skirts have been there before, yes. So what? I didn’t like them on the old 9-3 either.
I’ll probably take heat for it, but that character line gives the car a planted athletic look that I really, really like. Even Volvo is pulling off a strong shoulder well lately, I’m glad Jason worked an even better one in. The way it proportionally and cleanly integrates into the rear decklid is pretty top notch too. It’s so well done that it’s giving me issues as I kill the spoiler in my tweaking exercises.
WooDz said on March 22, 2013
The grill isn’t as big as AUDI and Lexus and I believe JC kept the grill as small as possible for that reason. The problem with cars today is that the bonnet/hood has got higher due to NCAP crash testing and keeping with a ‘pre-epsilon’ grill design would/could potentially look awkward.
Not sure about your transverse engine theory because I also think Saab would have been looking for a way to go back to Longitudinal mounted engines and possibly a straight 6 from BMW had the Spyker/BMW deal worked out.
Spoiler on the back would definitely be needed regardless of whether it was an aero model or not. Most cars can reach over 100mph these days and that probably would require some sort of high-speed stability with that slopping rear-end. (any still remember the 1st gen Audi TT issues with no spoiler and no downforce)
Personally I’m not overly excited about the design and I think the transition from Phoenix Concept to 9-3 has somehow lost its edge. Yet with virtually every image I’ve ever seen of a new Saab, it never looked half as good as the actual car did in the flesh.
-That Audi has it does not mean that it is not retro. -The bonnet design is just one solution to improved safety. Another one was chosen by Citroen in the C6. Much more elegant, imho. -With FWD, a transverse engine makes more sense. And FWD is something that most Saab drivers will want in the future as well. The BMW engine for the Saab is an i4 that is normally (i.e. in Minis and Peugeots) also mounted transversally. -My 9-3 I has no spoiler, and I regularly drove it at 200 km/h. No problemo. I am certain that better, invisible solutions can be found.
Silas said on March 22, 2013
If you’re drying a NG 9-3 then you have the boot lid to create the rear down force that the hatchback wouldn’t have. This has as smooth sloping rear end and needs that lip for control. They could design it more into the shape of the car in lieu of a separate mounted spoiler but sometimes it looks better to have it defined separately than to have it integrated in the design of the car.
My OG 9-3 has a pretty big spoiler. I actually like it. This one has a duckbill characteristic to it that is just a tad too retro for me. See if you miss it when it’s gone later this weekend in my next post.
Red J said on March 22, 2013
My OG 9-3 had no spoiler, and I always looked at the other OG 9-3 with envy!!
Jeff said on March 24, 2013
Soren Christensen said on March 22, 2013
I live it very much. That design would have reached out to people currently looking to Audi and BMW while keeping most the “usual suspects” hanging around. Looks so much better than previously released photos. I would buy that car.
SpinM said on March 22, 2013
Now this is a considerable improvement over what we saw in previously published pics. The design language is strong and distinctively Saaby. The tail is unmistakable Saab and classy. Very confident. The side seems a litle bit iffy where the sideline turns from concave to convex somewhere toward the end of the bonett. But otherwise it’s strong. The bonett and front seem to have suffered somewhat because of pedestrian regulations. But overall, I like it a lot. Thanks for your efforts JC!
Bilskrot said on March 22, 2013
Normally speaking, a Saab gets more beautiful the more you look at it. For me personally, this car doesn’t follow that rule. How could Victor say that they wouldn’t built a retro car? This car is definitely (more than) inspired by the OG 900. ‘Instantly recognizable as a Saab’, he said. Yeah, that’s not that weird if you create a modern version of a well known Saab design.
The difficult thing is to create a car that is instantly recognizable as a Saab, but still a completely new step design wise. Besides that, this design denies one of the basic rules of scandinavian design: form follows function. What are all the bubbles and curves for? It is not an Italian car. I have given it a few weeks, but I remain very disappointed with this concept.
