Student Saab Design concepts

Last month I shared some student designs from the Umea Institute of Design, which were done with Saab in mind, mixing the Saab brand along with the values of several other noted brands.

The illustration below is from another student designer from Umea, however it wasn’t amongst those covered in the earlier entry and from what I can tell, isn’t part of the ‘mixed brands’ project.

This car was designed by a student named Yungho Jung as a Saab for the year 2025. The aim is to prove that cars can be made safer for pedestrians without being boring to look at (regulations are standardising the proportions of many vehicles in the name of pedestrian safety).

The main theme of the project is safety, as Yungho noticed that most of accidents occur due to carelessness of drivers or speeding. The body of this Saab is made of a flexible composite and can change its shape, absorbing impacts to reduce damage.

Of course, Saab historians will remember that Saab pioneered flexible, impact absorbing bumpers in the early 1970s. This concept combines that idea and modern materials to bring the concept to the whole vehicle.


And whilst we’re talking student designs, this is a short animation from one of the Umea students, Travis Vanietti, who designed a Saab combined with brand values from Swedish retailer, H&M.

Innovating Dreams from TJ Vaninetti on Vimeo.


8 thoughts on “Student Saab Design concepts”

  1. I wonder how well that Saab would work in the -25 we had in Umeå this morning, a lot of angles that would be filled with a lot of ice and snow. But fun anyway to see that much work regarding Saab in this Volvo-town.

    My 9-5 SC worked like a charm of course, btw.

  2. It’s a good looking car (except for those ridiculous wheels), but it looks more like a 1970s concept than it should.

    Rather than having a long hood/short deck, a 2025 car will probably not have any large area for the engine. Either liquid fuel motors will be entirely gone, or they will be downsized to the point where they don’t take up nearly as much space.

    Of course, that’s an engineering issue more than a design issue.

    • I agree about the internal combustion engines being severely downsized. I doubt they’ll be gone by 2025; too soon 😉 You DO bring up a good point about practicality, however. Just how practical would a car like this be in the upcoming future?

      I like it though. It’s a little flashy/aggressive for a Saab (which is fine), but not over-the-top like some expensive exotics. It’s kind of odd how the back end is shaped, but other than that, I really like it. And I like the wheels on it, in a “they go with the car” sort of way–not a “I’d put them on MY car” sort of way. They’re very “Saab concept” to me. The whole thing looks very “Saab concept” really: design cues from the Aero X and 9-X Air. I like it!

  3. It looks very cool! It has nice lines in the photos so I can imagine in the metal 🙂 It looks sort’a like a jet or stealth bomber. Isn’t this where SAAB is supposed to be heading with the next 9-3? Very nice concept, GOOD JOB!

  4. Very nice….. and while I am not a fan of the larger wheels, I know it’s the trend for today. I like the lines, the shape of it all…. but, as we all know, it will be worthless without a diesel engine 😉

  5. Looks okay, but the solid tyres (or what might as well be) wouldn’t do much for the ride. Perhaps roads might be perfect by 2025? I somehow doubt it…

  6. Looks like something from TRON.
    Violates the basic Saab design requirement for simplicity, there are just too many nooks and crannies.
    I’m not saying that I don’t like the design. I think it is interesting, but I don’t see this kind of Saab in the near future.

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