2011 SAAB PHOENIX CONCEPT
The PhoeniX concept car that previews design features and technologies that will be used by future Saab models. According to Saab, it introduces an “aeromotional” design, which the company describes as the “the visual evocation of the aerodynamic design principles”.
Based on the platform that will underpin the next-generation Saab 9-3, the PhoeniX was penned under the supervision of the firm’s new design boss, Jason Castriota. The sports coupe features dramatic details such as the rear-lateral winglets reminding of Saab’s aeronautical roots and the jet canopy-inspired glasshouse. The front includes a new interpretation of the brand’s signature three-port grille which is likely to be seen on future models, as well as the muscular hood.
The PhoeniX features Saab’s all-new IQon infotainment and communications system and a new expression of the driver-focused layout. The IQon uses Google’s Android operating system and manages audio and entertainment streaming, online navigation, on-board music storage and downloading of applications.
2011 Saab PhoeniX Concept get aerodynamic treatment enable a drag co-efficient of just 0.25. The doors open upwards, like on the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, and offer access to the interior, which has a 2+2 layout.
The PhoeniX is powered by an innovative driveline, with an electrically-driven rear axle combined with a 200HP 1.6-liter gasoline turbo engine (most likely sourced from the BMW Group) that motivates the front wheels. The electric motor/generator develops 34 hp and is powered by a small battery pack, which uses regenerative braking to sustain the charge.
The eXWD hybrid all-wheel drive setup and the start-stop system allow for an average fuel consumption of only 5 liters/100 km (47 mpg) and a CO2 emissions level of 119 g/km. The eco-friendliness doesn’t mean the PhoeniX is “soft”: it does 0 to 100 km/h (62mph) in 5.9 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).
The Saab PhoeniX Concept offers three eXWD operating modes: Eco, Sport and Traction. The first is set by default and delivers optimal fuel and CO2 efficiency, the second includes maximum power assistance with torque vectoring across the rear-axle and the third enables optimal grip in slippery conditions and at take-off.
2011 FIAT 500 COUPE ZAGATO CONCEPT
The Zagato is based on the popular Fiat 500 mini and is the result of the collaboration between the Fiat Group Automobiles’ Centro Stile and the Zagato design house. The the “500 Coupé Zagato” is said to have been inspired by the namesake predecessor built in the 1950 by the famous Italian bodyworker on the chassis of the original 500.
The 500 concept is identical to the standard three-door hatchback model. However, the concept gets a completely new top with a sloping coupe-like roof featuring Zagato’s trademark double-bubble design.
The concept is 3,550 mm long, 1,630 mm wide and 1,490 mm high, with a 2,300 mm wheelbase. Inside, Fiat says the 500 Coupe gets a 2+2 seating layout and a bespoke interior with sporty “diamond” seats trimmed in black and yellow two-tone leathers and other unique features.
2011 Fiat 500 Coupe Zagato Concept accommodates the needs of a female and male target owing to the painstaking pursuit of stylistic solutions resulting from the most interesting trends on colours and materials. For instance, the prototype livery is Pop Yellow, a specific three-layer bodypaint colour tending towards white which emphasises the vehicle contour while giving it a pop image, full of energy and brimming with personality.
Fitted with features include the burnished chrome exterior elements, 17-inch chrome shadow alloy wheelss with a brand new double spoked shape and synthetic inserts wrapped in 205/40 R17 tires and 4 perforated brake discs.
Powered by y Fiat’s turbocharged two-cylinder gasoline unit with 105 HP at 5,500 rpm and 155 Nm (114 lb-ft) of peak torque at 2,500 rpm, which promises reduced fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of just 95 g/km.