Don’t get me wrong: I’m not a designer and I couldn’t have done better what Jason did. Apart from the question whether or not this is the right design for the next 9-3, it is a very good design job. For me personally however, this shouldn’t have been the next 9-3.
mallthus said on March 22, 2013
I actually see more 96 than OG 900 in this design. Still, point taken vis-a-vis retro-ness of the design.
DUTCH900C said on March 22, 2013
In big lines i like the shape of the car, BUT: 1. Why is this ugly rearspolier mounted and not one in the line as mounted on te Combi-Coupé versions of the SAAB 99 Turbo and as ssen on the Combi-Coupé versions of the SAAB 900 Classic? It would be so much nicer/more SAABisch. 2. As second and my biggest point is: Why so many unnecessary lines, “bubbles”, foldings and more details like that over the complet body? Please take those unnecessary details away and this car would be (in my opinion) more like in the style we have seen form SAAB. My thought: “Less is more” and I would say: Think in terms of this point about the Saab 9-5NG.
aa said on March 22, 2013
Ugly as hell!
RS said on March 22, 2013
So were the base NG 900 and NG 9-3 at first glance. Not to mention the iconic 9-2 and 99. Heck, some people even hated the 900 and 9000 without the spoilers and sideskirts. There where even owners who hated the looks but loved the car
Marque said on March 22, 2013
While these pics truly put the JC 9-3 into a different perspective over the previous shots on the physical concepts, I still do have concerns. The good point is that the car is actually nice, does look great and have nothing to be ashamed of, but the bad, to me at least, is that it doesn’t look like a Saab at all! None of my impressions reflect I am looking at a SAAB. However my impressions indicate that the design language is a mix of that of a BMW and a Jaguar.
Anyhow, I congratulate to JC and thank him for his great efforts on designing an up to date and great car, what he truly has created! The thing that it’s not Saaby to me doesn’t really detract anything from the greatness of his artwork.
I love it -if it can do this: http://www.saabsunited.com/upload/images2009/07/which_is_your_favourite_saab_900/saab900-5-door.jpg If not not, slightly redesign the rear bumper and door. Front lights and hood are maybe a tad over aggressive but SAAB would have needed to make a big time splash so bland wasn’t/isn’t an option.
Is it tall enough to fit adults in the backseat?
RS said on March 23, 2013
Follow-up on my previous wish. HINT: http://www.saabsunited.com/wp-content/uploads/na_95sc_rearhatch.jpg
And yes like many have said, smoothen out the unnecessary edges from the overall design.
dcpattie said on March 22, 2013
The back end shot is stunning. Looks like a cross between the old 900 and a Porsche 911. Love it…NEVS please build it!
Completely agree. The back end is epic.
A-RO 95 said on March 22, 2013
I’m sorry, I really don’t like it. Scandinavian design should be clean and efficient this is just too fussy with too many lines and surfaces. IMHO.
nickX said on March 22, 2013
A bit cleaner would indeed be even better, but I really like it, prefer it to every alternative on the market and buy in a minute!!
JoPlSe said on March 22, 2013
Are these real photos? It looks more like computer generated pictures to me. However, they look much better than the real pictures of the mule.
Of course are these CGI’s.
Who should have build this car after Saab’s bankruptcy?
JoPlSe said on March 23, 2013
Well, who said they did not have more advanced models built before the bankruptcy? The question is, would the real thing look anything like these CGI’s? It’s hard to imagine that hideous mule looking as good as these pictures
welshwizard645 said on March 22, 2013
Only one aspect of the car makes me ANGRY…
the fact that it is not being produced – in an ideal world the Padian or Castriota NG9-3 would be produced already, I’d wait for all the niggles to be ironed out and I can replace Dame Edna with the Aero model…
GM and SweGov have denied me this car. die Die DIE scumbags!
