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