Once again, to augment the very capable and welcome coverage from Geneva by our own Swade and RedJ, I bring you the following links and information from around the internet. Enjoy!
Via MusicforaNurse on Twitter: I think the Saab PhoeniX hit the mark!
I am glad to see a little love for the new 9-5 SportCombi from Autoblog. They call it “one sharp cargo-hauler”, and I tend to agree:
More 9-5 SportCombi photos from Autoblog may be found here.
Venerable auto media giant Motor Trend weighs in with a reminder that Phoenix was a Pontiac compact in the ’70’s and ’80’s, but certainly gives credit where it is due, saying, “The car may be a bit busy, but it is gorgeous…”
Wired magazine has a great post entitled “Saab’s Surprisingly Slick PhoeniX Hybrid” that, not surprisingly, details as much about the Google-Android-based IQon system as does about the car overall. I love this bit:
Saab floored a lot of people at the Geneva auto show with the Phoenix, a slick gas-electric concept that provides a glimpse of the automaker’s future now that Spyker’s taken over from General Motors.
James Bell, correspondent for USA Today, says this in a very short article:
Just 12 months ago, Saab was on the verge of liquidation. Today, they are a perfect example of the spirit and energy seen in people and companies poised for growth in the post-meltdown era.
USA Today also takes issue with the fanciful prose from the Saab press kit. I might agree….
Britain’s What Car? goes under the skin to explore the underpinnings of the Saab PhoeniX with our Jan-Åke Jonsson.
Jonsson insists that the new architecture is essential to Saab’s independence (it was sold by General Motors just over a year ago) and, although expensive, will ultimately save money.
‘We will be able to use the same powertrains in all our vehicles and build them in the same plant (Trollhattan in Sweden), so there are lots of benefits,’ he said.
Cars.com likes the Saab PhoeniX overall, but they dislike the winglets on either side of the roof. WARNING: “Q” word in use!
Swade, RedJ, Golfhunter, Robin, et al: enjoy Switzerland, keep sending information!