Carlo A said on March 22, 2013
I confirm that I like the overall car very much …..
although I remain with my “old” minor reservations: 1) the front/bonnet is muscular and sporty, while the tail is linear and minimalist … to me this is a mismatch that I do not like. For example I would remove the bump/nose in the centre of the bonnet that is a bit “too much” … at the end of the day, it is a sporty saloon, not a Ferrari 2) I do not like very much the side profile pointing downwards in the tail … lifting that up a little bit would make the car look less like an Audi A7
Ward Schoonbrood said on March 22, 2013
I think it’s great! Now it really looks clean, sporty, strong and elegant. Very good job, Jason Castriota. I hope Castriota and NEVS will work together to design new Saabs, even if it deviates a bit from the design shown in these pictures, as I can imagine. A great Saab.
It’s weird because the last round of pics were not to my taste, but these most recent ones show the car in a totally different light. It looks strong, sporty, harkens back to the 900 hatches, and has it’s own, completely different design language that I think could really take SAAB somewhere new. Build it, NEVS, and I will buy it.
Coke is it said on March 22, 2013
I will also buy it, and so will plenty of other people do. The design is a winner
Nevs, just build it!
scand said on March 22, 2013
I still find it puzzling that Castriotas would allow the release of the previous crappy pics, when these, and maybe other even better ones exist, that show his work off so much better, were – apparently- not allowed to be published.
Surely you would want your best work out there..if its going to be out at all.
Tim said on March 22, 2013
It was not up to him
I was under the impression that he ‘owned’ the rights to it, seeing as he was a subcontractor, and not paid. if I recall, SU’s posts on this were always alluding to what he would allow to be published ??
if not him – who is controlling the release of them ?
If you knew how busy Jason was in the past few weeks since we broke the initial images you’d understand why he didn’t exactly have a prepared media strategy to deal with the aftermath. It’s not like he’s Fiat/Chrysler after the initial Cherokee images leaked out, he doesn’t have a whole division to deal with it.
All he had to do – presumably – was attach a few jpegs from his laptop and email them to wherever, I would guess. How hard is that !
media strategy ? its not like he needs to go do press conferences to promote a stillborn design, certainly if his schedule didnt allow.
I still contend that good, or great images/renderings of his 9-3 work exist – maybe even better than the ones out there now, and those prior ones especially, ended up making it more controversial than it needed to be – and painted him, perhaps in a negative light. No designer wants or needs that!
leriksso said on March 22, 2013
The front might be OK..but just OK …but….the back…nooooooooooo
mattea said on March 22, 2013
I lik ethe front, but as you…. the rear… didn`t like the classic 900 whit low spoiler, but lowed it whit it`s spoiler direct under the rear window.
tcastaldi said on March 22, 2013
I love it, that’s what I’m talkin about! Now THAT is a modern day SAAB! I love the design language, front to back! This is a home run and would have sold like hot cakes! We were so close to saving SAAB!
I don’t think the sharp line to shape the rear tire well fits with the rest of the car. Sure the line is picked back up in the rear bumper but all the other curves are softer and then that one is very sharp. I also agree with previous comments that the front doesn’t match the same feel as back and they should be better integrated with one another. In general, I like the idea of going back to the hatchback but I have always been a fan of the sloped sedan like hatch rather than the vertical rear hatch as it is more practical to me than a straight sedan and allows more room than the vertical hatch that shortens the car to keep it from being a wagon.
JH said on March 22, 2013
I really, really like it! Especially the hatchback rear with the spoiler and LED stripe. Beautiful!
I’m not a big fan of the bulb on the hood, though, but I reserve my judgement until I’ve seen it in the metal. Hopefully NEVS will build something like this in a few years.
Patrik H said on March 22, 2013
I just cannot pull myself to love it. Saab needed to move its design language forward, not do a retro pastiche. A quite poor pastiche if I say so myself. The rear and rear-angled view are quite attractive. Side profile and front, in my opinion, need considerable work. As many have mentioned, it’s just too, too busy of a design to be Saab or Scandinavian.
