The Saab PhoeniX concept was not understood by everybody when it was presented at the Geneva Motor Show back in 2011. But it was the concept that should have started a new phase in the life of Saab as a car […]
What would the German imitation be? I’m not recalling anything as exciting from Germany..
Bmw i8 is the sequel to the BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics that Bmw showed in 2009. Castriota probably looked at that car when he designed the Phoenix.
The ”wings” on BMW i8 are very Phoenix.
Although JC did not like to admit it when I asked him on that.
Time has not changed my view on this car one bit. That is no Saab. More akin to the 9-7x which although bearing the name Saab also was no Saab. A badge does not a Saab make.
There is some truth in that. As no Saab cars based on that design language hit the road it is difficult to relate it to the Saab history, but is a car that represent a part of the Saab history, although not the most successful one.
The 9-7x or the 9-2x on the other side where simply re-badge exercises from GM, a completely different thing.
Must admit it never did that much for me – some great touches but not a huge fan of the overall language, seems a vast departure from Scandinavian design thinking.. But not having seen it in the metal, it’s hard to be too critical. I suspect it is much much smaller than it looks.
But you also have to admit, it is very, very striking, and very interesting. A conversation starter.
Looking back at the year for the concept of the i8, it would appear that Jason got some design cues from BMW rather than the other way around. Thinking about this kinda makes me glad that it didn’t become some production car if he was just trying to copy BMW. I mean, I know they were going to be using engines from BMW but don’t want their design too.
I don’t know where you get your information, but first i8 concept was presented at the IAA in Frankfurt in September 11, the PhoeniX was presented in March 11 in Geneva.
It’s correct that BMW I8 was presented in 2011 but the BMW Vision Efficient Dynamics was presented in 2009. Look at the position of the mirrors. It’s the same for Phoenix and the Eff.Dynamics but not for the i8.