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Geneva Motor Show: Saab hints at future design direction with Phoenix

Saab has revealed a bold new Phoenix which shows off the first design concept outside the influence of General Motors. Saab Phoenix 2011

The Phoenix is expected to shape the next generation of cars from Saab under the supervision of new owners Spyker.

The Phoenix is based on the new architecture which underpins the new 9-3.

Jason Castriota, Saab Automobile’s executive design director, said: “The Phoenix establishes a new reference point for the future of Saab product design.

“It symbolises a renaissance of the innovative spirit and passion that drove Saab to build its first car. We’re now taking the visual DNA forward with what we call ‘aeromotional’ design, adding emotion, power and fluidity. This design aesthetic will shape and differentiate future models in the Saab portfolio.”

The new concept car features an electrically-driven rear axle mated to a 200bhp, 1.6-litre petrol turbo engine driving the front wheels. Saab says the Phoenix will return 56.5mpg and emits tail pipe emissions of 119g/km of CO2.

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