Yes – and still the clear lines form the the front end of the hood to the side-windows are missing (and therefore the whole “one-line-design” from the 900, 9-3 etc – a design which were holding the whole body together and thus very meaningful )… – the same is the Scandinavian simplicity and minimalism… – to many details.
I Couldn’t agree more about the retro pastiche and the business of the design.
keifer5448 said on March 22, 2013
I think it is great because it gets back to the love-it-or-hate-it styling… instead of the middle-of-the-road GM styling.
That’s a good point. A saab should be polarizing. When too many people find it pretty, it probably is a bad Saab design.
However, a design can be polarizing and typically scandinavian at the same time. This isn’t.
Samuel said on March 22, 2013
hi everyone sorry to tell but this design hurts sooooo much, don´t belive that SAAB may come to built this it´s really really bad don´t like it at all sorry SAAB but still not going in the right way
Allan B said on March 22, 2013
Hey, Jason Castriota might have won me over here! Intrigued by the way it seems to have combined the disparate elements of the 99 (angular, clean) and the 96 (rounded, contoured). Love especially the nod to the 99 combi with the tail (could have done with an even longer tail but let’s not be greedy). I hope the creases and bulges help prevent the car looking bloated in the metal, which is a risk if a large modern car design is too clean – the ng9-5 suffers a little from this issue. Excited about seeing one for real. Good work, carry on…
nils said on March 22, 2013
Still not my cup of tea. Too loaded, too many features and not aerodynamic enough. (A Cd of 0.20 would have been appropriate.)
A Cd of 0.20 would have been appropriate.
Why 0.2 and not 0.195 or 0.205?
How do you know that theCd is so much worse than 0.2?
Please enlighten me.
nils said on March 25, 2013
The Cd is probably pretty impressive, thanks to details like the grille and car-underbody. (We have seen figures like 0.24-0.25 leaked earlier. )
However, instead of having useless muscle-car inspired features like that bonnet, I would have preferred a much cleaner design with aerodynamic features such as covered rear wheels, like the Ur-Saab.
Thylmuc said on March 26, 2013
I agree. It is about time that the aerodynmics get more emphasis again, looking at ever increasing oil prices. I just love covered wheels (e.g. Citroen SM).
Otoh, reaching below 0.2 is a daunting task that requires compromises. The VW XL1 is an example. Quite like the design, but totally impractical: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:2013-03-05_Geneva_Motor_Show_7986_zoom_in.JPG
BTG88 said on March 22, 2013
Certainly better than the ‘in the flesh’ photos we saw earlier. Is it clearly recognizable as a Saab? In my opinion, no. Would it have been the car they would have saved Saab? Again, no. Does it look like a lot of cars out there? Yes. You could put and Infiniti badge on this and no one would be the wiser. I actually preferred the prototype shown at the auto show (minus the buttresses, which were a OTT design indulgence).
Tiago do Vale said on March 22, 2013
Though I love Castriota’s work through all of his career, and see so much merit and so much of Saab in this design (which isn’t an easy feat at all!) I feel a bit awkward about it.
It looks quite more at the past than it looks at the future, which isn’t a very optimist way to design, in my opinion…
I miss Simon Padian’s clean Saabs of the future, and Mauer’s crazy Saabs of the future. In this context Castriota’s 9-3 seems surprisingly conservative (maybe in real life it would surprise me: it’s quite possible), specially considering what he used us to… He was reheating Saabs of the past instead of giving a recognizing nod to them while looking ahead.
Well, that’s my current opinion, though.. It may change as time goes by.
Joel said on March 22, 2013
Finally! And thank goodness it has been MASSIVELY improved since the mule shots we saw a while ago.
I’m a fan now, 100%, no question.
KenB said on March 22, 2013
I’m in the camp with those unhappy about all of the unnecessary lines. I moved on from Saab in early 2011 (to a 2010 A4 and now a 2013 328i). I still want the 2001 9X and I’m not even an SUV/CUV kind of guy. The front and back ends are clean, the headlights distinctive, and the form incredibly practical. (My first Saab was a ’96 900 SE Turbo 5-door.)
JoPlSe said on March 24, 2013
Donald North said on March 22, 2013
I don’t like it at all and have a hard time believing fans of the classic 900 would like this. It looks like a mix of the NG9-5 (not a good thing) and some previous Hyundai and Infiniti cars.
NEVS should do their homework and identify what made the classic 900 special and evolve it into the 21st century, just as Porsche has done with the 911.
Geoff Nolan said on March 22, 2013
I quite like the look of these pictures and feel like I owe Jason Castriota an apology after what I thought about the first pictures…!
Ben said on March 22, 2013
Love it. Hope nevs is in talks with Jason to bring this to life.
Redders said on March 23, 2013
Personally, I thought the earlier pictures of the ‘test mules’ were horrible and showed little if any design creativity. However these pictures of the proposed 9-3 look great, although it still needs work in my opinion. The rear end looks fantastic along with the rear quarter and ‘duck tail’ spoiler. The side profile looks OK but I’m not fussed on the wheel arches, they look a bit too much. The front looks fantastic with the exception of the bonnet ‘hump’ loose this for a ‘clam shell’ less cluttered design and it would great with retro styling and great aerodynamics, I’m sure it would appear to customers new and old to Saab.
saabluster said on March 23, 2013
Um…..No. Just no. This is better than what has been shown here prior to this but it still is not there. It reminds me of Japanese cars like the Subaru and Mitsubishi 3000gt. It has some nice details but step out and look at the whole of the car and it fails miserably. It just doesn’t feel right. It doesn’t feel Saab.
It looks like some design student’s attempt at a Saab where the subject had been assigned and not done out of a keen love and understanding for everything Saab. Which is I guess exactly what happened so it’s no real big surprise we got the result we did.
Heads up guys. I was really warming up to the JC design until I saw this: http://www.automotorsport.se/bilder/?id=758479 OUTCH! That hood is plain awful.
Ralph said on March 23, 2013
Ghastly ! (I always wanted to use that word and this is the right moment)
Remdu67 said on March 23, 2013
Over the debate “like or not like”, what this concept car stands for scandinavian design ? (I miss Antony Loo, so much…) :-/
hilmar said on March 23, 2013
Still nothing for me, I am missing the clear design language. This design doesn´t derive its origin from a country with forests, water, skerries and rocks, ice and snow. However you can put this car next to a Mediterranean harbour. Just a gut feeling.
saabyurk said on March 23, 2013
Guess I’ll throw my opinion out here too. I now like the Castriota design. It might deviate from the clean smooth Scandinavian look of prior Saabs but I like the strong and firmly planted look. The ridges are derided by many but I can see where they may be designed to direct airflow and keep it laminar over the car. I think the ridges would also add some rigidity to the large panels which might otherwise have a sub-audible resonant vibration which is known to cause discomfort on long trips, even though the vibrations are undetectable by the human ear. I even like the duck-tail spoiler. It can see where it’s designed to do its job without creating unnecessary drag (see the horizontal upper surface in side view images). Thus, form follows function, a Saab design ethos. I don’t believe in Saab “design cues”, only the design ethos. The cues are just unnecessary baggage. Sadly, I guess we’ll never know if it would have been a success in the world marketplace.
3cyl said on March 23, 2013
Too much makeup. Would be a nice option for those who like a busy design.
terry9000k said on March 23, 2013
. Still not doing it for me.
Whilst I can see Saab styling in some places it reminds me of the big BMs of a few years ago, Creases, lines & Styling cues everywhere:
Mark said on March 23, 2013
This design is growing on me a little. It doesn’t have quite as much of the flabby/bloated look of the Lo/Padian designs, and is thankfully devoid of the gaping fish mouth that adorned everything from those guys since the Aero-X. I’d still like to see J.C’s design in a purer 3 door hatch coupe. Hopefully there’s at least a computer generated image somewhere?
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